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How To Enter

Project submission close on 11th October 2024 at 5pm.  To enter, please click on the “Register Here” button found on every page of this website and provide the following information:

School name, year group, team name and each team member’s name.

Teacher’s name, email and mobile number.

Project description paragraph (this is your project “pitch” describing your project from concept to solution).

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Regional Schools

The Game Changer Awards Regional Travel Subsidy (GCARTS) provides a funding subsidy to assist teams/students who reside in regional Western Australian with out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs to compete at the GCA State Finals and Awards Ceremony  which is being held on Monday 28th October 2024 at Edith Cowan University Sport and Fitness Centre in Joondalup.

The intent of this grant is to support regional schools to bring individuals/teams who have qualified as a finalist to attend the LIVE event in person, to present their solutions.  This is a State Government funded initiative to promote STEM engagement in the regional areas. The total amount of subsidy is outlined in the table below:

Kimberley Up to $2000
Pilbara Up to $1500
Gascoyne Up to $1500
Goldfields Up to $1000
Mid West Up to $800
Great Southern Up to $800
Wheatbelt $800
South West $500
Peel $500

Application Process

Applications need to be submitted by Wednesday, 11th October 2024.  Grant recipients will be notified within 7 days of that date.  Payments will not be processed until after the event and issued directly to the school. Retrospective applications can be submitted within 1 month of the event date, although there is no guarantee that there will be funds remaining in the pool.

Applications can be submitted by teachers nominating the individual/team from regional schools and students must be:

Permanently reside in regional (country) Western Australia.

Selected by submission and first round judging to be a finalist in a category of the Game Changer Awards.

Willing to bring themselves and their project work at the GCA State Finals and Awards Ceremony.

Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Register your Interest

Please register your interest in accessing this grant

First Name
Last Name
E-mail Address
Phone Number

GCA State Finals and Awards Ceremony

The GCA State Finals and Awards Ceremony will be run on Monday, 28th October 2024 at the Edith Cowan University Sport and Fitness Centre in Joondalup. Student teams will be required to set up a project display (science fair) on the day and the teams will have the opportunity to present their STEM project to a panel of judges. These judges will assess the merit of their projects during the day to determine the award winners.

Please understand that spaces for GCA State Finals and Awards Ceremony are limited, so be sure to get your entries in quick so that your school doesn’t miss out.

What Are Judges Looking For

Best STEM Entry Overall

Best Use Of

Best Use Of

The 5 Criterias For Judging

Explain the problem you are tying to solve.

Student should be able to explain why they chose the problem, who the solution is likely to benefit and talk about other similar solutions which they researched during the ideation phase of their project.

Describe the benefits of your solution.

Students should address the specific benefits of their solution, how it will solve the problem and why it would be preferable to other similar solutions, if applicable.

Explain the formula or equations used.

Students should be able to show the principles of any mathematics used to formulate their solution, to a level appropriate for their age group. It is suggested that younger students may want to use a worked example as a memory aid.

Explain the scientific
principles used.

Students should be able to briefly describe the theory behind any scientific principles they have used to formulate their solution. Use of sources is encouraged. Older students should be able to talk about any flaws or limitations in applying the principles to their problem.

Describe any improvments to your solution.

Students should have thought about any improvements that they would like to make given extra time or resources. They should be able to talk about why these improvements would be beneficial.

Project Showcase & Awards Ceremony

The Project Showcase and Awards Ceremony will be run on Monday, 28th October 2024 at the Edith Cowan University Sport and Fitness Centre from 9am to 3pm.. Students groups will be provided with a science fair display which includes 1 x table and 1 x pinboard and will be required to pitch their STEM project idea to judges.  This is a very special day in the GCA calendar with lots of displays and fun STEM activities to engage both students and parents/teachers. We highly recommend the participation of parents in this celebration of their child’s achievements and innovation.

Category winners will be announced on the day by our various sponsors. You will also hear from WA Government officials, our GCA Ambassadors, Sponsors and the Game Changer Awards team. Prizes will be awarded to students and their teachers in each year group for Best Overall Project, Best Use of STEM and Best Presentation. Additional prizes will also be presented to schools and individuals throughout the event.