Cudgegong Valley Pubilc School taking Game Changer Challenge

Cudgee Crew: Adam Travis, Tara Wilson, Tahlia Cooke, Estelle Purkiss, Ben Jeeves, and William Buckley.
Cudgee Crew: Adam Travis, Tara Wilson, Tahlia Cooke, Estelle Purkiss, Ben Jeeves, and William Buckley.

Cudgegong Valley is one of just 16 teams from schools across NSW selected to undertake the first ever Game Changer Challenge as part of Education Week 2018.

They were selected from 100 video entries that outlined each school’s idea for the school of the future.

The Cudgee Crew’s vision was focused on  sustainability, technology and lifestyle.

Their sustainable school will be self-sufficient in power, water and food; virtual reality will give their country students access to more experiences and eliminate distance as an issue; and chairs that read students level of comfort as well as their mood will provide the physical and emotional support students need.

The CVPS team will travel to the Education Department’s new state office in Parramatta for the three-day challenge, which kicks off on Tuesday.

Day one will see the teachers learn how to apply design thinking methodology in their classroom while leaders from the creative and edu-tech industries inspire and equip students with the skills they need to carry out the challenge the following day. To help unlock their inhibition and get their creative forces flowing, the teams will also participate in a poetry slam workshop by Miles Merrill.

On Day two, teachers, students and industry mentors will collaborate in a one-day sprint to design the school of the future, followed by an evening session in the makerspace to design their prototypes. To get them to the finish line, teams will also participate in energy and creativity building exercises led by Australian Ninja Warrior Jack Wilson. 

Day three is pitch day, where the challenge winner will be selected after a Shark Tank-style pitch to industry and education experts.

Follow the challenge on Twitter #GameChangerChallenge, and visit The Game Changer web pages at education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/education-week/game-changer-challenge