Queensland Science Contest||The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes. It is currently in its 61st year!||7–12||TBA||Judging venue is University of QLD, St Lucia|
Big Science Competition||The Big Science Competition is a 50 minute, 30 multiple choice competition testing critical thinking and problem solving skills, not just factual recall. Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable (and interesting). There are 4 paper levels, years 7, 8, 9 and 10.||7–10||TBA||School|
The ConocoPhillips Science Experience||3 or 4 days of science activities for students in years 9 or 10. The program is designed to provide students who have an interest in science with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of hands-on activities under the guidance of scientists.||9–10||TBA||UQ, QUT and Griffith Universities|
UQ Junior Physics Olympiad||The Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad is a five day (non-residential) program for year ten students with an interest in science and mathematics who may be considering doing physics in year 11. The program aims to develop problem solving skills as well as an appreciation and understanding of physics.||Year 10||TBA||The University of Queensland|
International Young Physics Tournament (IYPT)||The purpose of IYPT is to develop scientific thinking, research skills, communication skills and teamwork. It is a unique tournament for high school students of physics. Teams are two students and one teacher.||11–12 Physics students||TBA||Brisbane Grammar School|
The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize||The University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is offered to primary and high school students and encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story using a short video. 1st Prize value: $4,000 + $500 book voucher, 2nd Prize: $2,000, 3rd Prize: $1,000.||7–12||TBA||Online entry form. Entries submitted by post to NSW.|
QUT Vice Chancellor’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Camp||The camp provides high-achieving year 11 students with an exciting opportunity to attend an interactive five-day experience in the September school holidays and engage in solving some of the major challenges facing our society and the planet today. Students will have the opportunity to experience ground-breaking research as it happens, inside QUT’s world class research laboratories and the new Science and Engineering Centre.||Year 11||TBA||QUT Gardens Point|
|QUT High School Research internship||
QUT high school research internships offer Year 12 students the opportunity to contribute to real-world research under the mentorship of esteemed academics. Students are assigned to an established research group where they will develop their skill in the laboratory, research, critical thinking and presentation. They'll learn about the role that scientific research plays in solving some of society's biggest issues.||11–12||TBA||QUT Gardens Point Campus|
|Australian Science Olympiad Competitions||The Australian Science Olympiad Competition is a national extension program for top performing secondary science students which culminate in the International Science Olympiads – the Olympic Games for science students. Year 10 and 11 students must first sit one or more of the four
Australian Science Olympiad Exams on offer in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science and physics.||10–11||TBA||School|
|SPARQ-ed Research Immersion||The research immersion programs are open to all senior year 10, 11 and 12 students and teachers throughout Queensland. Note: Students must be at least 15 years old to participate in the Immersion program.||10–12||See website for dates and details.||UQ Diamantina Institute|
RACI Titration Competition||School are invited to enter teams from Grades 10, 11 and 12 in the Queensland Regional Titration Competition. The aim of the competition is to encourage students who enjoy Chemistry - especially practical Chemistry - and to recognise those who are becoming proficient. Entrants compete in teams of three. See link below for more information, specific dates and venues.||10–12||Regional competitions are held in May.||Various venues|
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)||Students during year 11 are selected to attend the NYSF the following year. They learn how to make informed decisions about courses and careers in the sciences and gain a professional skill set to help them realise their potential.||Year 11||See the NYSF website for application details and dates.||Canberra|
International Science School (ISS)|
The Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS) is a visionary science event created for academically gifted high school students. 140 top science students from up to nine countries (Australia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the USA and the United Kingdom) participate in a two-week program of inspiring talks by world-renowned scientists, laboratory tours and hands-on activities as well as social events.
The two-week fully residential program is offered totally free of charge by the School of Physics through the Physics Foundation, which was established in 1954 and is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence.
|11–12||TBA||The University of Sydney|
Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education|
Outstanding Senior Science Student Awards
The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education recognise students who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.
|Work Experience||Many options available including:
QIMR||10–12||Year 10 work experience in first week of September holidays||Various locations|