Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM outreach program supported by Deakin and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment in partnership with the University of Newcastle. It's been designed to inspire secondary school students to study science, engineering and technology at Years 11 and 12.

Its focus

The challenge was first introduced by the University of Newcastle and now runs in every state and territory in Australia. It involves more than 24,000 students from over 800 secondary schools across the country. 

Set as a competition with many small activities for students to complete, the Science and Engineering Challenge offers:

  • creativity, problem solving, teamwork and innovate thinking
  • the encouragement of young people into science and engineering careers
  • a lasting, positive experience 
  • the involvement of local communities and organisations.

Each year, Deakin proudly hosts both the Geelong Challenge and the Great South Coast Challenge in Warrnambool.

2017 Challenge

The 2017 Science and Engineering Challenge, proudly hosted by Deakin's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, enjoyed another successful year.

Geelong Challenge

Date: Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May 2017
Location: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, Deakin University

Great South West Coast Challenge

Date: Tuesday 20 June 2017
Location: Warrnambool Campus, Deakin University

Read more about the 2017 Science and Engineering Challenge

Contact us

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Previous Science and Engineering Challenges


Deakin University, in conjunction with our sponsors, supports this fantastic initiative.

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