Students in a labPlease note that when providing information about non-school based activities, the school does not endorse the activities nor the service providers. Parents and/or students are responsible for investigating the suitability and value of these activities.

Curricular and departmental activities

ActivityDescription and further informationYear levelsKey datesLocation
TutoringIndividual teachers may provide tutorial sessions during school time. Contact class teachers for details.7–12VariousSchool
Kids STEM ProgramA full day of workshops at The University of Queensland provides inspiration and for participants to go back to school and design and carry out their own scientific research and/or technology project in a STEM field.Year 8 Zenith classTerm 3UQ and QASMT
​STEM Podcasts
​Ever wondered what an astrophysicist actually does? Listen to the Queensland Department of Education’s STEM podcasts to find out! To help celebrate National Science Week in 2020, the department has released the first in a series of podcasts featuring STEM careers and Inspiring STEM professionals.


School supported extra-curricular activities

ActivityDescription and further informationYear levelsKey datesLocation
UQ Science & Engineering ChallengeStudents participate in UQ’s annual Science and Engineering Challenge across three separate days of competition. The UQ Science and Engineering Challenge allows high school students to gain hands-on science and engineering experience, inspiring them to pursue careers in these fields.Selected Year 10 studentsTerm 1, 2019The University of Queensland
UQ Science Ambassadors ProgramRaise the profile of science within your school and recognise high achieving science students by nominating them as UQ Science Ambassadors. UQ Science Ambassadors are supported to promote and engage with science through regular communication from UQ, including email updates and a closed Facebook group, and exclusive invitations to attend events.Year 11Applications due Term 1, 2019School
ICAS Science (administered by UNSW)The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. Cost is $8.80 per student.7–12TBASchool
National Science Week ActivitiesVisit the website for more information.7–12TBASchool and other locations
Young ICT Explorers CompetitionYoung ICT Explorers is a competition for school students to produce their best Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) related project.7–12TBASchool
Wesley Hospital School Internship ProgramYear 11 students are offered a week-long experience that is designed to identify and support the healthcare workforce of future. The internship includes presentations and conversations with healthcare leaders, departmental tours, education sessions, practical work placements with practitioners and debriefs.Students at the end of Year 11TBAThe Wesley Hospital

Non-school based activities

ActivityDescription and further informationYear levelsKey datesLocation
Queensland Science ContestThe 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!7–12TBAJudging venue is University of QLD, St Lucia
Big Science CompetitionThe 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 10.7–10TBASchool
The ConocoPhillips Science Experience3 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.9–10TBAUQ, QUT and Griffith Universities
UQ Junior Physics OlympiadThe 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 10TBAThe 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 studentsTBABrisbane Grammar School
The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka PrizeThe 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: $1,000.7–12TBAOnline entry form. Entries submitted by post to NSW.
QUT Vice Chancellor’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) CampThe 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 11TBAQUT 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.11–12TBAQUT Gardens Point Campus
Australian Science Olympiad CompetitionsThe 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.10–11TBASchool
SPARQ-ed  Research ImmersionThe 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.10–12See website for dates and details.UQ Diamantina Institute
RACI Titration CompetitionSchool 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.10–12Regional 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 11See 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.

11–12TBAThe 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.

Year 12TBABrisbane
Work ExperienceMany options available including: CSIRO and QIMR
10–12Year 10 work experience in first week of September holidaysVarious locations
Last reviewed 20 January 2021
Last updated 20 January 2021