The Western Sydney International Airport Minecraft is back in 2020!

Liverpool City Council’s Western Sydney International Airport Minecraft Competition is back for a huge third year, with its biggest prize pool yet, brought to you by Gold Sponsor Western Sydney Airport and Silver Sponsor the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority.

The 2020 competition includes a prize pool of at least $55,000 up for grabs for the winning schools, to be used for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects.

Council created this innovative event in 2018, to harness the passion of children in years 5 and 6 for the digital building block game Minecraft and to inspire them to create visions of the future Western Sydney International Airport and its Aerotropolis.

And the need to collaborate online because of potential social distancing measures due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is unlikely to present any obstacle to the creative young minds keen to tackle the 2020 competition.

This year the 2020 Western Sydney International Airport Minecraft Competition is open to all  schools with primary students across the whole of Sydney.

“I am so proud of the way this competition that began with such a small idea has grown so rapidly and captured the imagination of so many sharp young minds,” Mayor Wendy Waller said.

“I can’t wait to see what these young visionaries come up with this year.”

Last year, McCallums Hill Public School Roselands students won first prize with a design focused on sustainability, customer experience and accessibility that included an indoor coral reef and automatic cars for people with disability.

This year the question is how Western Sydney International Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis will affect the lives of citizens in 2050.

For teachers

A series of free Minecraft Professional Learning Days is available for teachers throughout Term 2, including online and Facebook Live sessions, thanks to support from Western Sydney University and the NSW Department of Education.

The comprehensive courses will equip teachers to use Minecraft: Education Edition in their classrooms to help students enter the 2020 Western Sydney International Airport Minecraft competition.

If you are a teacher click here to register for your place at a free Professional Learning Day hosted by the Department of Education and Microsoft.