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Over 100 primary and secondary schools entered the competition to attend the 2019 Game Changer Challenge in Sydney in August and Kingscliff Public School has made the cut.

The NSW Department of Education today announced the 18 schools – nine primary and nine secondary school teams of up to six students each – that will take part in the finals of the Game Changer Challenge, which will be held in Sydney during Education Week from August 5 to 9.

Entrants sent in a 60-second video application outlining the school team’s ideas on how we might humanise technology for a chance to travel to Sydney for a three-day program that includes a Q&A style panel with futurists, philosophers and industry leaders, moderated by Department of Education secretary Mark Scott.

Education Week is an annual statewide event held to highlight the achievement of NSW public schools and their students. The theme for 2019 is ‘Every student, every voice’.

Day one of the program will be spent at Google’s Australian headquarters in Pyrmont, Sydney, providing students with an opportunity for an industry immersion experience.

The event will also include a team competition where schools will work under the guidance of industry professionals in fields as diverse as technology, creative design and ethics to answer the question of how we might humanise technology.

The challenge winner will be selected after a Shark Tank-style pitch to industry and education experts.

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  1. Have you ever seen a robot cry, well in humanising technology, the Kingscliff Public School did not get that far but maybe at the age they are at the students did more than a politician could do, they stood up for what they believed. How human is that?


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