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Years 9 and 10

Accelerate your learning in high school

As you begin to build your knowledge of maths, science, computing and engineering during Years 9 and 10, why not advance your skills through our exciting high school outreach programs?

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Chemical Engineering Work Experience


14 May - 18 May
30 July - 3 August

Year: 10

Our faculty offers 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 project.

Apply now

Applications close 9am Monday 19 March.

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Explore Engineering Workshop

When: Mid-July
Years: 9 and 10

Through this three-day intensive workshop on campus you will discover more about the range of disciplines and careers available in engineering. You will participate in hands-on activities and meet current engineering students. You will also be tasked with solving a real-life engineering problem and present your solutions at the end of the workshop.

Winter Camp: Applications open mid-May 2018

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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

National Computer Science School (NCSS) Programs

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Girls Programming Network (GPN)

When: Four times per year
Years: 8–10

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

Apply for the Girls Programming Network

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

Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS)

Indigenous student working on robot

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)

Student programming an Arduino board


When: 10 October – 18 November
Year: 9

This six-week online challenge aimed at Year 9 students 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. Teachers run the program from their high school.

Apply for MadMaker

Teenagers working in team

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

STEM Girls @ Sydney

When: 10-11 January 2018
Year: 9-10

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.