Science and Engineering Challenge

A nationwide STEM program, students compete in engaging hands-on activities involving the principles of science, engineering and technology.

Program focus

The Science and Engineering Challenge is running again in 2023! Up to eight schools can compete in a challenge day, with each school submitting a team of between 16 and 32 students. Students are involved in an exhilarating day competing against other schools in fun and engaging hands-on activities, including:

  • designing an earthquake proof tower
  • building a hovercraft or bridge
  • providing electricity to a city
  • creating an environmentally friendly house.

Points are awarded based on performance and the school with the highest score at the end of the day is the winner. Qualifying schools may go on to compete at a state final, and eight winning schools from around Australia are invited to compete at a 1-day national final each year.

Previous science and engineering challenges

Program details

Date: 15–16 August

Time: 9am–2pm

Location: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Capacity: capped at eight schools per day and limited to 32 students per secondary school

Year level: Year 9 and 10


Registrations open 3 April 2023.

Register by selecting your preferred date below.

Register for Tuesday 15 August 2023

Register for Wednesday 16 August 2023

Get involved

Expressions of interest for our programs and activities can be made by a school representative, such as a career practitioner or year level coordinator/discipline teacher. If you're a secondary student wishing to attend, get in touch with your year level coordinator or teacher.

Email our Outreach Team for more info about programs and activities.