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Opportunities to Grow

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These competitions, games, clubs and labs give kids opportunities to explore what they might love while they are still at school. For a PDF of this list email

Please let me know of additional opportunities that WA school students and I will add them to the list.


Unleashed Awards

Each year, the Foundation for Young Australians recognise and celebrate the genuine impact young people have made to the biggest social and economic challenges of our time. The annual Unleashed Awards honour their incredible contribution to our world with a night of music, celebration, and speakers at Australia’s premier social change awards for young people.

The Jump Start Award and Rookie of the Year Award (Years 7 – 10) are both aimed at younger kids. Nominate before September 10 for 2017  HERE.


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Spark_Lab brings students and teachers up close and personal with contemporary artists, dancers, theatre makers, musicians and innovators across a wide range of disciplines through an exciting program of events, activities and online resources.For more information and bookings, contact Education Programs Curator Minaxi May via or 9228 6300.


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HackED is run by LandGate (government department) to support the development of creative ICT skills by high school students who mashup location based information to provide new information.

A video on an earlier HackEDs can be seen HERE.

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Western Australian universities have collaborated with ConnocoPhillips to design and deliver a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work.

All WA universities have come on board with this one. You can find out details about the programs HERE


RobocupRoboCupJunior fosters Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics research by providing a standard problem where a wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined. The ultimate goal of RoboCup is that by the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall play (and win!) a soccer game against the (human) world champions. For more information go HERE.


Fullscreen capture 14082017 31749 PM.bmpYoung ICT Explorers is a non-profit competition, which has been created by SAP to encourage school students to create their best Information and communication Technology (ICT) related projects.

For more information go HERE.


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FIRST  Robotics Competition brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world.

Students learn teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, technical science and engineering skills. For more information go HERE


DSCF8269 (2015_06_06 00_39_20 UTC)Students undertake adventurous training, camping, hiking, sporting activities and exercise their leadership potential.

Cadets WA programs:

  • Emergency Services Cadets
  • Bush Rangers
  • Police Rangers
  • Red Cross Cadets
  • Surf Life Saving Cadets
  • Navy Cadets
  • Army Cadets
  • Air Force Cadets
  • River Rangers

For more information go HERE.


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Today’s kids and their ideas for today and tomorrow will change the game as we know it. The purpose of Game Changer Awards is to inspire and enable youth to build their dreams and creations through an environment that rewards ideas, imagination and a dare-to-try attitude using a wide range of digital technologies.

We are looking for entries from both primary and secondary schools classes. For information go HERE.


Educatin Lab

This FREE program engages volunteer UWA science and maths students who work on projects with high school students to help build a deep understanding of maths and science. Find out more here.


Fullscreen capture 14082017 35556 PM.bmpCoderDojo WA is a network of coding clubs (Dojos) throughout Western Australia. Dojos provide fun, free and social open learning environments where young people can meet others with similar interests, develop 21st century skills and build creative projects of their own choice using digital technology. Find out more HERE.

For a PDF of these opportunities email

The Careers Newsletter provides details of these opportunities as I discover them and I will add others each month so that all kids get a chance to find their perfect career. You can subscribe to the Careers Newsletter HERE.

Author: Bev Johnson

My prime purpose is to help people find their right path and engage their potential to create their best possible world. We ALL deserve the opportunity to live our lives to the fullest. Just knowing what opportunities are available is half the battle. I write, teach and coach people to give them the BEST chance to succeed.

One thought on “Opportunities to Grow

  1. Hey Bev, great wrap up here. I like the focus on technology and especially coding. I really think it is key for our kids to develop these skills in a modern world!


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