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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

When: 14–18 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.

Registrations have closed for 2018.

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Explore Engineering Winter School

When: 16–17 July
Years: 9–10

Through this two-day intensive workshop on campus you will discover more about the range of disciplines and careers available in engineering. You will experience the latest technologies while participating in hands-on activities, visiting laboratories and industry sites such as Google. Places are limited.

Apply now

Applications close on Monday 4 June.

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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 to join The Drop Bears

Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES)

Indigenous student working on robot

When: 13–19 January
Years: 10–12

The Indigenous Australian Engineering 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 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 IAES 2019 Brochure (PDF 2.25MB)

Download IAES 2019 Application Form (PDF 320KB)

Indigenous STEM Workshop

Indigenous students in a chemistry workshop

When: 8–13 July
Years: 10–11

The Indigenous STEM Workshop is a week-long residential program for Years 10 and 11 Indigenous students to strengthen their STEM subjects, showcase further study opportunities, and give insight into career prospects. The program entails study skills sessions, hands on activities, and industry site visits to showcase various careers and opportunities in engineering, medicine, science, and other STEM areas.

Applications have closed for 2018.

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 now to join MadMaker

National Computer Science School (NCSS) Programs

High school girls interacting with a touch screen table

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

Teenagers working in team

Project Management Winter Camp

When: 12–13 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 a large project management organisation to learn about projects in action. Places are limited.

Apply now

Applications close on Monday 4 June.

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 have closed for 2018.

School of Computer Science High School Fellowship Program

When: February - July 2019
Years: 9–12

This program is a unique opportunity for high school students to experience studying a first-year university subject, INFO1110: Introduction to Programming.

Run by the School of Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering & IT, this subject focuses on the foundational principles of coding and software development process, including skills of testing and debugging. It is a prerequisite for more advanced programming languages, systems programming, computer security and high-performance computing. Participants can also connect with the industry sponsors via the program.

This is an invitation-only Propel activity.