Get a head start
It’s never too early to start thinking about your university studies. There are a number of programs, workshops and activities that you can participate in to get a head start.
Throughout the year, we invite high school students on campus to experience what it's like studying engineering, project management and IT. Our student ambassadors can also come to your school and run tailored activities with you and your classmates.
You can 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 a new prototype to assist recovery in orthopaedic patients, build a signal railway, design a prosthetic leg, program an Arduino microcontroller or learn to control a flight simulator.
24 January 2017
Come and join our intensive one day workshop exclusively for girls starting Year 9 or Year 10 in 2017 who want to explore more about the disciplines and careers available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and how you can apply these skills in everyday life.
7-8 July 2016
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.
11-13 July 2016
Students in years 9 and 10 come to campus for a 3 day intensive workshop to discover more about the range of disciplines and careers available in engineering. You can participate in hands-on activities and meet current engineers and engineering students. You will also be tasked with solving a real-life engineering problem and present your solutions at the end of the workshop.
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Created by MIT and the University of Sydney’s former NASA astronaut, Dr Greg Chamitoff, this is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES aboard the International Space Station. Finalists participate in a live competition conducted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
For more information, see our Zero Robotics page.
25-29 July or 14-18 November
The faculty offers a limited number of work experience placements for Year 10 students interested in Chemical Engineering.
Students are teamed up with either an academic or PhD student to work on a suitable project.
All places for work experience 2016 have now been filled. Please contact for information on some of our other programs you can participate in.
An extra-curricular program run by girls, for girls, this one-day workshop gives you the opportunity to develop games, learn about digital media, sound, image and video manipulation and even create smart phone applications. Tutors are a mix of University students and professional software engineers from companies like Google and Atlassian.
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A six-week online challenge aimed at Year 9 students, it teaches you 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.
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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. Participants also go on site visits and meet industry professionals.
For more information visit the NCSS website
A five week online competition, the NCSS Challenge gives 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
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 4-6.30pm every Sunday during school term. We welcome girls and boys from years 8 through 12.
Register your interest in joining the team. 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.
For more information email
For more information visit the Careers Advisers website.