Amazing ideas are born from dreams!

Toyota Dream Car contest encourages and inspires creative expression and imagination, challenging the boundaries of traditional thinking. It’s a chance for tomorrow’s engineers, designers and creative thinkers to let their imaginations run wild by drawing an image of their ‘Dream Car’. 

This year’s competition marks the 15th year it’s been running, and with that comes a bit of a treat – there will also be an early bird prize for those who get their entries in by December 10. 

The lessons we have are designed to assist teachers in developing creative thinking with content covering environmental and social topics. This year, we also have a Learn@home activity so parents can inspire the kids and get them thinking at home. 

 

Ready to inspire your students?

 

2021 Competition Details

Students who are wanting to enter the competition are required to draw or paint a picture of what they imagine their dream car will look like.

There are three different age categories for the competition:

  • Under 8’s
  • 8 to 11 year olds
  • 12 to 15 year olds

The top three place-getter winners in each of the age categories will be chosen and one of these lucky students will be selected by the judges as the ‘Australian Dream Car Contest Champion’.

The child who wins first prize in the competition will win a $2,500 VISA Gift Card for their school, and another $2,00 VISA Gift Card for themselves. There are also eight $275 VISA Gift Cards to be won for the other winners across the age categories.

A few of your questions answered:

When do students have to get their artwork in by?:
The competition closes at 11:59pm AEDT on the 28 February 2021, so it’s a great school holiday and back to school activity.

Do students basically have to be Picasso in order to enter this content?
Nope! It’s about creativity, not perfection. Each entry will be individually judged based on its message, uniqueness and art characteristics.

Do students have to post their artwork in? Do I have to post it for them?
Not this year! This year the Dream Car Competition is accepting entries online, so there is no need to package and post your class entries. Head to dreamcarentry.com.au and follow the bulk upload process.

Download the Teacher’s Guide and full Terms and Conditions. Competition closes 28 FEBRUARY 2021. Visit the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest website for more information and to enter.

Share your students’ progress with the rest of the world and challenge their creativity at the same time. 

Students can use the #toyotadreamcar hashtag to see what students around the world are up-to and share their own dream cars. 

Not sure how to get started?, keep an eye on our social media to see what is happening in other classrooms.

#toyotadreamcar #studentdreaming #teachingideas #coolaustralia #australianeducation 

Check out some of last years entries – we love the creative thinking!

The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is held for children all over the world to dream, imagine and inspire. Since 2004, Toyota has been inspiring over 6.2 million children from 100 countries to dream.  Toyota encourages students to believe in a dream and the power of imagination, connecting to the world through their dream cars.

Imagine you had the power to change the future!

Parents – Learning at Home

With school holidays fast approaching and many parents still working from home, we thought it would be great to design a Learn@Home lesson that works with the contest. The best part about it is that most kids will be able to work on it with minimal support!

Learn@Home – Design Your Dream Car

In this activity, kids get creative and design their very own dream car while exploring the different design elements of a car including movement, fuel, materials, positive impact, look and feel.

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Primary – Foundation to Year 2

This unit includes a range of lessons that allow teachers to choose the best way to introduce the contest into the class. Teachers can choose to keep the lessons broad, focusing on creative thinking or centre lesson content around environmental or social topics. Lessons culminate in the creation of an artwork which students can choose to enter into the contest. 

   

Toyota Dream Car Competition
Foundation to Year 2

Caring for our Favourite Places
Foundation to Year 2

   

Visual Arts, Design & Technologies

Explore the concept of dreams and aspiration with students and why it is important to dream.

HASS & Visual Arts

Develop communication, creative thinking and problem solving skills by explores students sense of place and and environment.  
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Primary – Years 3 to 6

This unit includes a range of lessons that allow teachers to choose the best way to introduce the contest into the class. Teachers can choose to keep the lessons broad, focusing on creative thinking or centre lesson content around environmental or social topics. Lessons culminate in the creation of an artwork which students can choose to enter into the contest. 

Toyota Dream Car Competition
Years 3 to 6

Exploring Natural Resources
Years 3 to 4

Illustrating a story
Years 3 to 4

Dream Car Adaptations
Years 5 to 6

Visual Arts, Design & Technologies

Explore the concept of dreams and aspiration with students and why it is important to dream.

HASS & Visual Arts

Explore the term ‘natural resource’, what it means and how they are used, before imagining a car that could help protect and conserve natural resources.

English, HASS & Visual Arts

Investigate how the world can be conveyed through stories and understand how imagery can be used within a story. 
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Science & Visual Arts

Explore role of dreaming in planning for the future through an in-depth look at the intent of previous entries. 

     

A Dream Car for A Dream Job
Years 5 to 6

     

HASS & Visual Arts

Investigate what work is, the different jobs people have and create a dream car representing their dream job.
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Secondary – Years 7 to 10

This unit includes a range of lessons that allow teachers to choose the best way to introduce the contest into the class. Teachers can choose to keep the lessons broad, focusing on creative thinking or centre lesson content around environmental or social topics. Lessons culminate in the creation of an artwork which students can choose to enter into the contest. 

Toyota Dream Car Competition
Years 7 to 10

Using Resources Sustainably
Years 7 to 8

One Dream Car in the Style of Another
Years 7 to 8

Using Biomimicry to Design a Dream Car
Years 7 to 8

Visual Arts, Design & Technologies

Explore the concept of dreams and aspiration with students by examining previous winners and analysing their artistic messages. 

Science & Visual Arts

Review sustainability, investigate natural resources and how we use them before designing a dream car that can help people use resources more sustainably.

Visual Arts

Analyse and compare the visual representations of favourite artworks, identify a message and create a dream car artwork that incorporates this message.
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Visual Arts, Design & Technologies

Investigate biomimicry as a design principle and design a dream car that incorporates features inspired by nature.

     

Dream Car with a message
Years 9 to 10

     

Science

Explores how art can be used to communicate important social and environmental messages.

     

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These lessons have been made in partnership with Toyota.

 

 

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