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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.

Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering

When: April 2019
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.

Registrations now closed.


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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


Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS)

When: 9–13 December 2019
Year: 11 (entering year 12 in 2020)

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 5 days living at International House (I.H.) at the University of Sydney. 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. 

Please contact Engineers Australia to learn more about Honeywell Engineering Summer School.


Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES)

Indigenous student working on robot

When: 12–18 January 2020
Years: 10–12

The Indigenous Australian Engineering School is an annual event established by Engineering Aid Australia. Open to 25 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 as well as site visits to engineering companies.

Download IAES 2020 Brochure (PDF 1MB)

Download IAES 2020 Application Form (330KB)


Indigenous STEM Workshop

Indigenous students in a chemistry workshop

When: 7-12 July 2019
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.

This is an invitation-only Propel activity.


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 in 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.

NCSS Challenge

When: Aug/Sep 2019 dates TBC
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


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Project Management Camp

When: 3-4 October 2019 
Years: 10–12

This two-day on-campus program offers an excellent opportunity for high school students to learn about project management and where this dynamic field can take them. The students will hear from one of our alumni, Sam Woods (BPM, MMgT), Manager for Business Transformation Portfolio at Westpac Group. They will also participate in interactive workshops with our academics and current university students. The program includes a site visit to Australia’s leading technology company Atlassian to learn about projects in action.

Apply now
(Applications close 9am 2 September 2019)


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STEM Girls @ Sydney

When: 2021 January 2020
Year: Entering Year 11 in 2020

This exciting two-day workshop on campus is for female 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 a panel of women who are pursuing careers across different STEM industries. You will also visit the research facilities of ANSTO and Google’s office as part of the program. The program is free for its participants.

Places are limited. Applications are open now - apply here before Thursday 14 November 2019.


Internal vision of human body

Bioengineering Innovation Outreach Challenge 2019

When: 15 April 2019
Year: 10–12

As part of this program, research mentors will support teams of four students from year 10–12 to identify a short-coming of current medical technology and apply the skills of bioengineering to design a solution to that problem.

Participants will present at the University of Sydney and hear from distinguished speakers from the university and industry. The winning teams will be awarded prizes and research opportunities.

View the Biomengineering Innovation Outreach Challenge brochure


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, 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.