Year 10 STEM MAD finalist – Off to the State Finals!

Year 10 STEM MAD finalist – Off to the State Finals!

working to make a difference in the world

STEM MAD is a STEM competition which uses the design thinking process to assist students to develop solutions to problems with a focus on making a difference in the world. Last semester, our Year 10 Digital Technologies class learned about the systems engineering process and design skills. They spent time researching various real-world problems that were important to them, identified a problem, then implemented a process of designing, prototyping, testing, and improving a solution. Two of our teams earned a spot in the state finals showcase for STEM MAD.

Learn more about STEM MAD here: STEM MAD National (

Imogen Robinson won first place in the state competition with her design of an Anxiety App to assist students who suffer anxiety in the classroom. She reflects: “The most memorable part of STEM MAD was being able to share my idea with others and learn about other people’s ideas and concepts! Talking to people who were so passionate about their concepts and being able to share my passion for mine was enjoyable!”

Our Year 10 finalist team consisted of Emily Leviton, Sophie Panaszek, and Tilda Treloar who placed second in the SA state competition with their Alzheimer’s Assistance App. Emily reflected on the experience: “Although it was challenging to decide what areas to focus on, we felt our idea was innovative and the process has developed all our STEM Skills. The experience of the static displays and opportunities to talk to experienced people working in areas of STEM really allowed us to gain confidence and develop our skills in public speaking and communication.”

Both teams will attend the national STEM MAD competition later this year.

It is great to have so many talented and passionate young engineers at SAC, working to make a difference in the world. Congratulations to Imogen, Emily, Sophie, and Tilda on your hard work and terrific achievements.

Mr Tom Cotton
Secondary Digital Technologies Teacher