Events

Events in your Area 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE: ALL Science and Engineering Challenge events have been postponed until September.

The health and safety of our communities within Australia are the highest priority to the Science and Engineering Challenge. Where current health advice enables our events to run safely, we will be following procedures as outlined in the Risk Assessment. Please contact your local organiser for a copy, or contact the SEC office.

Please note that upcoming events may have to be rescheduled, postponed, or cancelled at short notice as directed by local authorities and the most current health advice.


The Science and Engineering Challenge is a national program, running Challenge Days (for high school students) and Discovery Days (for primary school students) across every state and territory in Australia.

Click on the relevant state below to find events in your area. If you would like to attend an event please contact us for more information. Please Note: Event locations and dates are subject to change.

Can't find an event near you? Let us know.

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
 ACT & Region TBCTBC

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
 ACT & Region TBC TBC

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
Bathurst BathurstTBC
Central Coast Gosford 10 Nov
Coffs Harbour Coffs Harbour 15 Oct
Gordon Sydney - GordonTBC
Highlands Armidale (UNE)10 Mar
Illawarra & SE Wollongong (UOW) 20 - 21 Oct
InglesideSydney - Terrey HillsTBC
Kempsey Kempsey TBC
Kingswood Sydney - Kingswood (WSU)TBC
Lucas Heights Sydney - Lucas Heights TBC
Macarthur  Sydney - Campbelltown TBC
Mid Coast Taree TBC
NewcastleNewcastle (UON)19 - 23 Oct
North West Narrabri TBC
Northern Rivers Lismore (SCU)19 - 21 Oct
Orange Orange TBC
Outback Cobar 27 Oct
Sapphire City Inverell 13 Mar
Sapphire Coast Bega 13 Mar
Southern Highlands MittagongTBC
Southern Tablelands Goulburn 23 Oct
South West Slopes Young 3 Mar
Sydney Olympic Park Sydney Olympic Park 9 - 13 Nov
Tamworth Tamworth TBC
Upper Hunter Muswellbrook 24 Sep
Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga 5 Mar
Western Plains Dubbo TBC

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
AvondaleCooranbongTBC
DungogDungogTBC
HighlandsArmidale (UNE)11 Mar
KempseyKempseyTBC
MaitlandMaitlandTBC
Mid CoastTareeTBC
NewcastleGatesheadTBC
NewcastleMayfieldTBC
North WestNarrabriTBC
Northern RiversLismore (SCU)22 - 23 Oct
Port StephensSalamander BayTBC
Southern HighlandsMittagongTBC
TamworthTamworthTBC
Upper HunterMuswellbrook22 - 23 Sep
Western PlainsDubboTBC

Challenge Days

Event Name Location Dates
BrisbaneBrisbane City (QUT)12 - 14 Feb
Brisbane NorthSt Lucia (UQ)TBC
Brisbane SouthWaterford (Griffith University)26 - 27 Nov
BundabergBundaberg (CQU)TBC
CairnsCairns (JCU)3 Nov
Darling DownsToowoomba (USQ)TBC
Fraser CoastHervey Bay (USC)TBC
Gold CoastGold Coast (Griffith University)23 - 24 Nov
MoranbahMoranbahTBC
Sunshine CoastSippy Downs (USC)28 - 30 Oct
TownsvilleTownsville (JCU)5 - 6 Nov

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
Bundaberg Bundaberg (CQU)TBC
Gympie Gympie TBC
MoranbahMoranbah TBC

Challenge Days

Event Name Location Dates
Adelaide Adelaide Central26 - 29 Oct
KadinaKadina23 Oct
Mount GambierMount Gambier17 Sep
RiverlandLoxton21 Oct
Port LincolnPort Lincoln29 Jul

Discovery Days

Event Name Location Dates
  

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
Hobart Hobart City Hall15 - 17 Sep
Launceston Launceston 21 - 22 Sep
North West Burnie24 - 25 Sep

State Finals 2020

Please note: due to the unexpected impact of COVID-19 on communities Australia-wise, state finals are unlikely to run in 2020.

Event NameLocationDates
TBCTBCTBC

National Final 2020

Please note: due to the unexpected impact of COVID-19 on communities Australia-wide, there will not be a National Final in 2020.

We thank you for your understanding and value your continued support.

Qualification Procedures

The overriding principles for the SEC qualifying system are simplicity, fairness and sustainability. The following policy will be used to guide schools' progression through the SEC competition from a regional event to the National Final in 2020.

Qualification System 2020 (PDF)