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The Science and Engineering Challenge

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 Education Department and the University of Tasmania.

How the Challenge 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 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 Challenge in Tasmania

The 2019 Tasmanian Challenge Series will be held as follows:

  • Burnie – Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st May
  • Launceston – Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May
  • Hobart – Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st May
  • Tasmanian State final – Monday 3rd June

Note: Launceston and Burnie are two days each and Hobart will be four days this year.

The Science and Engineering Tasmanian State Final will be held on Monday 3rd June in Hobart.

School registrations for 2019 are now open. The link below is the only method of registering.


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 $440 per school team.

More information and teacher resources.

Volunteer for the Challenge

Are you interested in volunteering at the Science and Engineering Challenge? Sign up now to help make this a truly great event for the students.

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

Susie Haley
State Coordinator, Science and Engineering Challenge and Discovery Days

Outreach & Placement Officer (Engineering)
College of Sciences and Engineering
Ph: +61 3 6226 7868