Aussie Educator

Student Competitions

Throughout each year academic and other competitions and challenges are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas from Language to The Arts. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.

“Challenges”, such as the Premier’s Reading Challenges, are listed in a separate section.

For ease of presentation, competitions are listed in curriculum groups. Where specific levels are important, this is included. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .

No sporting competitions are listed. These are often of a local nature, while state based options are usually notified either through major school or sporting bodies direct to schools. The same applies to Eisteddfods.

Challenges

  • Updated ! Aeronautical Velocity Challenge
    ‘A STEM initiative focussing on addressing Australia’s shortage of scientists and engineers. Students compete in teams of up to six students to design, produce, test & evaluate their prototypes’.
    Registration runs until 8 March 2017; NSW State Finals 9 June 2017.
  • Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge
    ‘Motivates young people to learn about the brain. Created to inspire students to pursue careers in neuroscience research. A test of knowledge about important facts concerning intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke’.
  • Australian International Model Solar Challenge
    ‘Tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program’. The Tasmanian Model Solar Challenge is only one state level challenge as part of this.
  • First Lego League [Australia]
    ‘Every September, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has two parts : the Robot Game and the Project’. The Australian part of an international group found at The Challenge - FIRST LEGO League.
  • FIRST Tech Challenge
    ‘Designed for high school students to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams’. Through Macquarie University and FIRST Australia.
  • Global Cardboard Challenge
    ‘Celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination’. Resources available from the site. [USA, but done in 46 countries.]
  • New ! International Mathematical Modeling Challenge [IM2C]
    ACER. ‘A new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Operating in teams, comprising up to four students from the same school, participants must work collaboratively to solve a problem [set globally] by devising and applying an original mathematical model’. All details on the site.
    Competition runs on a period of 5 consecutive days you choose between 14 March and 7 April, 2017.
  • Updated ! Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
    ‘Targets the top 20 per cent of primary students in Years 5 and 6 [also 3 and 4 in the Challenge Stage], and secondary students in Years 7 to 10’.
    Three-week problem-solving program, Years 3-10, between March and June. Results due 23 June 2017; Enrichment Stage, 12-16 week in-depth program, Years 4-10, April to September. Results due 2 October 2017.
  • Money Stuff Challenge
    ‘Challenges students to be creative in researching and developing consumer messages using fun, interactive media and creative publicity that will appeal to their peers and quickly grab their attention. Open to NSW high school students in Years 8-10’.
  • MS Readathon
    A Reading Challenge supporting a charity. Four age groupings 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18 and Above. All details on their new site.
  • National Computer Science School Challenge
    ‘Online programming competition for high school students, run by the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney and NICTA. Unlike any other programming competition because we will teach you how to program as you compete’.
  • National History Challenge
    ‘Encourages students to use research and inquiry based learning to discover more about the past. Students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools’.
  • NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge
    ‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’
    See entry details on the above site.
  • Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge
    ‘A creative problem solving event for teams of participants from Preschool to Adult within 4 divisions. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following categories : Language Literature; Science Engineering; Social Sciences’. Operates in Queensland, New Zealand and now Western Australia.

