Last year, the Science and Engineering Challenge involved more than 24,000 students from over 800 schools across Australia. From our survey, past participants in the Challenge said:

  • 93% - Found the Challenge rewarding
  • 84% - Found the Challenge informative about relevant potential careers

The graph below shows the percentage of students who decided to study science and mathematics in Year 11 as a result of participating in a Science and Engineering Challenge event:

Influence Statistics

The feedback from students and teachers is also very encouraging:


This is an excellent program, which has a very positive reputation within our school. We attended this years ago and were delighted to see its return.

We at Uralla Central value being able to bring our students to UNE so that they experience what a university campus is like. This can help them to aspire to go to university.

Please, please, please continue to offer this wonderful opportunity for students (and teachers). Our particular thanks to the many volunteers who make the challenge possible.

Keep on doing a fantastic job. Students can be seriously motivated to pursue science careers by these activities.

What did you take away from the challenge?

That students can really enjoy challenging problem solving situations with sufficient time to think!

Hands on approach to learning is very important.

A renewal of my desire to include more stem activities in my teaching.

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