What will the school of the future look like?
That’s the important question students from Armidale and Duval High explored when they undertook the first ever Game Changer Challenge as part of Education Week 2018.
Their efforts earned them a highly commended from a judging panel of industry and education experts.
The three-day challenge kicked off on Tuesday (7 August), at the Education Department’s new state office in Parramatta.
Armidale High year Ella Pringle said the group of six travelled down to Sydney to compete in the educational competition.
“We undertook two days of workshops and then a day of developing and presenting to a panel of judges,” Ella said.
“We wanted to focus on fluidity and flexibility in the curriculum so we designed a prototype app.
“It included elements such as learning paths and each stage you can decide if you want to keep going with the subject or try something different, and by the end they can find their optimum career.
“We wanted to make content more relevant to individuals.”
They were selected to compete in the event from 100 video entries from across the state which outlined each school’s idea for the school of the future.
After two days of workshops, the team of six pitched their vision to a panel of industry expert on the final day and scored a runner-up status.
Duval High student Kieran O’Baoill said he would recommend the challenge to other students.
“It was a really good experience, and I would love to do it again,” he said.
“I really enjoyed friendly competition. We all made a lot of friends there because there were so many schools.”