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Science and Engineering Challenge


As an organiser of public gatherings, we are taking the situation regarding COVID-19 virus very seriously and we’d like to update you on our current position.

At this stage we are hoping to (only) postpone this event, to begin in mid-September; however, we are following the advice of the office of Department of Health and will only reschedule if we are advised it is safe to do so.

I will keep in contact so you are updated of developments. I will retain your registrations as they are, and will confirm the new dates once anounced, to see if you are available to volunteer.

We are still taking new registrations (for each region).

  • Hobart Mid-September
  • Launceston Late-September
  • Burnie Late-September
  • State Finals Burnie Late-September

We wish you well as the community responds to this situation and look forward to continuing a vibrant and stimulating Challenge in the future.

Please visit the Department of Health COVID-19 page to keep up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 information and advice.

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.

Tasmanian Challenge

Key Dates 2020

  • Hobart Tues 19th to Fri 22nd May
  • Launceston Mon 25th to Tues 26th May
  • Burnie Thurs 28th to Fri 29th May
  • State Finals: Burnie Mon 1st June

The Science and Engineering Tasmanian State Final will be held on Monday 1 June in Burnie.

School registrations for 2020 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 $480 per school team.


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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
Phone: +61 3 6226 7868

Email Susie