Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

13 May 2021 9:00am to 14 May 2021 2:30pm


The UQ Centre,
Union Road,
St Lucia

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Registrations for this event are now closed

The Science and Engineering Challenge, run in conjunction with The University of Newcastle, helps Year 9 and 10 students to foster their interest in STEM, with the hope that more students will consider future careers in these areas.

The Challenge involves a full day of practical activities where students put their best problem-solving minds to the test designing an earthquake-proof tower, building a hovercraft or bridge, providing electricity to a city or creating an environmentally friendly house. The exhilarating day culminates in the final task, where students put their efforts to the test in front of excited onlookers. Teams design and build bridges that should withhold loads as weighted ingots (blocks of metal) travel from one side to the other. Students are encouraged to approach the challenges with creativity, innovation and team work.Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of Science and Engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.

COST: $440 per school. Payable upon invoice from UQ after registration.

WHO ATTENDS: Each school brings a team of between 16 and 32 Year 9-10 students. A maximum of 8 schools per day compete against each other at one venue. Each school 'team' is divided into eight groups of between 2 to 4 students per group. Each group will then do either one full-day activity, or two half-day activities (i.e. one activity in the morning session, and a different one in the afternoon session).

A Teacher Information Pack will be sent to you following registration. 


P: 3365 2382
E: h.burdon@uq.edu.au