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High school students in Years 10, 11 and 12

Students interested in studying engineering, project management and information technologies can get involved in a number of activities run by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

The faculty offers workshops, programs and work experience placements for Year 10 high school students throughout the year.

We also participate in information nights.

Join us to participate in fun and fascinating activities and experience life at Sydney, one of Australia's most vibrant student communities.

For more information on how to experience engineering at Sydney, please contact us at


Interactive workshops

Throughout the year, we invite high school students on campus to experience what it's like studying engineering, project management and IT.

Students participate in fun, interactive workshops, tour our facilities and talk to our academics and students about study options and life at Sydney. During the workshops you might create your own avatar, build a signal railway, make ice cream, design a prosthetic leg, program an arduino microcontroller or participate in a desert island scenario.

Information nights

We know that life during the final years at school can be stressful, so we want to make your transition to university as easy as possible.

The University offers Year 11/12 and Parent Information Nights to give you an overview of our undergraduate degrees, explain the application process and let you know about our HSC preparation and bridging courses.

You also have the chance to chat to academics and current students and hear about their experiences at Sydney first hand. Find out more or register now.

Please check the future students website for regular updates on times and dates for upcoming events.

Engineers Australia Engineering Schools

We participate in the annual Engineers Australia engineering schools, designed for students in Year 11 and 12 who are interested in pursuing an engineering career.

These week-long programs include visits to universities, including Sydney, and engineering companies with the opportunity to see engineers in action on major project sites. Participants will be mentored by university students, engage in hands-on activities and learn about careers in engineering.

For more information visit the Engineers Australia website

Discover Engineering Day

The faculty also participates in Engineers Australia's Discover Engineering Day, fun and interactive days throughout the year where students can learn what a career in engineering is all about.

For more information visit the Engineers Australia website

Competitions, Programs, Workshops

Girls' Programming Network

The Girls' Programming Network (GPN) is an extra-curricular program run by girls, for girls. In this one-day workshop participants have the opportunity to develop their own games, learn about digital media, sound, image and video manipulation and even create smart phone applications.

The tutors are a mix of University IT students and professional software engineers from companies like Google and Atlassian.

For more information visit the GPN website


MadMaker is a six-week online challenge aimed at Year 9 students to educate them about embedded systems and their use in everyday life. It involves using Arduino Esplora boards to investigate fun and interactive ways to use science, technology, engineering and maths to solve real-world problems.

Find out more

National Computer Science School (NCSS)

For students entering year 11 or 12 who are interested in IT, we run an intensive ten day computer programming and website development summer school. As part of the NCSS program, participants will go on site visits and meet industry professionals.

For more information visit the NCSS website

NCSS Challenge

The NCSS Challenge is a five week competition giving high school students an opportunity to learn and experience computer programming. The Challenge is designed to cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.

For more information visit the NCSS Challenge website

Project management winter camp

Designed for students in years 10, 11 and 12, our two day intensive workshop will give you a head start in project management and show you where this dynamic field can take you.

Remember the devastating bushfires in the Blue Mountains in 2013? This winter camp is your chance to find out how the emergency services used their project management skills, deploying their crews and resources to bring the situation under control as quickly as possible, saving lives and minimizing property loss. find out more

Zero Robotics

Zero Robotics (created by MIT and the University of Sydney’s former NASA astronaut, Dr Greg Chamitoff) is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronised Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) that are aboard the International Space Station. The goal is to build critical engineering skills for students such as problem solving, design thought process, operations training, and team work.


First Robotics team - The Drop Bears

We host a high school student robotics team participating in the international FIRST Robotics Competition, called The Drop Bears. The team operates within The University of Sydney and our research division, the Australian Centre for Field Robotics.

The team meets from 6-9pm every Monday night during school term. We welcome girls and boys from years 8 through 12.

For more information visit the The Drop Bears website


STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy

The STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy brings together expertise from the University’s faculties of Education and Social Work, Science, and Engineering and Information Technologies to help build the nations STEM capacity through teacher enrichment and professional development.

For more information visit the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy website.

Computer Science for High School (CS4HS)

Google has developed partnerships with a handful of universities in Australia, including the University of Sydney, to conduct a Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) program.

The CS4HS workshop aims to increase high school teachers' knowledge and ability to promote and teach computer science and computational thinking in classrooms. The program takes a 'train the trainer' approach. The 2-3 day workshops for teachers provide training, tips, and actual classroom materials to help them teach programming and computing in schools and turn students into computational thinkers and creators.

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Careers Advisers

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