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Science and Engineering Challenge

Congratulations to the five teams of aspiring scientists and engineers who made it to the 2022 Science and Engineering Challenge State Finals in Launceston on 11 April!!

Launceston Christian School took the top spot, followed by Mount Carmel College, Calvin Christian School, Kingston High School, and St Virgil’s College.

Key Dates for 2022

Tuesday 29th March to Friday 8th April

State Final: Monday 11th April

Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who assisted with the Challenge this year!

The Science and Engineering Challenge (the 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.

By participating in the Challenge students see that science and engineering involves creativity, innovation, problem solving and team work. The Challenge aims to inspire students to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry in Years 11 and 12.

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 Government, TasWater and the University of Tasmania.

How it works

The Science and Engineering 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. 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 State Final, and that winning team has the opportunity to compete at the 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.

Check it out!

2021 Science and Engineering Challenge highlights, YouTube video

2021 Science and Engineering Challenge highlights

2020 Science and Engineering Challenge highlights, YouTube video

2020 Science and Engineering Challenge highlights

Tasmanian Challenge

Key Dates for 2022

  • Hobart: Tuesday March 29th to Friday April 1st
  • Burnie: Monday April 4th and Tuesday April 5th
  • Launceston: Thursday April 7th and Friday April 8th
  • State Finals (Launceston): Monday April 11th

Places are limited to eight schools per day and will be allocated on a first-in basis

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. There is a registration fee of $480 per team.


Are you interested in volunteering at the Science and Engineering Challenge? Help make this a truly great event for the students. You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to volunteer.

Volunteer registration


For more information about the Science and Engineering Challenge in Tasmania, please contact:

Susie Haley
State Coordinator, Science and Engineering Challenge
Schools and Community Engagement
Division of Future Students
Mobile: 0437 916 666

Email Susie