The Regional Rail Revival Design Challenge is back!


The RRR Design Challenge 2050 will be running again in Term 4, 2021


Following the success of the first Design Challenge with Bendigo Tech School in 2020, Regional Rail Revival has partnered with Tech Schools across Victoria to hold the first state-wide Design Challenge 2050. Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Gippsland Tech Schools are all participating in this year’s Regional Rail Revival Design Challenge 2050; a team-based competition for school students in years 4-10. Download PDF Flyer


Miss the Online Teachers information briefing on August 12? Watch it here


What is the challenge?


The challenge will ask school students in Years 5 –10 for their ideas on the future of public transport, and to consider the question: 
What does the smart and connected city of 2050 look like?


The competition’s themes are:

  • Technology or app-driven transport solution e.g. helping passengers to plan their onward journey
  • Communications campaign e.g. promoting safety by design
  • Product prototype e.g. a revolutionary train seat
  • Building or system design e.g. the railway station of the future.


The challenge process


Following an Online Starter Session in October, the design challenge will be delivered in schools. Participating Tech schools will offer guided learning hours and mentoring workshops to support the students to develop their idea through a design-thinking approach.

Shortlisted teams will pitch their proposals to a panel of rail experts, who will judge the winners. There will be great prizes on offer for the winning school.



How to participate


Team registrations are now open! To register your students, check the rules below to confirm you are eligible and complete the registration form by 5:00pm October 27, 2021. Please use one form for your class, you can enter multiple teams of 3 - 5 students in one form: RRR Design Challenge 2050 team registration



RRR Design Challenge 2050: Starter Sessions


The Challenge Starter Sessions will:

  • Introduce the challenge to students
  • Include a series of workshops led by participating Tech Schools, Rail Projects Victoria and industry mentors to get you ready for the challenge.


Session times:

  • Secondary School Session: 9.30-11am, Tuesday 19 October
  • Primary School Session: 9.30-11am, Thursday 21 October

RRR Design Challenge 2050: Starter Session registration


Key Dates 




12 Aug

4.40pm – 5.30pm

Online Teacher info briefing Watch it here

16 Aug


Starter Day registrations open Register

19 Oct

9.00am – 10.00am

Online Challenge Starter Session for Secondary Schools

21 Oct

9.30am – 11.00am

Online Challenge Starter Session for Primary Schools

27 Oct


Team Registrations Close

18 Oct – 12 Nov

4.00pm – 5.30pm

Online and after-school workshops with Bendigo TS

30 Oct


Primary School Workshops at Bendigo TS

15 Nov


Entry submissions due

15-19 Nov


Moderator evaluation of entries

22 Nov


Shortlisted entries announced

2 Dec

9.15am – 10.00am

Pitch Workshop for shortlisted teams

6 Dec

12.00pm – 2.00pm

Gala Pitch Final and Lunch





Teacher Resources



In the lead-up to the challenge, you can get your students thinking about careers in rail and STEAM with our Design challenge student resources which we will share as part of the Starter Session in October.


Participating schools and students will receive more resources as the challenge progresses.


More information

Bendigo Tech School
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 5444 7113



Get in touch

Contact us

03 5444 7113
Level 3, Engineering & Technology Building,
La Trobe University,
Sharon Street, Flora Hill