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Please note: due to the COVID-19 virus, some offerings are limited, postponed, or cancelled. We will update our pages as soon as possible and we thank you for your patience.

We offer a range of hands-on programs for primary and secondary school students which are designed to excite and inspire.

The STEM Outreach Team is part of the College of Sciences and Engineering at the University of Tasmania. The Team delivers hands-on and engaging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities to groups of school students.

On campus, Year 9 – 12 students can take part in the three-day programs, the ConocoPhillips Science Experience or the Tasmanian Youth Science Forum.

During National Science Week in August, the Young Tassie Scientists can visit your school and you can find out what it’s really like to be a scientist!

Competitions throughout the year include the Science Investigation Awards for Year 5 – 12 students and the national Science and Engineering Challenge for Year 9 – 10 students.

The STEM Outreach Team is part of the College of Sciences and Engineering at the University of Tasmania. The Team delivers hands-on and engaging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities to groups of school students.

Schools can book activities which are closely linked to the Australian Curriculum and are designed for students in grades 3-12. These can be modified to suit younger groups. These activities can be brought to schools or hosted at the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay Campus.

The team also maintains a strong presence and involvement at community events during National Science Week and at numerous community outreach and engagement events throughout the year.

View the STEM Outreach Team website

The Science Experience is a three-day program of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students, usually held in December.

Students participate in a range of hands-on science and engineering activities held on campus under the guidance of university researchers, and take part in laboratory sessions, fieldwork, tours of facilities, and team challenges.

The Science Experience aims to inspire students to continue their science studies, and is supported by the Science Schools Foundation, Rotary, the Australian Science Teachers Association, and ConocoPhillips Australia.

Upcoming Science Experience programs in Tasmania

  • Burnie 26 – 28 November 2019
  • Launceston 3 – 5 December 2019
  • Hobart 10- 12 December 2019

View the Science Experience website

The cost to attend is $190. For students requiring financial assistance - some sponsored positions may be available through Rotary and other local supporters - please contact the Science Experience office directly for more information about sponsorship (03 9756 7534,

For more information

For more information about the Science Experience in Tasmania, please contact:

Dr Adele Wilson
Project Officer STEM Outreach
College of Sciences and Engineering
+61 3 6226 2287

The Tasmanian Youth Science Forum is a program for Tasmanian Year 11 and 12 students with an interest in science, engineering and technology.

Participants will spend three days during the April school holidays at the University of Tasmania taking part in a variety of workshops with University researchers and students.

The Tasmanian Youth Science Forum offers participating students an insiders' perspective on university life and an opportunity to discuss future course options with key people. Students will be able to connect study with future careers, experience real life research projects, and visit leading research institutes and laboratories.

Tasmanian Youth Science Forum 2019

The 2019 Tasmanian Youth Science Forum will be held at the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus on 15th-17th April 2019, from 8:45-7pm daily (the program finishes earlier on the last day).

Registration costs $95 per student, and places are strictly limited.

The registration cost covers program costs, catering, and off-campus excursions during the program (please note that accommodation is not included, but affordable, supervised accommodation suitable for under-18's is available if required).

Complete the online registration form.

For more information about the Tasmanian Youth Science Forum, please contact:

Tanaz Knott
Tasmanian Youth Science Forum Coordinator 
College of Sciences and Engineering
+61 3 6226 2616

Event postponed. Please visit site for more information.

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.

Read more about the Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Investigation Awards is a state wide competition for student investigations completed following the scientific method.

Year 5 – 12 students submit an investigation report which is judged in person by representatives from research, industry and education.

Judging days are held on University campuses in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie in August/September each year. Outstanding projects are awarded with cash prizes provided by local supporters from business, industry and government, who are keen to encourage Tasmanian students to study science.

“What I enjoyed most about the Awards was how it gave us the opportunity to be more independent with our learning and had freedom to choose the idea we wanted to work on. Working on a subject we chose ourselves made it engaging and exciting” - Grade 9 student.

Award-winning projects have received national and international recognition through the BHP-Billiton Science and Engineering Awards and the Intel International Science Fair in the US.

Science and Engineering Investigation Awards 2018 dates and locations

North West Tasmania (Cradle Coast campus)
  • Tuesday 4 September (Year 5-6) - Investigation judging day
  • Wednesday 5 September (Year 7-12) - Investigation judging day
  • Thursday 6 September - Project displays, and presentation evening
Northern Tasmania (Newnham campus)
  • Thursday 6 September (Year 5-12) - Investigation judging day
  • Friday 7 September - Project displays, and presentation evening
Southern Tasmania (Sandy Bay campus)
  • Thursday 13 September - Investigation judging day
  • Thursday 20 September - Project displays, and presentation evening

For more information

For more information, please contact:

Jeannie-Marie LeRoi
Manager of Community & Student Engagement
College of Sciences and Engineering
+61 3 6226 7477

Visit Science and Engineering Investigation Awards for more information and resources.

Shasta Henry - Entomologist

The Young Tassie Scientists (YTS) program aims to provide insights into working as a scientist.

Young Tassie Scientists involves early career researchers and scientists who are passionate about their work and who connect with a range of audiences. They present interactive demonstrations and activities based on their work to schools and regional communities around Tasmania, and are widely profiled ambassadors for science, engineering and technology during National Science Week.

By providing dynamic and inspiring role models, engaging hands-on activities, and information on educational opportunities and future careers, the YTS program encourages younger people to continue their studies in science and to make connections between studying science and resulting jobs and careers.

The Young Tassie Scientists help engage and motivate students about science and science careers. They also provide teachers with the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of current research.

Since its inception in 2003, the YTS program has involved more than 200 young scientists giving presentations in countless classrooms all over Tasmania. These scientists have also taken part in University Open Days, National Science Week events, career expos and science/ art programs, reaching many hundreds of people.

Young Tassie Scientists is made possible by National Science Week funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the University of Tasmania.

Find out who are this year's Young Tassie Scientists

Schools usually visit the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on Hobart's waterfront as part of one of our outreach programs. Their Taroona facility is only accessible via bookings during National Science Week each August. However, there is a small public area you can visit or you can contact IMAS for more information. If you want to find out more about our programs, email us!

Visit their website to learn about school visits at IMAS: