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 southern 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. If you would like to volunteer to assist contact the coordinators listed below.



Heats will be held in

Hobart           29th , 30th and 31st March
Launceston      3rd and 4th April
NW Coast         6th and 7th April
Super Challenge will be on NW Coast 12th April

District chair:  Christine Moane  Hobart

National Final Hobart 21 October 2016

For the first time Tasmania hosted the national final .

Results were –

1 St. Mary’s High School  NSW
2 Launceston Christian School Tas
3 Mount Carmel College Tas
4 Immanuel College SA
5 Bendigo South East College Vic
6 St. Peter’s Lutheran College Qland
7 Georgiana Molloy Anglican School WA
8 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College NT

Watch the U tube feed from the final

Qualifying heats for 2016 The 2016 Tasmanian Challenge Series were held  in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie in May.

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

Updated July 2016

The 2016 Science and Engineering Challenge is the twelfth time it has operated in Tasmania. Qualifying heats for 2016 were held on the North West Coast, in Launceston and in Hobart with the State Final in Hobart.

Launceston Christian School was the winning school and now progresses to the National Final in Hobart on October 21st. 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.

 The 2016 National Final of the Science and Engineering Challenge is being held on Friday, 21 October 2016, at the University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay from 8:15am to 3pm. 



Can’t make it to the National Final? DON’T MISS OUT!
We will be live streaming the introduction (announcement of secret activities) and end of day bridge finale and presentation on our YouTube channel. Tune in at 8:15am and 1:45pm to catch the action.

Photos and results from the day will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages!


More information from University of Tasmania