Premier’s Reading Challenges

  • Premier’s Active April
    ‘Part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians more active, more often’.
  • Premier’s Be Active Challenge - SA
    The Challenge will run from start of Term 1 to end of Term 3. Approval of participants’ physical activity data will be from 7 July until 23 September 2017.
  • Read More in May
    Scholastic. ‘The competition is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia’. Relevant details from the site.
  • Re-imagine Learning Challenge
    ‘Open to all individuals, organisations, and partnerships from around the world who are using play or playful approaches to enrich learning’. More for staff and parents than pupils.
  • Solar Boat Challenge
    DATTA SA. ‘A new and revamped Solar Boat competition open for all schools and teachers Year 5 to Year 9 is being organised’.
  • Space Design Competitions Australia
    ‘Hosts a number of industry simulation experiences for school students. These combine elements of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM], with an emphasis on teamwork, marketing, and human relations to provide a unique set of challenges for young people’. Linked to the Australian Space Design Competition [see Science section below].
  • STEM Video Game Challenge
    ‘The Challenge is open to upper primary and secondary school students. Students are encouraged to design, build and submit an original educational video game that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] content or themes’.
    Returning in 2017. Monitor for details.
  • The Global Enterprise Challenge
    ‘An online international enterprise skills competition to be held for high school students. Plus an optional exciting simulation challenge to run online’.
    Returning in 2017. Usually runs in June. Monitor for details.
  • Updated ! The Science and Engineering Challenge
    ‘The Challenge is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level. Each day the students participate in a range of exciting hands-on activities’. The Tasmanian Science & Engineering Challenge details are found here.
    Registrations for the Tasmanian Challenge are now open. Events will be held in Hobart 29, 30 and 31 March 2017; Launcestion 3 and 4 April 2017; and Burnie 6 and 7 April 2017.
  • Updated ! UniSchools Steer Challenge
    University of Western Sydney. ‘Held annually, the UniSchools Steer competition brings together 16 high schools from across Sydney to compete as individuals and school team members in a steer-raising challenge’.
  • Victorian Schools’ Games and App Challenge
    ‘The Challenge highlights the role of the Digital Technologies, Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum areas and their contribution to building the Education State. Links can also be made to the STEM agenda and the Tech Schools initiative. ’. The competition is open to students across Victorian schools in Years 6, 8 and 10. Individuals or teams may enter the challenge. If a class is multi-age, students from that other level are welcome to participate.
  • Wombat Books Illustration Challenge 2017
    ‘Entrants must be aged between 7-18 years and school age. For students finishing Year 12 in 2016 they must submit while they are still at school. Children must have parental permission to be considered for the challenge’. All other details available from the site.

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Competitions

Language

Debating

Public Speaking

Spelling

  • Spellmasters
    ‘Any Australian school student up to Year 9 may enter. Junior division : Grade 5 & under; Senior division : Year 9 & under’.

Writing

  • Australian Writers’ Resource - Competitions
    Competitions done in Closing Date order. Not all are for students or young people, but all have a clear indication of the age range and topic/format.
  • Creative Writing Competition
    ‘Express yourself and enter the University of Adelaide Creative Writing competitions. Submit one or two pieces of work, fiction or non-fiction with a maximum of 1 500 words each’.
  • CYA Hatchlings
    ‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
    ‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.
  • Future Leaders Writing Prize
    ‘Designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Australian Year 11 and 12 students are invited to submit a piece of writing [800 to 1 000 words]. The essays can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic’.
  • Gen Z Competition
    ‘We want to know what WA’s young people have to say about the world we live in, and life in general. Entry is open to Year 7-12 students in WA schools’.
  • Gen zED!! Competition
    ‘Choose from the story options and have a go at writing your own ! Entry is open to Year 3-8 students in WA schools’.
  • New ! Get Writing Prize [University of Southern Queensland]
    ‘Are you the next Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling ? If you are a high school student in Years 7-12 with a passion for writing poetry or short stories this competition is for you ?’
    The Competition commences on Friday 10 February 2017 and closes at midnight on Friday 12 May 2017.
  • Heywire [ABC]
    ‘Open to people aged 16-22, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities’.
  • International Poetry Writing Competition [Ipswich Poetry Feast]
    ‘An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community’. All details and guidelines available from the site.
    Entries open 26 March 2017 and Close 28 July 2017.
  • Junior Authors Poetry Contest
    ‘Free International Poetry Contest Open to Young Writers Ages 9 to 21 from Every Country’. See details about age groups.
  • Updated ! Litlinks [ACTATE]
    ‘Creative writing competition open to all ACT school students in Yrs 9-10 & 11-12. All genres of writing are accepted’.
  • National Child Writes Competition
    ‘Open to all Australian primary-school aged child writers and illustrators. The judges will be looking for originality, creativity and character, as well as correct punctuation and grammar for writers and consistency of artistic skills for illustrators’.Small entry fee. All other deatils available from the site.
    It’s open now ! Unlike previous years, now it is open until we reach a certain number of entries. The ceiling entry number for each round of the competition is 500.
  • QIEU Literary Competition
    ‘Students and teachers in Queensland and Northern Territory schools are invited’.
  • Redgum Young Writers Award
    ‘Designed to discover the talent of children aged between 9 and 13 years of age. This award seeks to develop the writing skills of this particular age group and assist these children to find their unique voice through storytelling. The award can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs’.
  • The Andy Griffiths Kids Writing Competition
    ‘open to Australian primary school students. Word limit is 400 words. judged by the one and only Andy Griffiths ! Full terms and conditions are found here’.
  • The Family Law Screenwriting Competition [SBS]
    ‘Budding screenwriters should submit their very own opening scene screenplay inspired by a funny family moment for their chance to win an iPad mini and feedback from Benjamin Law. A self-directed resource guides students aged 15-20 years through the best practice for writing a TV screenplay’.
  • The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
    ‘The prize is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students. Submissions of fiction or nonfiction may be up to 3 000 words in length. Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length’. All other details on the site.
  • The Somerset Novella Writing Competition
    ‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’.
  • The Somerset National Poetry Prize
    ‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students’.
  • Tim Winton Award for Young Writers
    ‘The award is open to Western Australian school students aged five to eighteen. Submissions must be an original piece of writing, no more than 2 000 words in length and be the sole work of the entrant’. Multiple age groups.
  • What Matters ? Competition [Whitlam Institute]
    ‘A writing competition that gives Year 5 - 12 students in NSW, ACT and Tasmanian students a chance to say what matters to them in society today’.
  • Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition
    ‘Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on ANY TOPIC and in ANY STYLE. Students from ALL GRADES are welcome to enter - Kindergarten to Grade 12’.
  • WriteOn
    ‘WriteOn is an annual writing competition for NSW students in Years 1 to 6. WriteOn is designed to encourage young students to develop their writing skills in an engaging way’. BOSTES.
  • Young Writers Award
    AATE. ‘Open to all South Australian students. Free of a topic. Write poetry or prose, up to 1 000 words. Categories from Reception to Year 12’.
    Competition Closing Date : 19 May, 2017. Young Writers Launch : 18th August 2017.

