STEM Design Challenge 2019


Monday 15 July - Friday 20 December 2019


Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo


$19 per student (includes zoo admission)


On-demand, Monday to Friday

Zoos Victoria’s STEM Design Challenge 2019 involves Year 3-10 students in the real world of zoos and animal conservation.

The STEM Design Challenge is a unique education program that helps Year 3-10 students find solutions to complex problems using their STEM skills and an engineering framework called Design Thinking.

How the STEM Design Challenge works
  1. UNDERSTAND the challenge
    Choose a challenge and book your zoo visit. Students will participate in a special education program that includes at STEM workshop and research opportunities.

  2. IDEATE possible solutions
    Back at school, teams of up to six students will brainstorm their ideas and choose one to prototype.

  3. PROTOTYPE an idea
    Students will build a prototype of their idea using their STEM skills. They could use recycled materials from home, items from your art room or any technology available.

  4. TEST AND REFINE a prototype
    Students will test their prototype by sharing it with an audience, which can include their peers or an expert from outside your school

Zoos Victoria will provide you with a teaching guide to help you with every step. You don’t need a STEM lab or special materials. Some teachers use this program to teach a whole-term unit while others use it as a special 2-3 week program the choice is yours!

Term 3-4 2019 challenges
A portrait of a Lemur
Melbourne Zoo

Caring for Animals – help keepers design Meerkat or Lemur enrichment

A side protrait of a Brush-tailed rock wallaby
Healesville Sanctuary

Saving Endangered Species – help scientists research and protect Tasmanian Devils or Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies

A keeper at Werribee Open Range Zoo presenting to a crowd
Werribee Open Range Zoo

Running a Zoo – help Zoo managers keep people safe and provide a fun experience for visitors

About the Competition

After completing their prototypes, students are invited to enter the STEM Design Challenge competition:

  • Submit a video of up to 2 minutes for each prototype
  • Up to six students can participate in a team
  • Each program teaching guide includes the judging criteria
  • Winning teams will meet with relevant zoo staff and experience a behind-the-scenes animal encounter (transport costs to and from the zoo are included)

Entries for the STEM Design Challenge close on Friday 15 November 2019 at 5:30pm.

STEM Design Challenge programs

Develop your students’ STEM skills by finding solutions to real-life problems. Browse our range of school programs for Years 3-10. 

Entries for the STEM Design Challenge are now open.

Entries close on Friday 15 November 2019 at 5.30pm.

Participation in this competition is optional.