Game Changer final win

School beats 100 others for spot in city challenge

YAGOONA Public School will be focused on the future when they travel to the city in August as one of the finalists in the 2019 Game Changer Challenge.
Out of 100 entries across NSW, the NSW Department of Education selected only 18 schools – nine primary and nine secondary school teams of up to six students each – as finalists in the challenge which will be held during Education Week, August 5-9, with entries were based on a 60-second video application outlining the school team’s ideas on how to humanise technology.
The Yagoona Public School entry examined how to bring human qualities such as empathy to the fore by interacting with machines of the future via touch and sound. Their innovative entry also envisioned technology that could offer solutions based on a clever “what would mum do” style of intuition.
Teacher Lorna Neilson said the six students were thrilled to be selected as finalists.
“During the workshop stage in the city, we are looking forward to being mentored by experts from Apple and Google among others,” she said.
“It has been a fantastic opportunity to promote future-focused skills such as problem solving, creative and critical thinking.”
The challenge winner will be selected after a Shark Tank-style pitch to industry and education experts.
Education Week is an annual statewide event held to highlight the achievement of NSW public schools and their students. The theme for 2019 is ‘Every student, every voice’.