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Years 11 and 12

Get a head start on university

As you get closer to finishing high school and starting university, you can excel your engineering, programming and project management skills. Our high school outreach activities will place you at the head of the pack.

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First Robotics (The Drop Bears)

When: One night per week during school term
Years: 8–12

The University of Sydney hosts a high school student robotics team competing in the international First Robotics competition. The team includes students from a variety of Sydney high schools who work together to build a robot to compete in a sports-like competition. By participating, you will learn valuable skills in programming, robotics, building, project management, leadership and communications.

Apply for The Drop Bears


STEM Girls @ Sydney

When: 10-11 January 2018
Year: 11 and 12

This intensive one-day workshop on campus is for high school students who want to explore the disciplines and careers available in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and how you can apply these skills in everyday life. Participate in hands-on activities and hear from an expert panel of young women who are pursuing careers across different STEM industries.

Register for STEM Girls @ Sydney


Zero Robotics 

When: September–January 
Years: 9–12

Created by MIT and a University of Sydney former NASA astronaut, Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where teams from high schools around the world compete for the chance to control SPHERE robots aboard the International Space Station.

Applications are now closed for 2017. Applications open for 2018 in May 2018.


Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS)

When: 10–15 December
Year: 11 (entering year 12 in 2018)

Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS) aims to give NSW and ACT high school students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in everyday life.

Successful applicants will spend six days living at Dunmore Lang College.Over the week, students will attend lectures and demonstrations at five prestigious NSW universities. They will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with professional engineers employed by government, private companies, researchers and academics in a wide range of engineering disciplines. 

Learn more about Honeywell Engineering Summer School.


Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS)

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When: 14–20 January
Years: 10–12

The Indigenous Australian Engineering Sumer School is an annual event established by Engineering Aid Australia. Open to 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students entering Years 10, 11 and 12, the six-day live-in summer school gives students a taste of engineering as a university course and career. It involves hands-on and challenging activities within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, as well as site visits to engineering companies.

Download IAESS 2018 Brochure (PDF 1MB)


National Computer Science School (NCSS) Programs

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NCSS Summer School

When: 3–12 January
Years: 11–12

The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is a ten-day summer school for students going into Years 11 and 12. NCSS brings together talented young people from around Australia for an intensive course of computer programming and website development in the School of Information Technologies.

Apply for NCSS Summer School

NCSS Challenge

When: 1 August–4 September
Years: 9–12

A five-week online competition, the NCSS Challenge gives you the opportunity to learn and try out computer programming. We’ll teach you how to program as we go along, rather than expecting you to be an expert already. If you’re a seasoned coder, we have something for you too. The problems range from relatively straightforward to mind-bendingly hard.

Apply for the NCSS Challenge


Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering

When: April
Year: 11

Run by Engineers Australia, Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering is an initiative that gives Year 11 students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in everyday life. The students visit four engineering universities, go on industry site tours, and talk one-on-one with engineers at a careers expo.

Applications open early February 2018


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Project Management Winter Camp

When: Mid-July
Years: 10–12

This two-day intensive workshop offers an introduction to project management and where this dynamic field can take you. Hear about project management degrees, careers and pathways and try your hand at working on authentic case studies. The camp includes a site visit to Google to learn about projects in action.

Applications open mid-May 2018