World Science Festival Brisbane - Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge

""On Friday 11 March 2016, Brisbane City Council in partnership with Queensland Museum delivered the Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge, as part of World Science Festival Brisbane. Future BNE was held in King George Square and engaged 400 year 7 students in an immersive, interactive and future-thinking learning challenge with students competing in school teams of ten. The event was opened by the Lord Mayor and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and an exciting science performance by Street Science.

Find out which schools are the challenge winners.

Future BNE challenged schools to design innovative and unique solutions for our future water security in the year 2100. The challenge:

  • helped students to evaluate local and global water use
  • understand the importance of sustainably managing our water resources
  • determined what actions we could do to preserve water for our future
  • selected one action to build into their 3D water security model and presented their ideas in a short video to other teams
  • asked students how they can take up these actions at home and school to save more water including using drought friendly cooking recipes from the cook book provided, planting native drought tolerant plants, taking shorter showers using their new shower timers and using a refillable water bottle with the water bottle provided. 


Congratulations to the winning school teams who best completed the challenge across the six categories:

  • Category 1: Innovation - Aspley State High School
  • Category 2: Creativity - All Hallows' School
  • Category 3: Practicality and Social Awareness - Macgregor State High School
  • Category 4: Commitment - Wavell State High School
  • Category 5: Environmental Awareness - Corinda State High School
  • Category 6: Communication - Bremer State High School

Photos from the Future BNE Challenge

Congratulations to all schools involved in the Future BNE Challenge.View some of the photos from the Future BNE Challenge day including some of the model creations in the slideshow photo gallery, or view photos individually as part of Council's Flickr account.

World Science Festival Brisbane - Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge


Download this kit of water-themed knowledge cards to help support the teaching of water security in your school:

More information

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22 April 2016