Metro Minds STEAM Challenge for teachers

Metro Minds STEAM Challenge guidance for teachers

Are your students 21st century thinkers? Would you like to foster their local citizenship, creativity, entrepreneurialism, collaboration, empathy, decision making, authentic connections and innovations? If so, we have the challenge for you!

Sydney Metro invites your Year 9 and 10 STEAM Challenge students to come up with an innovative idea that would help support Sydney Metro’s goal of connecting Sydney. The Challenge is focused on providing an outstanding NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculum-linked learning experience that aligns to the English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, Visual Arts or Commerce syllabuses.

Competition details - what your students need to do

Students in Years 9 to 10 work in teams of four to six members. They will use the design thinking process to create and develop an innovative solution to a real challenge or opportunity that Sydney Metro has faced or may face, as we work on Australia’s biggest transport project.

  • Students could base their innovation on an opportunity or challenge from several priority areas including sustainability, construction, new technologies, customer needs and engagements and safety. For more ideas, see the competition brochure  for more areas.
  • Team members will take on real jobs to innovate, work through the design thinking process, and pitch their ideas.
  • Teams are asked to submit a short concept brief, video pitch and presentation.
  • Finalists will pitch ideas to a panel of Sydney Metro experts and innovators.

For more information, download the competition brochure and the design thinking process.


The winning team will win:

Team | $1,500
Teacher | $500 
School | $500 towards development of STEAM Challenge projects in school

Each finalist team will win:
Finalist team | $600 (per team)
Teacher | $300
School | $300

Competition timeline

Years 9-10
Registrations open
5 March 2018
Registrations close
12 May 2018
Submission due
22 June 2018
Finalists announced 
2 July 2018
Finalists ceremony
9 August 2018

Judging Criteria

For information about the assessment criteria and rubric that the judges will use, see judging criteria.

Curriculum links

The Metro Minds STEAM Challenge is an educational competition that focuses on providing NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculum-linked learning experiences. With a strong focus on project-based learning linked to an authentic context, our STEAM Challenge has direct links to STEAM learning areas across the curriculum and to the cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities. For more information, see Metro Minds STEAM Challenge curriculum links.


To enter your team, use this online registration form.

Submit your entry

Submit the entries of your students via this online entry form.

Coordinating teacher

Each school will need to nominate a coordinating teacher who will be responsible for the following:

  • registering your school and participants
  • checking email communications throughout the competition
  • distributing teacher and student resource packs
  • coordinating contact between your students and your school’s Metro Ambassador
  • keeping track of student progress
  • overseeing student final submissions.

The coordinating teacher will also receive a great prize if a team from your school is chosen as a finalist.

School resource pack

Each coordinating teacher will receive a resource support pack containing:

  • a welcome letter
  • a guide with instructions and information to support students
  • information on Sydney Metro.

Metro Minds ambassadors

Sydney Metro is committed to supporting each participating school throughout the Metro Minds STEAM Challenge. Schools may be assigned a Metro Minds ambassador to give students insights, guidance and feedback throughout their design thinking process.

Competition resources

Sydney Metro has a large range of downloadable resources that will help you on your Metro Minds STEAM Challenge journey. Explore the Sydney Metro website for inspiration and check this page periodically to see new resources.

Metro Minds Challenge 'how to' guide

The competition brochure is a helpful guide with instructions and hints to support you at each stage of the competition journey.

What is 'design thinking'?

Sydney Metro has created an easy-to-use document that explains each stage of the design thinking process, with helpful hints and examples.

Competition terms and conditions

For a full list, see the terms and conditions.

About Sydney Metro

To investigate the project, explore the Sydney Metro website.


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