The Minister's Innovation Challenge 2022

The Minister's Innovation Challenge 2022

The Minister’s Innovation Challenge 2022 will see up to 20 teams of Year 8 students from public schools across WA use design thinking to develop innovative solutions to local problems.

The challenge is aimed at ensuring our young people are better prepared to lead and innovate in our changing world and forms part of the Career Learning Toolkit developed to address the critical need for career learning for secondary school students.

The challenge will become the first step in an ongoing immersive journey of design thinking and innovation learning for WA public school students.

Each team’s final pitch will be showcased online through the The Minister’s Innovation Challenge 2022 exhibition, and the 3 top ranked teams will receive cash prizes totalling $6,000.

Key dates

5 September 2022 Expressions of interest open
16 September 2022 Expressions of interest close
Week beginning 19 September 2022 Successful schools advised
3 October 2022 Resources available for school coordinators
17 October 2022 Challenge commences
17 October - 11 November 2022 Industry mentors available to support schools
11 November 2022 Challenge closes
Week beginning 21 November 2022 The Minister's Innovation Challenge 2022 exhibition

 

Industry mentors

Industry mentors are key to the success of the challenge, with each team of Year 8 students to be supported by an experienced industry operator.

Industry mentors should:

  • have a track record in leading or being one of the key players in start-ups, or
  • have a background in innovation in a public company, and
  • be open, respectful and interested in mentoring young people (in this case, Year 8 students).

Please express your interest in being involved as an industry mentor to Dr Lucy Halsall, Principal Consultant, Curriculum Priorities by email lucy.halsall@education.wa.edu.au or phone 6206 2039.