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School Competition

Liverpool City Council is offering a $10,000 prize to the most inspirational design of the Aerotropolis created by local Primary school students* using Minecraft.

This innovative challenge is supported by Western Sydney University and Microsoft.

Opportunity

Primary-aged school students across the Liverpool LGA are invited to design the Aerotropolis that will be created in land around the Western Sydney Airport using Minecraft.

Liverpool City Council will provide a starter pack with key information on what is proposed to be built in the Aerotropolis and airport precinct, the transport options under consideration and the timeframes for delivery. Senior planners
from Liverpool City Council will be available to visit schools and present how the airport and Aerotropolis will change Liverpool.

Students will then make their own plans for their future – the Year 4 students of today will finish school in 2026 when the first planes take off from WSA – bringing to life in Minecraft their vision for the Aerotropolis.

Purpose

To engage Primary-aged students in understanding the concept of an Aerotropolis, changes in land use and career opportunities using Minecraft as a design and learning platform.

Demonstrate the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Creativity and Public Speaking in designing an airport city.

Learning Outcomes

The Aerotropolis design project is compatible with the built environment and working technologically strands of the K-6 Scitech syllabus.

This project will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop creative and critical thinking skills within an authentic context. By using digital technologies and the practical nature of design and production, students will develop solutions to problems and meet challenges that can be used to create preferred futures.

Method

Using Minecraft as the platform, participants work as individuals, teams or classes to create and visualise the new Aerotropolis.

Microsoft will run a Teacher Professional Development Day in Liverpool on Monday 9 April at Western Sydney University’s Liverpool campus to ensure teachers are familiar with the platform. Liverpool Council Deputy CEO Tim Moore will present on the value of the Aerotropolis to the future development of the area and explain the general context.

To register your interest please submit names of participating teachers to aerotropolis@liverpool.nsw.gov.au by Wednesday 4 April 2018. (Numbers strictly limited to 30). Teachers will be given a resource pack to use in the classroom.

Liverpool City Council will seek to encourage after-hours support for participating students in the first weeks of May (details to be confirmed).

Each participating school is to submit a single entry.

Entries will take the form of five screenshots and a narrated video walkthrough of your world of no longer than three minutes. To keep it fair and creative, entrants can use any installation of Minecraft, but please do not use mods, plugins or texture packs. Creative mode is OK.

Entries must include three zones - Airport, Aerotropolis and Free Zone

  • 700 x 400 block Airport. Use the map provided in your outline for an idea of its shape. Add three types of buildings.
  • A 200 x 150 block Aerotropolis. Use the map provided to get an idea of its shape. Add a university and lab for inventions (what will you invent?) Add a STEM high school and aerospace institute. Could Australia’s first space agency be here?
  • Free zone: Build a train line connecting the Airport with the Aerotropolis. Build an agribusiness precinct (farms, labs and offices) and add some cool environmental features: parks, lakes and rivers. Think about tourism opportunities (theme parks and hotels) and sustainable energy (wind farms and solar). How close should residential dwellings be to the Airport?
  • Buildings can be no higher than 40 blocks due to air traffic.

Entries will be judged on merit with the following considerations:

  • Usability – the Aerotropolis should be a productive world, based on existing projects under consideration;
  • Inspiration – students should use their research and imagination to design what the Aerotropolis could include in the future;
  • Sustainability – the Aerotropolis should be a good neighbour, both for the surrounding community and its environment;
  • Design;
  • The fun factor – the Aerotropolis should be attractive and engaging; and
  • How amazing we think it is.

Prizes

Participating children will be given a certificate – schools to supply a list of participating students.

Winning school will receive $10,000 to go towards a STEM or related project.

* See liverpool.smartygrants.com.au/schoolcompetition for Entry Form and Terms and Conditions.

See the competition Handout here

Design the Western Sydney Aerotropolis

Terms and conditions

  1. The promoter is: Liverpool City Council (“LCC”) whose registered office is at 33 Moore St, Liverpool 2170.
  2. Immediate family members of LCC staff or councillors or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition are permitted to enter the competition, but are ineligible for the prize.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. Entry forms for the competition and details of how to enter are available at https://liverpool.smartygrants.com.au/schoolcompetition
  5. Schools must submit their entry form by 5pm Friday May 18 2018. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  6. The entry form must include a private link to the video, hosted on a video sharing site such as Youtube, Vimeo or Dropbox, and full access details. Video links must clearly identify the name of the school and submitting teacher.
  7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  8. The rules of the competition and the prize for the winner are as follows:
    1. Participating schools are responsible for choosing a single entry.
    2. Entrants must be from primary schools the Liverpool Local Government Area.
    3. The challenge is to use Minecraft to design your future Aerotropolis.
    4. Entries will take the form of five screenshots and a narrated video walkthrough of your world of no longer than three minutes. To keep it fair and creative, entrants must use the standard installation of Minecraft without mods, plugins or texture packs. Creative mode is OK.
    5. Entries can be from individuals, groups of students or classes, K-6.
    6. Entries will be judged on merit with the following considerations:
      1. Usability – the Aerotropolis should be a productive world, based on existing projects under consideration;
      2. Inspiration – students should use their research and imagination to design what the Aerotropolis could include in the future;
      3. Sustainability – the Aerotropolis should be a good neighbour, both for the surrounding community and its environment.
      4. Design;
      5. The fun factor – the Aerotropolis should be attractive and engaging; and
      6. How amazing we think it is.
    7. Short-listed video entries will be uploaded by LCC to its YouTube channel and embedded on its website/s at the discretion of the judges (and any other site as determined by LCC). At least some members of the winning team must be available for media interviews and photographs.
    8. LCC reserves the right to republish the videos and images in other formats and use them for promotional purposes.
    9. Each Minecraft construction must be an original work and must not have been previously published. It must also not have been accepted for publication or under offer to any publisher or entered in another contest until the results of this competition are announced.
    10. Submissions will not be returned, so authors should retain a copy. All entries become the property of the Council.
    11. Each entry must be accompanied by a valid entry form [https://liverpool.smartygrants.com.au/schoolcompetition] listing the project title, along with the name, address and contact details of the school, responsible teacher and a list of the participants. Entries submitted without a signed and valid entry form will not be considered.
    12. Please include relevant credits on your video.
    13. LCC reserves the right to use the videos and images for promotional purposes after the competition is completed.
    14. All responsibility for copyright clearance, parent/guardian permissions and content suitability lies with the school or responsible adult. Do not use music, images or any other content for which you do not have copyright ownership or written permission from the copyright owner to use.
    15. The winning school will receive a $10,000 prize to be spent on a STEM or related project.
  9. LCC reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by LCC.
  10. LCC is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  11. The winner will be chosen by an independent panel of judges appointed by LCC. The judges reserve the right not to award a prize if, in the judges’ opinion, entries are not of a high enough standard.
  12. The winner will be announced on the LCC website. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  13. LCC’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  15. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Australian law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Australia.
  16. The winner agrees to the use of their name and image and their school’s name and image in any publicity material. If there is a genuine privacy issue with publicising an entrant’s identity this must be disclosed on the entry form. Council collects personal information about you to enable you to participate in this competition. Information supplied when lodging your entry will be used by Council to contact you in the event your entry is selected as the winning entry.