Events

Events in your Area 2021

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 or the SEC office for a copy.

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.

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Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
 ACT & Region Canberra3 June

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
  

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
Albury WodongaAlbury Entertainment Centre19 Oct
Bathurst Bathurst4 May
Central Coast Gosford 17 Jun
Coffs Coast Coffs Harbour 27 Apr
Gordon Sydney - GordonN/A
Highlands Armidale (UNE)3 Mar
Kempsey Kempsey 18 - 19 May
Kingswood Sydney - Kingswood (WSU)N/A
Lucas Heights Sydney - Lucas Heights 6 May
Macarthur  Sydney - Campbelltown 24 - 25 Jun
Build ME a FutureNewcastle (UON)24 - 27 May
Mid Coast Taree N/A
NewcastleNewcastle (UON)22, 26 - 29 Oct
North West Narrabri 8 Jun
Northern Rivers Lismore (SCU)N/A
Orange Orange 6 May
Outback Cobar 30 Mar
Sapphire City Inverell 5 Mar
Southern Highlands Mittagong31 May
Southern Tablelands Goulburn 14 Oct
South West Slopes Young 9 Mar
Sydney Olympic Park Sydney Olympic Park 22 - 26 Mar
Tamworth Tamworth 16 - 17 Mar
Upper Hunter Muswellbrook 9 Jun
Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga 5 Mar
Western Plains Dubbo 23 - 24 Mar

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
Albury WodongaAlbury Entertainment Centre20 Oct
AvondaleCooranbongN/A
GosfordGosford6 Oct
HighlandsArmidale (UNE)2 Mar
KempseyKempsey20 May
NewcastleNewcastle (UON)N/A
North WestNarrabri9 - 11 Jun
Port StephensSalamander BayN/A
Southern HighlandsMittagong1 Jun
TamworthTamworth18 - 19 Mar
Upper HunterMuswellbrook10 - 11 Jun
Wagga WaggaWagga Wagga4 Mar
Western PlainsDubbo25 - 26 Mar

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
Alice Springs Alice Springs 22 Apr
Darwin Darwin 28 Apr

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
Alice Springs Alice Springs 23 Apr

Challenge Days

Event Name Location Dates
BrisbaneBrisbane City (QUT)17 - 19 Feb
Brisbane NorthSt Lucia (UQ)13 - 14 May
Brisbane SouthNathan (Griffith University)10 - 11 Jun
BundabergBundaberg (CQU)20 May
CairnsCairns (JCU)27 Apr
Darling DownsToowoomba (USQ)24 - 27 May
Fraser CoastHervey Bay (USC)18 May
Gold CoastGold Coast (Griffith University)7 - 8 Jun
MackayMackay (JCU)7 May
MoranbahMoranbah4 May
RockhamptonRockhampton (JCU)23 Apr
Sunshine CoastSippy Downs (USC)16 - 18 Mar
TownsvilleTownsville (JCU)29 - 30 Apr

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
Brisbane SouthBrisbane South3 - 4 Mar
Bundaberg Bundaberg (CQU)21 May
MoranbahMoranbah 5 May
Darling DownsToowoomba (USQ)6 Sep

Challenge Days

Event Name Location Dates
Adelaide Adelaide Central7 - 11 Jun
Adelaide (Year 11)Adelaide Central15 - 16 Jun
Mount GambierMount Gambier15 Oct
RiverlandLoxton18 Jun
Port LincolnPort Lincoln14 Oct

Discovery Days

Event Name Location Dates
Port LincolnPort Lincoln15 Oct

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
Hobart Hobart16 - 19 Mar
Launceston Launceston 22 - 23 Mar
North West Burnie25 - 26 Mar

Challenge Days

Event NameLocationDates
Bendigo Bendigo N/A
Geelong Geelong (Deakin University)28 - 29 Oct
Great South Coast Warrnambool (Deakin University)26 Oct
Melbourne Footscray (VU)N/A
Swan HillSwan Hill25 Feb
WimmeraHorsham22 Feb

Discovery Days

Event NameLocationDates
WimmeraHorsham23 Feb

Challenge Days

Event Name Location Dates
PerthPerth17 - 21 May
South WestBunbury24 - 25 May

Discovery Days

Event NameLocation Dates
South WestBunbury26 - 27 May

State Finals

Event NameLocationDates
New South WalesNewcastleCancelled
South AustraliaAdelaide29 Oct (TBC)
TasmaniaBurnie29 Mar

National Final

Regrettably, the 2021 National Final due to be held in Bendigo, Victoria on Friday 29 October has been cancelled.
This decision was made in the interests of having a safe, fair and equitable National Final where all qualifying teams have the opportunity to attend irrespective of which state or territory they are travelling from. The Bendigo Committee are continuing to plan for a spectacular final in 2022.

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 2021.

Qualification System 2021 (PDF)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.