EP STEALTH Challenge 2020

In 2020, EP is running the first cross-curricular teacher challenge - the 'STEALTH' Challenge. As part of this challenge, EP is inviting teachers to submit a cross-curricular challenge question that links to the theme 'Deep Blue: Innovations for the future of our oceans' that will become the 2020 Student Challenge question in Term 3.

Who can take part?

Any teacher from any subject across all Australian and New Zealand schools.

What are the dates for the Teacher Challenge?

June 1st 2020 - June 30th 2020.

Is there a cost to take part?

No.

How do I take part?

Simply email your challenge question to support@educationperfect.com by the 30th of June.

What prizes can I win?

The best question submitted will become the Student Challenge question and turned into an EP lesson that is hosted in our Cross-Curricular subject space for teachers to use with their students. You will also win $1000 towards conference fees of your choice and a complimentary ticket to one of our 2021 EPIC events in your closest capital city (travel and accommodation not included with the EPIC ticket).
There will also be prizes of $500 and $250 towards conference fees for the next two best entries as well as complimentary EPIC tickets for these teachers.

Does the question have to relate to a specific theme?

Yes, the theme for the 2020 Teacher & Student Challenge is Deep Blue: Innovations for the future of our oceans.

What does that theme include? Can you give me some more ideas?

Teachers can incorporate any the following ideas, but they are definitely not limited within their creativity:

  • The ocean and coastal environment.
  • Oceanography, climatology and meteorology.
  • Maritime safety and security.
  • Shipping traffic (particularly international) and ports.
  • Offshore oil and gas.
  • Fisheries.
  • Aquaculture (ocean/coastal).
  • Ocean renewable energy.
  • Oil spills and other human-induced marine incidents.
  • Coastal surges, sea-level rise and other climate-related incidents including climate change.
  • Tourism (ocean/coastal).
  • Seabed mineral exploration.
  • Marine biotechnology.

What exactly are you looking for when you say a ‘Challenge’ question?

The type of questions we are looking for will:

  • Involve as many of the different subject areas listed - Science, Technology, English, Maths, Languages & Humanities.
  • Be multistep and complex.
  • Require students to be creative and come up with a solution to a real-world problem.
  • Be a scenario-based question.
  • Be accessible for all students, while still being challenging and thought provoking.
  • Require students to put in a considerable amount of work to complete - the Challenge will be open for all of Term 3 for the students to work on.
  • Incorporate a range of activities - utilising the various features of the EP Content Library, research, model making/designing culminating with the students being required to upload their final solution to the problem posed in whichever format they wish (explanation video, report, photostory, etc).

Can you give me an example of a good student challenge question that incorporates what you are looking for?

Here is an of a example challenge that meets a range of the criteria above:

  • Monitoring the quality of our oceans is important to be able to maintain the biodiversity within them. The United Nations have requested that people propose designs for an ‘ocean probe’ that will allow them to monitor the health of a particular ocean.
  • Your task is to choose an ocean that you are going to monitor and design a suitable structure that you will ‘pitch’ to the UN for consideration for the ocean probe project.
  • You are required to design an ocean probe that is able to monitor at least 3 abiotic factors that have an impact on the particular ocean you have chosen. As part of your task, you will need to draw a scaled design of your structure and build a model of this (this does not have to be a ‘real’ model, you can use online modelling software as well).
  • Once you have completed your scaled design and model, create a short video or report that uses persuasive text to help convince the UN that your model is the best ocean probe available to do the job of monitoring the health of the oceans in order to maintain biodiversity.

Can I submit more than one question?

Yes, you may submit as many questions as you like.

Can I work with a colleague?

Yes, we encourage cross-subject collaboration between teachers to come up with a challenge question. Please note, if your question is chosen as the winning question you will need to divide the prize between the number of collaborators.

I don’t know anything about Languages, Humanities or English, can I still contribute a question?

Of course you can. Just be mindful we are looking for a challenge question that is going to cover as many subjects that are offered by EP so it might be worth seeing if you can collaborate with a colleague who is confident in these subject areas.

Is there a word limit to the challenge?

No there isn’t.

How much detail should I provide in my challenge question?

Your challenge question should be easy to follow by students - they should be able to read the question and see which elements they need to work towards. If we choose your question to be our student challenge question, we may reach out for clarification if necessary.

How does the Student Challenge work?

In Term 3, all students from Year 5 and up will be invited to take part in the Student Challenge via their teachers. Like other EP competitions, teachers will be required to register their interest in the Challenge to ensure that students are set up with the correct licence for the subject the resources will be available through. Students will then need to be assigned the Challenge Lesson so that they can work through the various tasks for the Challenge and then upload their submission through a Tasks & Homework activity created by their teacher. The team will then work through judging the submissions and determine the student winner at the end of Term 3. A range of prizes will be awarded based on age groups as well as overall school entries. More will come on this at the start of July.

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