Schools Design Challenge

What is invisible that shouldn't be?

24 Jan - 7 Sep 2022

MOD. is committed to fostering the participation of young people in each of our exhibitions. As part of our exhibition INVISIBILITY (February – November 2022), we are inviting secondary school students to contribute to the content of this exhibition by creating either visual designs or artefacts for display in our gallery spaces, which answer the question:

What is invisible that shouldn’t be?

Schools and/or individual students are invited to design a product or machine in response to this question. Rather than being a competition, the project enables creative contributions from schools, educators and students to be featured within the exhibition.

Student are invited to consider invisibility from the perspectives of

  • EQUITY – who is visible? (recognised/acknowledged/heard?)​
  • PRIVACY – who controls what is visible? ​
  • DETECTION – how do we perceive the invisible?​
  • ATTENTION – what do we overlook?

Your design outcome can be developed for 2D or 3D display including digital plans, 3D prototypes, models or speculative promotional material like a poster.

How to get started

Please find all of the information for this project in the Teacher Resource Kit and register your participation below.


Q: Is this project available to primary school students?

Unfortunately, it is only open to classes from year 7 – 12. However, you are welcome to use these resources in your own classrooms.

Q: Is there any limit on the number of teams or students who can participate?

No. A school can register for one student or many students / classes. Participants don’t have to come from one subject area, they can be cross-disciplinary and may even be an extra-curricular group or club.

Q: What should our design solution include?

Your imagination is the limit, as long as it is presentable in a flat 2D way, or is limited to a physical prototype or model no larger than 12cm cubed. This might include sketches, technical drawings, collages, painting, comic, illustration etc. The artwork specs must be TIFF at 300dpi in landscape or portrait format.  Your project submission should also include a title, the names of the student creators, the school name and a brief text description of the project.

NB: Should your design be selected for digital or physical display, MOD. is responsible for printing and making it gallery ready.

Q: When are the design submissions due?

The project schedule is as follows:

January-March: Expressions of interest open to register for project

May 24: Design Thinking Workshop (in-person) – Register here.

May 31: Design Thinking Workshop (online) – Register here.

June-August: Monthly zoom drop in times with MOD. team for project feedback and tips

7 September: Submission of final design solutions to MOD.

By submitting your entry you acknowledge that the submission:

  • may be selected for display at MOD.
  • may be displayed on MOD. website or social media channels
  • is the student’s original work and does not infringe on the copyright of others.

Late September: Chosen submissions selected for inclusion and display in INVISIBILITY Exhibition (on display till late November 2022).

Q. Do I need to register to participate?

Yes, it is essential that you register as we need to be able to get in touch with you with updates. However, by registering you are under no obligation to submit anything.

Register your interest here or below.

For more information, contact Dylan at mod@unisa.edu.au

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