Unleash your student’s innovation potential at the WA Schools Think Tank Challenge. The challenge is a joint initiative by Water Corporation and the Innovation Institute.

What is the WA Schools Think Tank Challenge?

The WA Schools Think Tank Challenge inspires our next generation of sustainability champions. It empowers young people to learn about the challenges facing our water supply.

As our climate changes and our population increases, we need to find ways to work together as a community. We need to ensure there is enough water for all in the future.

We're inviting school teams from Year 9 and 10 to take part in the challenge. 8-10 students will make up your school’s team. Their task is to develop an innovative solution for a sustainable water future. The challenge question students will answer is:

We care about the environment in which we operate. How can we prepare for the future?

Aligning with the curriculum

All learning areas are invited to participate in the challenge. Find curriculum links applicable for HASS, Science, and English below.

How does it work?

Register your school

Register your interest for the 2022 WA Schools Think Tank Challenge. Participation is free, but registration is essential as places are limited.

Register now

Term 1 – Download Teacher Information pack

Once your school’s registration is confirmed, we will send a link to your Teacher Information pack. This will detail everything you need to prepare your students for the challenge.

Term 2 – Work through student learning materials

Schools will be provided with two pre-recorded modules on design thinking methodology and Perth’s water supply to support their learning journey. The learning modules will provide the background understanding for students to begin formulating their idea and presentation.

Term 3 – Attend one-day Think Tank event

Schools will have a choice of four venues and dates to attend. Teams come prepared with researched innovation solutions. Working with Design Thinking experts, teams will refine their ideas and prepare to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges at the end of the day. Two semi-finalists from each venue will be chosen to progress to the Think Tank finals.

Term 4 – Pitch at Think Tank finals

Finalist schools pitch their ideas to a panel of water industry experts and dignitaries at a final pitch at Water Corporation offices. The winning school will be awarded educational resources to the value of $1,000 and a school trophy.

Watch the video below to see the WA Think Tank Challenge in action.

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If you have any questions, please email partnerships@watercorporation.com.au.