About The Game Changer Awards
The Game Changer Awards is an opportunity for children in Year 3 to Year 10, to showcase their innovative solutions to the worlds challenges (UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals), using project based learning, STEM skills, project based learning, organisation, teamwork and presentation skills.
What sets The Game Changer Awards apart, is that we welcome submissions from teams and individuals, from all types of schooling background. GCA is not a STEM program, it is a STEM competition. This means that we are giving the Children, Teachers and home schooling Parents an opportunity to showcase their STEM Programs and receive recognition for them.
The Children, Teachers and Parents also then have an opportunity to engage, share ideas and start new friendships with people from other schools, companies that sponsor the program and VIP guests from the local government and Universities.
To see examples of previous project winners, have a look at the Winners page and the Gallery for the video and photos of GCA2019.
GCA2020 is following a different format to GCA2019. To account for the impact of Covid-19, GCA2020 will be delivered through a virtual platform and then revert back to the Game Day format in 2021.
This year we are asking schools to register their project through the Register Now button by 5pm on the 27th November 2020.
The registration requires a video submission of not more than 2 minutes, that showcases the project and the process that was followed to deliver it on time.
Note: If the children are to feature in the video, parental permission must be in place, as these videos will be used at the Virtual Awards Evening and loaded to the GCA YouTube Channel and website.
This video will then be watched by the Judges and Teams and discussed during the Virtual Project Presentations, that will be conducted via Video Conference.
A schedule will be made available for the weeks of 30th November to 11th December for times to be booked, for the children to present their projects in two rounds.
The Winners will be notified and invited to the Awards Evening on the 16th December.
All of the project entries will feature in the Awards Evening, with the entire event being streamed live, via Video Conference, for those that cannot attend.
What are the Year Groups?
What are the Judges looking for?
Best Use of STEM
Best Overall Project
In each year group, there are prizes for students and their teachers for Best Use of STEM, Best Overall Project and Best Presentation.
In the tradition of science fairs, we encourage students to unleash their inner innovator to create projects aimed at developing and utilising STEM skills, including project based learning, organisation, teamwork and presentation skills.
History of the Game Changers Awards
The Game Changer Awards was created in 2016 by the WA IT & Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA), to encourage more young people into STEM careers.
The Awards were first held in 2016, with only a few schools attending, as a proof of concept. Both students and teachers found the program to be rewarding, engaging and fun, and it was a resounding success.
In 2018 and 2019, the Awards expanded to over 50 teams from all over Perth, with a few teams from rural areas.