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Mathematics

  • Australian Statistics Competition
    Three divisions for secondary level students across Australia. All information available on the site.
  • Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads
    Up to 30 students from an individual school comprise a team. Registration and other information from the site.
  • Australian Mathematics Competition
    ‘For students of all standards. Students are asked to solve thirty problems in 60 minutes [Years 3 to 6] or 75 minutes [Years 7 to 12]. There is an entry fee, but this is modest’.
    Closing dates for Paper version is 30 June 2017 and Online version is 20 July 2017. The Competition will be held on 27 July 2017.
  • Have Sum Fun Online
    MAWA. ‘HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia’.
    Registration is available for each of the four terms. See site for details.
  • Investigating with Mathematics
    ‘Aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. Students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in NSW are eligible to enter’.
  • Updated ! Maths Talent Quest
    MAV, Victoria. ‘All students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest’.
    Registrations open 18 April 2017, close 28 July 2017. Delivery of entries 23 August 2017.
  • Reach for the Stars
    AAMT has conducted Australia-wide activities for schools as part of National Literacy and Numeracy Week. By submitting your results, you can go into the draw to win some great prizes for your classroom. For information, contact an AAMT Affiliated Association in your state or territory’. Preschool to Year 12. Also check the Literacy and Numeracy Week pages.
  • SA School Mathematics Competition
    ‘For South Australian students in Years 6 - 13’. All other details from the site.
  • The UNSW School Mathematics Competition
    ‘Secondary school students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Two divisions : Junior, up to and including Year 10, and Senior, Years 11 and 12. Designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples’.

