NRMA Future of Transport Challenge

NRMA Future of Transport Challenge
NRMA Future of Transport Challenge

The NRMA Future of Transport Challenge asks the leaders of tomorrow to imagine a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future. 

Our curriculum-mapped STEM initiative invites students in years 7-10 to solve a real-world transport issue using design-thinking and pitch the idea to industry experts. It offers students a unique opportunity to explore problems, design solutions and learn entrepreneurial skills.

Students receive detailed feedback on their submissions by industry leaders, and finalists are given the opportunity to receive mentorship in preparation for a live finals event to choose the winner of the Challenge.

Congratulations to Brooke, Harry and David from St Matthews Catholic School in Mudgee (pictured at top of story) on winning the 2021 NRMA Future of Transport Challenge with ‘SMSC Technologies’.

SMSC Technologies’ proposal aimed at educating their local area and surrounding regions on Electric Vehicle technologies, including installation of new chargers to encourage EV uptake and reskilling workers to install and service chargers and batteries, bringing on new skill sets and future industry.

NRMA Future of Transport Challenge

Above: St Matthews Catholic School's submission

All finalists presented fantastic final projects:

Loreto Kirribilli with ‘RoadGoGrip’: an innovative four-layer road surface installation designed to successfully grip tyres to the road in all-weather situations to increase road safety in accident prone black spots around NSW.

Canley Vale High School with ‘UVRA’: a UV sanitation system fitted onto Sydney trains to sterilize poles on a timer and seats during train non-operational times, to enhance customer confidence in using public transport while living with Covid.

North Sydney Boys High School with ‘Turboluxe’: AI-piloted pods seating 4 people and expanding to fit 6, using EVTOL propulsion for vertical take-off and the ability to hover in mid-air. These re-chargeable pods fly at 280kmh, delivering a faster and more sustainable solution to public transport.

These four finalists pitched their innovative solutions to real-world transport problems to a panel of industry experts at this year’s finals event. The judges were NRMA Motoring & Membership CEO - Emma Harrington, Chief Executive of Placemaking NSW – Anita Mitchell and STEM Advisor for the Department of Education & Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle - Dr Scott Sleap.

All judges agree our future is in good hands.

The Future of Transport Competition finals are presented as part of the Youth Eco Summit (YES) for secondary schools, Sydney Olympic Park. You can watch the finals event here.

Register for the Challenge