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The Challenge (as it is known) provides meaningful, hands-on experiences designed to challenge high school students to make a difference in the world by choosing a career in Science and Engineering. We address the take up of science and mathematics in senior high school at its foundations by making science and engineering fun... and competitive!

Recent research has established that young people make important career/ study choices in primary school. The Discovery Day program exposes them to Science and Engineering in an enjoyable and informative way.  

Check out our quick promotional video to get the low-down.


Sponsorship Brochure

For more information regarding different sponsorship opportunties feel free to download our brochure

Sponsorship brochure (PDF, 2.2MB)


Current Challenge Partners

Rotary Wheel Rotary have been a critical part of the Science and Engineering Challenge since its inception. The Challenge would not exist without the ongoing support of around 2,500 Rotary volunteers across Australia. In most regions, local Rotary clubs take the lead role in organising the Challenge events. They bring together local communities, businesses, schools, professional organisations and universities to support the Challenge financially and organisationally.

Univeristy of Newcastle Logo black backgroundThe Science and Engineering Challenge began as a University of Newcastle outreach program to encourage students in its catchment area to study the enabling sciences and maths in senior high school. In 2005, the Challenge expanded to become a national program.The University of Newcastle continues to provide staff, resources and a large amount of baseline funding to the program, and has partnered with nearly 30 other universities in every state and territory across Australia to deliver Challenge events in their local regions. These partnerships variously include funding, event management, logistics and staffing. This approach allows other universities to run Challenge events in their catchment areas.

Engineers Australia logoEngineers Australia are long running supporters of the Science and Engineering Challenge. The professional association are represented at a larger number of events across Australia. These include both retired and current engineers from the full spectrum of disciplines in engineering.

Inspiring Australia logoInspiring Australia (IA) is an Australian Federal Government Strategy that aims to develop a more scientifically engaged public. The Science and Engineering Challenge is one of the many outreach programs that are part of the strategy. The Challenge is proud to continue working closely with IA at both state and national level.

Coal and Allied The Coal & Allied Community Development Fund supports a vibrant program of Challenge events in Upper Hunter region of NSW including the Science and Engineering Challenge for year 9-10 students, and Discovery Days and SMART science shows for primary  school students. The Challenge and Coal & Allied have been working together for almost a decade to improve educational outcomes for Upper Hunter communities.

Electric energy society of australia logoThe Electric Energy Society of Australia have been supporters of the Science and Engineering Challenge for many years. They also support the Challenge philosophy of "Create our future, make a difference"

EngibearThe Science and Engineering Challenge is proud to announce a relatively new partnership with the author of "Engibear's Dream" and "Engibear's Bridge", Dr Andrew King. These beautifully illustrated and fun-to-read books raise children's understanding and awareness of engineering. They are particularly suited to children who participate in our Discovery Day program.

Lake Macquaire City Council LogoLake Macquarie City Council joined the Science and Engineering Challenge in 2015 as major sponsor of the Discovery Day program. We look forward to continuing to work with the council to deliver outstanding programs for the Lake Macquarie Community.

Laing O'Rourke logo

Laing O’Rourke is a $7 billion international operation with 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure – including a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner.

As Australia’s largest, privately owned engineering and construction firm, the business has delivered some of the country’s largest, most technically-complex projects within the social infrastructure, building construction,  transport, oil and gas, defence, airports, mining, marine and civil sectors.

Laing O’Rourke is committed to the continual pursuit of innovation to secure Australia’s sustainable infrastructure future. We have lived and worked in the Hunter region for more than 50 years and are committed to supporting the region’s young people to explore engineering as a career.

PWCS logo

PWCS sponsors the Science and Engineering Challenge Discovery Day program to provide relevant, hands-on experiences to dispel misconceptions and encourage young people into science and engineering careers.

AI Group Logo

The Australian Industry Group is highly influential with all levels of government and a market leader among industry organisations. We are well respected by governments, oppositions and policy makers throughout Australia as a non-partisan organisation which advocates policies that support the economy and the community.

Our members drive Australian Industry Group's policy development.

Australian Industry Group has no political affiliations and our policies are developed in close consultation with members, our sector and regional groups, and our elected policy-making bodies.

We promote members' perspectives to all levels of government, regulatory agencies, tribunals, interest groups, the community and the media.

Our representations to government help our members do business by influencing government policy and priorities.