Young girl in school uniform building with LEGO bricks

Imagining Townsville Brickman Cities: Build the Future School’s Challenge

Entries Close 11:59pm 29 April 2024

Years 3 -6

Queensland Museum Tropics



Queensland Museum Tropics, Townsville invites students in Years 3-6 in the Townsville geographic area to imagine the future of our city in this 4-week Design and Technology challenge! 

The challenge is aimed at expanding students’ understanding of the built environment, sustainability and design practices, and developing their creativity and problem-solving skills through imagining the future and predicting how our city will grow and adapt to meet the needs of the Townsville community. 

Students will complete a series of tasks to pitch a concept design for a new urban solution that address a key issue that affects young people – this could be a new building, public space or other urban infrastructure. 

As part of the Imagining Townsville School’s Challenge, entries received by Queensland Museum Tropics up until midnight on Monday 29 April 2024 will compete for an exciting prize with the winner chosen by a panel of distinguished experts.

Want to find out more about the design challenge? Download our full School’s Challenge Kit here with terms and conditions, assessment criteria, student workbook, and supporting teacher resources guide. 

School’s Challenge Prize

The winner of the Imagining Townsville Brickman Cities: Build the Future School’s Challenge will receive:

  • The opportunity to meet Brickman himself, Ryan McNaught for you and your class on Thursday 16 May.
  • A LEGO® prize pack picked out by Brickman for you to build your winning entry - valued up to $2000.
  • A free and exclusive visit to the Brickman’s Cities: Build the Future exhibition at Queensland Museum Tropics with lunch at the Galley Cafe!
  • Cost of charter bus travel up to $1000 to visit the museum
  • Plus, once built, the winning entry will go on display at Willows Shopping Centre!

All entries must address challenge activities and criteria within the School’s Challenge Kit and Student Workbook.

Read the full terms and conditions here.

Entries must be received by midnight on Monday 29 April 2024 to be eligible for the prize. 

Full PDF Challenge Kit here

Word Document Student Workbook here

Brickman Cities School's Challenge


The Imagining Townsville School Challenge is open to anyone in primary school in the Townsville geographic region up to Year 6 but is best suited for those in Years 5 and 6.

Yes! However, keep in mind each student can only enter once.

This competition is open to students in the Education Queensland Townsville geographic area which includes Townsville, Charters Towers, the Burdekin, Hinchinbrook, Palm Island, Collinsville, Greenvale and the Whitsundays. If you reside outside of these areas you may choose to undertake the design challenge to test your skills but you won’t be able to enter the competition.  

Yes! If you’re undertaking your schooling in the Education Queensland Townsville geographic area and currently studying the Australian Curriculum at Year 6 or lower you are eligible to enter. 

No. As part of your submission you are required to provide a sketch, painting or digital design of what your proposed solution looks like, you are not required to build it out of LEGO pieces to enter the competition. Your sketch, painting or digital design should include labels of key features and materials. You should not submit a LEGO model to the museum for judging.

This Design Challenge is not a competition for best artwork but is instead focussed on conveying a creative but real-world focussed solution to an identified problem as clearly as possible. The judging panel will be assessing your submissions across several key criteria which can be found here.

The Imagining Townsville School’s Challenge will be judged by a panel of distinguished experts of architecture, urban design and town planning. You can find out more about the judging panel here

There are three ways: 

  1. Scan your Student Workbook and email it to
  2. Mail it to: Programming Team, 70-102 Flinders Street, Townsville, 4810
  3. In person: Drop it to Museum Reception between 9am-4pm until the museum closes on 29 April, 2024.

The best way to contact us is to email

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