Join the Ocean Innovators ANZ Challenge!

15 May 2024 – 18 August 2024
Britannica Education is on the lookout for young innovators in Australia and New Zealand who can come up with smart ideas to help protect our oceans for future generations.

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About the Ocean Innovators ANZ Challenge

The Challenge is held by Britannica Education to inspire and celebrate young innovators from across Australia and New Zealand. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their science knowledge and innovative ideas around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for ocean health, with the chance to win some exciting prizes! As part of the Challenge, students will:

icon-dblue-1 Complete a Lesson on Expedition: Learn!

In teams of 2-4, students will complete an Expedition: Learn! lesson around human impact on the environment, that sets the scene.

icon-dblue-2 Fill out a Digital Research Journal

Teams then fill out the related questions in their digital Research Journal, to assess their understanding.

icon-dblue-3 Design a Digital Solutions Poster

Finally, teams create a digital poster that showcases their innovative solution to the UN SDG number 14, “Life Below Water”.

Key Dates


Thu, 20 Jun 2024

Webinar: Cultivating a STEM Culture in the Classroom
Watch a Recording


Wed, 18 Jul 2024

Registrations Close

Win exciting prizes

Each winning team will receive a Zero-X Action Cam for the classroom and a turtle will be adopted on the group’s behalf from WWF Australia (each winning team will receive a WWF adoption pack!)*.

*Prizes and judging are subject to Competition Terms & Conditions. Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more details.


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Build Critical STEM Skills

Challenge your students to tackle real-world issues through inquiry.

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Understand how human activity affects environments and the problems this can cause. Students will be inspired to think about how they can be part of the solution to these problems!

OceanChallenge-Icon-DkBlue-Align_58px Inquire

Think critically about the impact of environmental changes, the solution design process, and how to assess the effectiveness of a given solution.

OceanChallenge-Icon-DkBlue-Tech_58px Innovate

Engage in creative and innovative thinking to design a solution that addresses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number 14 “Life Below Water”.


Cultivating a STEM Culture in the Classroom

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 3:30PM AEST | Live on Zoom

Explore different strategies for creating engaging and inclusive STEM experiences that integrate seamlessly into your curriculum. Learn how you can use competitions like the Ocean Innovators Challenge to motivate students, foster an innovator’s mindset and deepen their engagement with STEM subjects.

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How to Enter?


The Ocean Innovators ANZ Challenge is open to teams of young people in schools in Australia and New Zealand, in Years 3-8 (Years 4-9 for NZ schools). There are two Competition categories: Years 3-5 (Years 4-6 for NZ schools) and Years 6-8 (Years 7-9 for NZ schools).

Teams must consist of 2 – 4 individuals with an “Adult Coach” (18 or more years of age), which may be a teacher or group leader acting as a mentor and point of contact with Britannica Education (each a “Team”). Only an Adult Coach may register a Team and enter submissions on the Team’s behalf.

Participation in the Competition also is subject to compliance in full with the Competition’s Terms & Conditions.

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Steps for Adult Coaches


Register your Team/s into the appropriate age category by submitting the registration form. Registrations open from Wednesday 15th May 2024.

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Upon registering, you’ll be emailed a Challenger Kit that includes details on how to access Expedition: Learn!, a corresponding Quick Start Guide and a digital Research Journal to be completed by your Team/s.

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Work with each of your Team/s to complete the Research Journal and prepare a solution that addresses the ‘Life Below Water’ SDG. If you’re looking for guidance, the winning entries from our Asia schools challenge might provide some inspiration. But remember, to show creativity and innovation, your Team’s entry should be as original as possible.


Submit completed Research Journals and posters via the submission form by 11:59 AEST, Sunday 18th August 2024.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there an entry fee?

    No, entry into the Ocean Innovators ANZ Challenge is free.

  • Can a Team be made up of students from more than one school?

    No. Team members must be from the same school. All team members must also meet eligibility requirements for the category in which they are entering (i.e. Years 3-5 or Years 6-8).

  • Can I enter multiple Teams?

    Yes, multiple Teams can be entered from the same school and/or by the same Adult Coach.

  • When do registrations close?

    Registrations close Thursday, 18 July 2024.

  • I completed the registration form but haven't received my Challenger Kit.

    Please get in touch via the Contact Us page or call +61 02 9915 8800 for assistance.

  • How do I submit my Team's completed research journal and poster?

    Please submit your Team’s completed Research Journal and poster using the form on the Submission page. If you encounter any issues with the form, you can alternatively send us your Team’s entry at [email protected].

  • When do I have to submit my Team's challenge entry?

    Submissions will open on Wednesday, 15 May 2024. The deadline for submitting your Team’s entry is 11.59pm, Sunday, 18 August 2024. No submissions will be accepted after this time, under any circumstances.

  • How will entries be judged?

    Judging consists of an evaluation by grade level of each eligible Team’s submitted Research Journals by a judge selected by Britannica from its internal education consultancy team (the “Judge”), who will select one (1) Team winner from each grade level based on the following six (6) “Criteria” and related point system: Judging Rubric PDF.

    Decisions of the Judge are final and binding and not subject to appeal.

  • When will winners be announced?

    Winning Teams will be chosen by 10th September 2024 and will be notified by email within 2 weeks.

  • How will the winning Teams be awarded?

    Each Team winner of the Competition (each a “Winner”) will receive a Zero-X ZX-30 4K UHD Action Camera and a once-off turtle adoption from WWF Australia (approximate retail value (“ARV”) AUD$380).

    Britannica will select only one (1) Team winner per grade and only one (1) prize package per grade will be awarded during the Competition Period. Gift codes, cards or gift certificates, if any, are subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer. Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by the Winner. Britannica reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. The ARV of the prize represents Britannica’s good faith determination. That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of the prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Britannica makes NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, concerning the appearance, safety, performance or otherwise of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Britannica will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.

    Prizes will only be awarded or delivered to addresses located within one of the Territories. All prize-related expenses, including without limitation all applicable Territorial taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of the Winner. Failure to comply with the Official Competition Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize. Acceptance of the prize must be made by the Winner – the prize acceptance is non-transferable.

  • What are the Terms & Conditions?

    Please read the Terms & Conditions before you register.

  • I need help! Who can I contact?

    Don’t worry, we’re here to help. If you have questions about any part of the Challenge, please submit your enquiry via the Contact Us page or call +61 02 9915 8800 for assistance.

Join the Challenge!

Please complete the form below to register your Team/s. You only need to submit this form once.