School challenge

Page last updated: Wednesday, 14 October 2020 - 1:30pm

The School Challenge is a great opportunity for teachers and their students to take the class outside and undertake their own biosecurity surveillance. This activity-based challenge engages with schools and parents to encourage everyone to collaborate with others to build and extend their local pest knowledge and reporting community.

The challenges below are for teachers and students to get outdoors and report organisms they find in their local environment.

1. Learn how to make reports

2. Survey different habitats

3. Build a reporting community

  • Teach someone else how to make reports using MyPestGuide™ Reporter app.
  • Join forces by partnering with another school to cover a wider area and range of habitats.
  • Motivate your shire and local clubs to participate.
  • Learn about Recognised Biosecurity Groups in your area.
  • Devise your own survey to target a biosecurity pest.

teacher with students during outdoor lessons

Why participate?

Everyone will get the opportunity to:

  • Learn about pests and how these affect us.
  • Learn about the importance of biosecurity.
  • Have a better understanding of their local environment and the organisms within it.
  • Develop critical thinking skills through data analysis.
  • Build relationships with other schools and community groups.
  • Have fun and connect with nature.

Every report made through the School Challenge goes towards helping protect our agriculture and food industries.

Prizes to be won

Individual prizes are awarded for:

 

  • a report of a new or unrecorded species
  • a new pest record
  • best macro photo
  • most reports made

School prizes are awarded for:

 

  • best extension with other schools and/or the community (via social media or other outreach)
  • most reports made in an area (by post codes)
  • most participating students

 

School prizes are awarded at the end of the Biosecurity Blitz period in December.

Other school competitions along the year

  • October - Biosecurity Blitz
  • August - QuestaGame for Schools let's you organise your own school to school competition to report biodiveristysightings and has two rounds for teachers and students during the school year. 
  • April - Ant Blitz
  • April - QuestaGame for Schools uses a different app and is not managed by the MyPestGuide team. However, your sightings will contribute to real research and conservation.

Contact information

Laura Fagan
+61 (0)8 9368 3212