illuminate:nextgen JNR Challenge (Primary Schools)

The illuminate:nextgen JNR Challenge is an exciting education experience that introduces primary skills to be the confident, creative and capable young people they have the potential to be, through responding to the big problems of our community in an innovative and entrepreneurial manner.

Supported by experienced facilitators at every stage with input from the community and our partners, participants work in teams to develop a new project or business idea while developing key life skills including:


  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Presentation Skills


  • Critical Thinking
  • Inquiry (Research)
  • Digital Literacy
  • Financial Literacy

Solving Problems

  • Creativity
  • Design Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Reflection


  • Collaboration
  • Organisation
  • Perseverance

The entire challenge provides an authentic experience of the working world while still being educationally relevant, allowing students to grow and stretch at every stage. Students will be provided with opportunities to present industry-relevant submission with opportunities to develop, reflect and refine all components with support from illuminate Education Australia’s facilitators who design and deliver every component of the program – helping prepare primary-aged students for the world that is awaiting them.

In-School Programs

With the illuminate:nextgen JNR Challenge designed to have around 180 students complete the program together, delivering the challenge in school allows a large group of students to benefit from the experience and the skills it develops – without having to leave the campus. Delivered by facilitators from illuminate Education Australia who come into the school along with industry guests at a time that suits the school, the challenge runs within the normal school day, and provides an opportunity to integrate the benefits of the program into the school program through the topic covered and skills developed over the week.

The Innovation Process

Across the week, students explore the innovative process designed by illuminate Education Australia, growing in their skills and confidence within themselves throughout the journey.

Stage 1

Teams grow their understanding of a relevant issue in their community.

Stage 2

Teams creatively explore and refine possible solutions to their defined problem.

Stage 3

Teams develop business models for sustained impact as well as marketing materials that connect with target customers.

Stage 4

Teams present the idea for support and showcase how their team will work collaboratively to deliver the solution.

Stage 5

Teams prototype their solution and test it in a stressful situation.

Stage 6

After completing the challenge, teams can take their idea further and make it real.

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