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Eco Challenge 2.0

Curtin University Teaching and Learning is proud to announce that it is the Australian organiser for participation in the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2015.

History

After the amazing success of EcoChallenge 2.0 in 2014 where more than 40 schools registered via this site and more than 140 Australian teams were registered amongst nearly 300 teams globally

At the conclusion of the 2014 event congratulations went to Kent Street Senior High School who had the most successful teams in the Australian context and 3 of their teams placed in the top 15 internationally.

Feedback from participants of the 2014 event was encouraging:

“I might add, the experience and the learning that went on was incredible. From watching the students helping out with computer issues to the discussion that took place as to the best methods of building a sustainable environment it was truly brilliant.“ (Australian teacher)

“I had several students explain the game features and what they were trying to achieve to our Sustainability Teacher and that in itself was fantastic. They were so enthusiastic it was a delight to behold.” (Australian teacher)

Water is essential for all life as we know it.  A simple fact that sometimes feels forgotten as political and commercial interests take priority. 

About the game

UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2015 provides an exciting and authentic learning experience for students aged 11-17 through the online strategic game, Aqua Republica

Addressing the ACARA Cross-curriculum Priorities of Sustainability and Asia and Australia¹s engagement with Asia the experience provides many learning opportunities across Social Studies, Science, Humanities, Health and Physical Education, English, Geography, and more.

In association with EcoChallenge Asian Secretariat, Hydroinformatics Singapore, UNESCO Bangkok, UNEP-DHI Center for Water and Environment, and Serious Games Interactive, Curtin University is offering the opportunity for Australian schools to engage in this global challenge. 

Participation is free and student teams (2 members each team) play to align the demands of government, commerce, health and industry to manage a water supply. 

The competition is structured in two-tiers - national and international.  When students play the game they are able to engage in multiple iterations to achieve the optimal outcomes.  Teams are ranked nationally and top teams will be invited to play in an international competition; other nations playing include:

Australia - China - Hong Kong - India - Indonesia - Korea - Mauritius
Malaysia - Philippines - Singapore - Taiwan - Thailand - Vietnam

Competition dates are flexible between October 2014 and March 2015, and students can play online from anywhere in the world.   All participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their involvement, and EcoChallenge Asian Secretariat have organised an impressive prize pool.

Schools and individual teachers can register now and download an information and support package to start promoting the event at their school.

National organisers

The Australian gateway to the EcoChallenge 2015 is organised by Curtin University and led by the Strategic Innovations in Learning Engagement team:

EcoChallenge Coordinators: Kim Flintoff and Leah Irving

Call for collaborators

Curtin will be looking to partner with educational organisations around the country to develop a series of regional hubs to support teachers and and student contestants.

Australian teachers, schools or universities interested in collaborating should contact us at:
eco-challenge@curtin.edu.au