Bees with Backpacks Design Challenge 2021

We are pleased to announce the CSIRO + Tech Schools Bees with Backpacks Design Challenge 2021.


In partnership with CSIRO, selected Tech Schools are inviting young designers, coders and makers in Years 5-10 + VCAL to join a global project to save bees from extinction.  


In this design challenge, students will study food security, bees and bee behaviour to design a local habitat to increase bee activity. Finalists will be mentored by industry to prepare their pitch for the ultimate bee friendly habitat.


The challenge includes an entire STEM unit of extensive learning modules and curriculum mapping (links below). Students will learn the importance of honeybees in maintaining biodiversity across the world and will explore the issues behind the decline of bee populations over the past five decades. An interactive online student workbook is available for online delivery of the Bees with Backpacks Design Challenge.


Please see below resources.  For more information please contact us: [email protected]


Competition Outline and Resource Pack

Design Challenge Poster

CSIRO Bees With Backpacks Fact Sheet

Student Workbook

Teacher Workbook




KEY DATES Timeline


  Teacher Info Briefing  

  Wed 21 April  

  Week 1, Term 2, 2021 

Information session for teachers - all challenge documents supplied.  

  Bees with Backpacks  
  Learning Program 

  Mon 26 April – Fri 14 May  

  Weeks 2-4, Term 2, 2021 

Teachers deliver modules 1-5 in class. 

  Challenge Immersion Video Release

  Tue 11 May   

  Week 5, Term 2, 2021 

Explore themes and ideas for Bee Friendly 

environments with Beekeeper Organisations and Tech Schools.  


  By 3.00 pm Fri 21 May  

  Week 5, Term 2, 2021 

Teachers to register their team(s) following the Immersion Session.  

  Entry Development Time 

  Fri 21 May – Fri 11 June  

  Weeks 5 - 8, Term 2, 2021 

Limited online challenge support workshops available at host Tech Schools during this time. 

  Submission of entries 

  By 3.00 pm Tue 15 June  

  Week 9, Term 2, 2021 

Entries are submitted by the due date. 

  Regional Winners Announced 

  By 3.00 pm Fri 25 June  

  Week 10, Term 2, 2021 

Winning Regional Teams notified. 

  Pitch Workshop 

  Date TBC Week 2, Term 4, 2021  

For all winning regional teams prior to pitch final. 

  Pitch Final 

  Date TBC Week 4, Term 4, 2021 

Winning regional teams and teachers attend State Pitch Final.  

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03 5444 7113
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La Trobe University,
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