Science and Engineering Challenge [SEC]

The science and engineering challenge is an outreach program conducted by the Universities of Newcastle and Tasmania in association with Rotary and the Engineers Australia (Tasmania Division) . It involves year 9 and 10 students engaging in a number of exciting activities related to science, technology and engineering. Challenges are conducted in north west, northern and Mars Buggy Taroona High Schoolsouthern Tasmania.


We have seen a significant growth in the Challenge since it commenced in Tasmania 12  years ago. In July 2015 there were 1125 students from 45 different schools.

Volunteers spent 2000 hours to assure the Challenge was a success in Tasmania.


Heats were  held in

Hobart           29th , 30th and 31st March 2017
Launceston      3rd and 4th April  2017
NW Coast         6th and 7th April 2017

District chair:  Christine Moane  Hobart


Super Challenge results from Burnie on 12th April  2017

Launceston Christian School
Burnie High School
Riverside High School
Mount Carmel College
Devonport High School
St Aloysius Catholic College
Ulverstone High School
Sacred Heart College, Newtown

Watch the U tube feed from the 2016 National  final in Hobart

Launceston Christian School's bridge buckles from the "block buster"weight on the trolley

Launceston Christian School’s bridge buckles from the “block buster”weight on the trolley


Launceston Christian School was the winning school  in 2016 and now progresses to the National Final in Hobart on October 21st 2016. As the host state, Tasmania is allowed to nominate a second school as a wild card entry for the national final. The Mount Carmel College team was awarded the wild card entry.


State winners- Launceston Christian School

The Challenge brings together the University of Tasmania, Rotary, Society of Engineers, High Schools around Tasmania and high school students with a view to increasing the awareness of science, engineering and technology as a career.

National Finals  Friday 21 October 2016

Having won their way through regional and state challenges, eight schools are sending some 250 students to the national finals, which are hosted by the University and the Rotary Club of Hobart.

 The schools competing in the Challenge this year are:

 ·      Bendigo South East College (VIC)
·      Georgiana Molloy Anglican School (WA)
·      Immanuel College (SA)
·      Launceston Christian School (TAS)
·      Mount Carmel College (TAS – Wildcard)
·      Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College (NT)
·      St Mary’s High School (NSW)
·      St Peter’s Lutheran College (QLD)


These top schools will compete in a range of exciting hands-on STEM activities which will be kept secret until the morning of the competition.

Without the support of Tasmanian Rotarians, engineers, university students and local businesses, the challenge would not be possible. In Tasmania alone, well over 2500 hours have been donated by volunteers this year. Thank you everyone.

 The National Science and Engineering Challenge final is supported by The University of Tasmania, The Rotary Clubs of Tasmania, Tasmanian Government, CSIRO and presented by The University of Newcastle.


More information from University of Newcastle

Updated August  2017