Moving Education – Innovating for 21st Century Learning

Deadline: 24 January 2014
Open to: current third level students and recent graduates
Prize: cash prizes worth €15,000


Moving education is a competition that explores how everyday movement can improve the learning experience of second level students. 

Moving education is calling all thinkers and doers, solvers and makers, dreamers and pragmatists to submit ideas that can transform, revolutionise and disrupt the current understanding of second level learning environments. If you walk into a classroom today you will probably see the same layout that existed over a hundred years ago, rows of desks and chairs with very little opportunity for flexibility and movement.

Moving education welcomes multidisciplinary submissions that could range from product or furniture design, architectural/interior scheme, user interface or app, tools for educators through to a behavioural change strategy, service design solution or a communication campaign.

Moving education is interested in those everyday movements that can support physical well-being, mental well-being and educational performance. To help you explore where and how this movement can happen, the moving education brief has been divided into these four areas:

Environment – A lot of different elements make up a learning environment including furniture, storage, acoustics, lighting, materials and the space itself. How can these elements be shaped to create something more flexible?

Pedagogy – A teacher might teach a class or an individual student; and a student might learn on their own or in a group. How can 21st century learning spaces be developed to support this range of interactions?

Media – The tools we learn with can include everything from a pencil to an epad. How can low tech and hi tech be used to help develop, store and share knowledge and support movement?

Community – The classroom community, the school community and the wider community include a mix of individuals with different experiences, different backgrounds and personal needs.

How can we use movement to connect these communities and meet those needs?


The competition is open to current third level students and recent graduates (2012 & 2013) across all disciplines (e.g. pedagogy, architecture, fine art, sociology, design, engineering and many more). Participants may apply either as a team or as an individual. The experienced multidisciplinary jury will be looking for work that displays authentic ethnographic research, demonstrates strong reflective thinking and responds to the needs of all users and stakeholders. Above all, submissions should excite and inspire


There is €15,000 worth of prize money available for successful participants. The break down is as follows:

  • €5,000 of the €15,000 will be awarded to the overall winner or winning team.
  • The remaining €10,000 of the €15,000 will be awarded amongst successful shortlisted participants.

Moving education may invite the winner and shortlisted participants to develop their concepts further for potential publication/exhibition.


Submissions must include a written description (500 words, submitted as either Microsoft Word or Open Office) and one of the following options:

  • Images supplied as A4 300dpi jpgs.
  • Films/animations submitted as .mov or .mp4
  • Layouts supplied as high resolution .pdfs

Register now online HERE. Submission opens on 10 December 2013 and closes on 24 January 2014.

Read the official call HERE.

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