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Gladstone Future Cities Challenge 2022

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STEM Central and BOP Industries are proud to present the 'Gladstone Future Cities Challenge' for 2022! This year's Gladstone Future Cities challenge is turning its attention to one of the most important industries in any city - food. With a rapidly growing population, increased connected global trade and advancements in technology, the world of food is a dynamic and exciting space.

The future of our food is changing faster now than ever before. With our cities expanding and transforming to accommodate a growing population, the food we consume is changing and will continue to evolve in the coming years.

From 3D printed food to future superfoods, agricultural technologies, world hunger solutions and more, this Future Foods program has been designed to show students the exciting opportunities in the future of food.

Exploring topics ranging from emerging technologies in agriculture to food security, test tube steaks, 3D printed desserts and more, this program is great for students looking to extend their thinking to solve global and local challenges.

Topics Covered:

  • Innovations in Agriculture 
  • Food Technology 
  • Supermarket Redesign 
  • Waste Solutions 
  • Supply Chain Models 
  • Innovative Local Leaders 
  • Sustainable Supermarkets 
  • Food Miles 

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program start? 
The Gladstone Future Cities Challenge will be broken into three main sections. Commencing in Term Three, the competition will launch with a 'Future Food Hackathon' on Wednesday the 20th of July to help students develop the foundation for their idea. 

From there, students will spend the term working on their idea with the help of weekly challenges. This will be facilitated through a series of 60 minute virtual masterclasses every Monday from 3:15pm - 4:15pm beginning on the 25th of July.

At the conclusion of the program, students will have the chance to showcase their Supermarket of the Future at the Awards Ceremony in October. 

Which students can participate
This event is open to all Gladstone School Students in Grades 5-8. Each school may have up to 10 x students participates.

Where will it be hosted? 

The Future Food Hackathon Event will be held at Central Queensland University, Gladstone Campus.

The Supermarket of the Future Design Challenge will be virtual, hosted online via Zoom.

The Future Cities Award Ceremony will be held at Central Queensland University, Gladstone Campus.

How much does it all cost?

The program is free for all students who participate. 

When do I need to have my student names confirmed? 
By the end of Term 2, 2022. 

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