Science and Engineering Challenge

In collaboration with University of Newcastle

Science and Engineering Challenge 2023

Expressions of Interest Open Now

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a day-long competition designed to provide Year 10 (or Year 9) students with a positive experience of science and engineering.

A maximum of 8 schools per day compete against each other at one central venue. Each school is divided into 8 groups of 2 to 4 students who compete across the 8 activities.

Students are awarded points for each activity and the school with the most cumulative points at the end of the day is declared the winner. The highest scoring winning schools from each region/zone will subsequently compete against each other for a place in the state and – perhaps – the national final.

Please contact mindset-do@usc.edu.au to register.

  • Sunshine Coast SEC – Venue: UniSC Stadium –
    Please note that this event is full. If you wish your school to be on the waiting list please contact mindset-doevents@usc.edu.au
    • Tuesday 21 March – (bookings full)
    • Wednesday 22 March (bookings full)
    • Thursday 23 March – (bookings full)      
  • Fraser Coast SEC – Venue: PCYC Pialba, Hervey Bay
    • Thursday 11 May – (Year 10 students)
  • Moreton Bay SEC – NEW in 2023 – Venue: Redcliffe State High School
    • Tuesday 29 May – (Year 10 students)
    • Wednesday 30 May – Discovery Day for Year’s 5 & 6

2022 Science and Engineering Challenges

The Fraser Coast Science and Engineering Challenge was held on one day in May. The Sunshine Coast Science and Engineering Challenge was held over 3 days in July.

Both events provided Year 10 (or Year 9) students with a positive experience of science and engineering activities, as well as inspiring careers in STEM.

2022 Fraser Coast

1 day
6 Schools
134 Students

2022 Sunshine Coast

3 days
19 Schools
477 Students

Congratulations to all the teams who competed in the Sunshine Coast 2022 Challenge!

Day 1

Winners – Pacific Lutheran College – 1258.08 pts
2nd – Gympie State High School – 1248.79
3rd – Good Samaritan Catholic College – 1228.55
4th – Victory College – 1143.10
5th – St Andrew’s Anglican College – 879.47

Day 2

Winners Noosa District State High School – 1329.41 pts
2nd – Beerwah State High School – 1303.06
3rd – St John’s College – 1275.20
4th – Matthew Flinders Anglican College – 1259.14
5th – Good Shepherd Lutheran College – 1228.22
6th – Sunshine Beach State High School – 1200.67
7th – Caloundra State High School – 984.07

Day 3

Winners – Mountain Creek State High School – 1332.77 pts
2nd
– Meridan State College – 1312.08pts
3rd
– Coolum State High School – 1170.09
4th
– Sunshine Coast Grammar School – 1145.91
5th
– Caloundra City Private School – 1095.88
6th – Burnside State High School – 1033.72
7th
– Glasshouse Christian College – 736.81

How does it work?

Each school bring a team of between 16 and 32 students. Each school “team” is divided into 8 groups of 2 to 4 students. There are 8 activities to participate in.

The highlight of the challenge for me was learning there’s many ways to solve a problem

Students are awarded points for each activity and the school with the most cumulative points at the end of the day is declared the winner! Here is the list of activities being offered in 2022.

The SEC, in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, encourages students to consider a career in science or engineering while engaging in exciting competition.

More information about the challenge, competition and activities can also be found on the University of Newcastle website:

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/engineering-and-built-environment/science-and-engineering-challenge

For more information contact
mindset-doevents@usc.edu.au