Events

Events in your Area 2020

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

The health and safety of our communities within Australia are the highest priority to the Science and Engineering Challenge. We recognise the immense amount of coordination and organisation one of these events demands, and we thank all our regional chairs, local organisers, educators, volunteers and community members for continuing to work with us.

We also know how important it is for young people to be challenged, work as a team, and remain curious about the world. When we are able to bring the Science and Engineering Challenge back to your region, we want it to be better than ever! That is why we are continuing to work on this program - from our office, workshop and homes.

Stay well, and we look forward to seeing your schools and communities later in 2020!

- The SEC team


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 Bathurst31 Mar
Central Coast Gosford 22 - 23 Jun
Coffs Harbour Coffs Harbour 7 Apr
Gordon Sydney - Gordon29 Jul
Highlands Armidale (UNE)10 Mar
Illawarra & SE Wollongong (UOW) 27 - 29 Jul
InglesideSydney - Terrey Hills5 May
Kempsey Kempsey 19 - 20 May
Kingswood Sydney - Kingswood (WSU)30 Jun - 1 Jul
Lucas Heights Sydney - Lucas Heights 7 May
Macarthur  Sydney - Campbelltown 25 - 26 Jun
Mid Coast Taree 30 Apr
NewcastleNewcastle (UON)25 - 28 May
North West Narrabri 4 Jun
Northern Rivers Lismore (SCU)2 Jun
Orange Orange 2 Apr
Outback Cobar 7 Apr
Sapphire City Inverell 13 Mar
Sapphire Coast Bega 13 Mar
Southern Highlands Mittagong25 May
Southern Tablelands Goulburn 31 Jul
South West Slopes Young 3 Mar
Sydney Olympic Park Sydney Olympic Park 23 - 27 Mar
Tamworth Tamworth 17 - 18 Mar
Upper Hunter Muswellbrook 10 Jun
Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga 5 Mar
Western Plains Dubbo 31 Mar - 1 Apr

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
AvondaleCooranbong4 - 5 Aug
DungogDungog11 Sep
HighlandsArmidale (UNE)11 Mar
KempseyKempsey21 May
MaitlandMaitland10 - 14 Aug
Mid CoastTaree1 - 8 May
NewcastleGatesheadTBC
NewcastleMayfieldTBC
North WestNarrabri3 - 4 Jun
Northern RiversLismore (SCU)22 - 14 Jun
Port StephensSalamander BayTBC
Southern HighlandsMittagong26 May
TamworthTamworth19 - 20 Mar
Upper HunterMuswellbrook11 - 12 Jun
Western PlainsDubbo2 - 3 Apr

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
Alice Springs Alice Springs 23 Jun
Darwin Darwin 17 Jun

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
Alice Springs Alice Springs 24 Jun
DarwinDarwin18 Jun

Challenge Days

Event Name Location Dates
BrisbaneBrisbane City (QUT)12 - 14 Feb
Brisbane NorthSt Lucia (UQ)22 - 24 Jul
Brisbane SouthWaterford (Griffith University)11 - 12 Jun
BundabergBundaberg (CQU)26 May
CairnsCairns (JCU)21 Apr
Darling DownsToowoomba (USQ)19 - 22 May
Fraser CoastHervey Bay (USC)1 May
Gold CoastGold Coast (Griffith University)8 - 9 Jun
MoranbahMoranbah5 May
Sunshine CoastSippy Downs (USC)18 - 20 Mar
TownsvilleTownsville (JCU)23 - 24 Apr

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
Bundaberg Bundaberg (CQU)27 - 28 May
Gympie Gympie 16 Mar
MoranbahMoranbah 6 May

Challenge Days

Event Name Location Dates
Adelaide Adelaide Central3 - 4 Aug
Adelaide NorthAdelaide North6 - 7 Aug
Adelaide SouthAdelaide South30 Jun - 2 Jul
KadinaKadina27 Jul
Mount GambierMount Gambier19 Jun
RiverlandLoxton17 Jun
Port LincolnPort Lincoln29 Jul

Discovery Days

Event Name Location Dates
Port LincolnPort Lincoln30 Jul

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
Hobart Hobart (UTAS)19 - 22 May
Launceston Launceston (UTAS)25 - 26 May
North West Burnie28 - 29 May

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
Bendigo Bendigo 3 Aug
Geelong Geelong (Deakin University)16 - 17 Apr
Great South Coast Warrnambool (Deakin University)29 Apr
Melbourne Footscray (VU)1 May
Swan HillSwan Hill27 Feb
WimmeraHorsham25 Feb

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
TBCTBCTBC

Challenge Days

Event Name Location Dates
BroomeBroome26 May
GeraldtonGeraldton20 May
PerthPerth30 Mar - 6 Apr
South WestBunbury24 - 25 Mar

Discovery Days

Event NameLocation Dates
Geraldton Geraldton 21 May
South WestBunbury26 - 27 Mar

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
New South WalesNewcastleTBC
South AustraliaAdelaideTBC
TasmaniaHobartTBC

National Final 2020

Please note: due to the unexpected impact of COVID-19 on communities Australia-wise, there will not be a National Final in 2020. After all, we value the participation and recognition of students from all regions in Australia!

We thank you for your understanding and value your continued support to bring the Science & Engineering Challenge to your community when possible.

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)