The Science and Engineering Challenge (The Challenge) is a set of fun and competitive hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology. The concept is to immediately engage students in the activity with a minimum of introduction and theory.
Participating schools select their representative teams of between 24 and 32 students from Years 9 and 10. A total of eight different activities are set for each day, and each school allocates three or four students to each activity. The students are encouraged to explore scientific principles for themselves rather than being guided to a predetermined answer. Teams are divided into eight groups that compete in one full day or two half day activities.
Points are scored and tallied, and the winning school on that day qualifies for the Super Challenge (State Final), and may go on to the National Championships event (National Final). A competitive environment is created as representative school teams are pitted against each other and against the clock in a range of science and engineering tasks.
The Tasmanian Challenge
Heading into its thirteenth year in Tasmania, the Science and Engineering Challenge is an outreach program aimed at changing student's perceptions of science and engineering. Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of these disciplines which they would not usually see in their school environment. The Challenge aims to inspire students in year 10 (and below) to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry (the enabling sciences) in years 11 and 12.
By participating in the Challenge students see that science and engineering involves creativity, innovation, problem solving and team work.
This year, Challenge heats will be held in Launceston, (venue to be confirmed), at Marist Regional College in Burnie, and on the University of Tasmania campus in Sandy Bay. In 2017, there is a registration fee of $440 per school team.
(Please register through the above link only!)
Places are limited to eight schools per day and will be allocated on a first-in basis.
The 2017 Tasmanian Challenge Series will be held on the following dates in these regions:
- Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March 2017
- Sandy Bay campus, University of Tasmania
- Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April
- Thursday 6th April
- Marist Regional College
Note: Burnie will be one day only. The first eight schools in will secure their spot. A second day may be considered if a large number of entries are received.
The Science and Engineering Tasmanian Super Challenge will be held Wednesday 12th April in Burnie.
Participating schools select their representative teams of up to 32 students from Years 9 and 10. PLEASE NOTE: for smaller schools that are unable to meet the 24 student minimum, you are encouraged to combine teams with other small schools so as not to miss out!
We welcome combined entries from smaller schools, which we will help facilitate if required. If you have 12 to 20 students, please indicate the likely number of students when you register. If you have made arrangements to combine with another school, please include this information on the registration form.
In Tasmania the Challenge is coordinated by the University of Tasmania in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, and is supported by Rotary International Clubs (in Hobart, Launceston and North West Tasmania) with generous financial support from the Tasmanian Education Department and the University of Tasmania.
For more information about the Challenge in Tasmania, please contact:
State Coordinator, Science and Engineering Challenge and Discovery Days.
Outreach & Placement Officer (Engineering)
Community and Student Engagement | Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
University of Tasmania
(03) 6226 7868