Other Areas

  • Ekka : Education on Show Competition
    ‘A competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students and covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum related skills and activities’.
    Entries Opened Friday 16 December 2016. Applications to enter close [Part 1] Friday 16 June 2017 at 5pm.
  • Ekka : School Garden Competition
    ‘For school students to learn and apply their gardening schools in a fun, competitive environment and win fantastic prizes for their school. Open to both primary and secondary students’.
    Entries open Monday 16 January 2017 and close Friday 23 June 2017 at 5pm.
  • Face The Challenge Australian School Crossword Competition
    Save The Bilby Fund. ‘We encourage all Australian school children to participate. The competition is Free to Enter and provides a wonderful research opportunity for students and will help to educate them about our endangered Australian wildlife’.
  • German School Film Festival [Goethe-Institut]
    Multiple age groups - Years 3 to 6, Years 7 to 9, Years 10 to 12. ‘Production of a short feature film, animation or cartoon film in German. Maximum length 4 minutes’. Entry forms and other information from the site.
  • High School Mooting Competition
    Bond University. ‘The competition is designed to challenge students to prepare, articulate and defend complex arguments in order to solve problems. More generally, it introduces the students to the courtroom environment and gives them some insight into the workings of the legal system. Entry is targeted towards Year 11 and 12 students, [however entries from Year 10 Students will be considered]’.
    Registration will be opened in January 2017, with the competition to be held in May 2017 and finals in June 2017.
  • ICAS
    ‘Independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. The most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students’. Run by Educational Assessment Australia UNSW.
    All Competition and Official Closing and Sitting Dates for 2017 competitions are found on this page.
  • Inter-school Mock Trial Competition
    Law Society of Western Australia. ‘Students enrolled in years 10, 11 and 12 and who are not older than 18 years of age as at 31 December. Schools may enter more than one team’. Western Australia.
  • Language Perfect World Championships
    ‘Join over 1 000 schools and 300 000 students from around the world to learn vocabulary in foreign languages. Anyone can participate, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never learnt a language before’.
    Registrations are now open for the event which runs from 15-25 May 2017.
  • Panda Competition
    ‘Conducted every year by the Australia China Friendship Society and is open to students from Preschools, Primary schools and High schools’.
  • Philosothon
    ‘Held in various Australian states. The rationale for the Philosothon methodology is based on empirical evidence that teaching children reasoning skills early in life greatly improves other cognitive and academic skills and greatly assists learning in general’.
  • SBS National Languages Competition
    ‘An initiative aimed to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia’. Open to children nationwide aged four to 18.

Science

  • Australian Science Olympiads
    ‘Though open to all, the exams typically benefit high achievers in science from Years 10 and 11 and those who have high aspirations and enjoy a challenge. Year 12 students are welcome to sit the exam’. 4 separate exams in areas of Science.
    Registrations close for all Science Olympiad exams on 19 July 2017. Dates for individual exams are found on the Key Dates page.
  • Australian Space Design Competition
    ‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’
  • Updated ! Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize
    ‘Aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges. Open to all Australian high school students between the ages of 15-20’.
    Applications for the 2017 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize will open soon.
  • Be Kind to Animals Week School Competition
    ‘The nationwide competition is about inspiring and empowering students to take positive action for animal welfare. All Australian primary and secondary schools are eligible to enter and submit a photo or video that demonstrates their kind deed’.
  • BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards
    ‘BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science awards. Primary or secondary school students [including homeschooled] or undertaking full-time secondary study in TAFE colleges’.
    Entry is via nomination only, through a state Science Teachers Association [STA] competition.
  • Big Science Competition
    ‘Encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills. Challenges secondary students from Australian and International schools in Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions’.
    Registrations close on 19 April 2017. Event dates 17 - 24 May 2017.
  • Chevron Focus Environment Competition
    ‘Choose one or more of the categories to focus on. Entry is open to primary and secondary students in WA schools’.
  • CREST [CSIRO]
    ‘A non-competitive awards program supporting students to design and carry out their own open-ended science investigation or technology project. Focuses on the Science Inquiry Skills content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum’. Sections for Primary and Secondary.
  • Crystal Growing Competitions
    Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.
    National and individual state and territory Dates and Information Contacts available via this page.
  • Eureka : Sleek Geeks Science Prize
    ‘The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story via a short film’. Main website is found at an Australian Museum website. Multiple Teacher resources are available here. Primary and Secondary competitions.
    Entries open 3 February 2017 and close 5 May 2017; Winners announced 30 August 2017.
  • Expedition Class
    Has a number of challenges/competitions/involvements for different levels, e.g. Year 9, Year 10, K-6. Check the site for details about each of these.
  • Gold Coast Science Competition
    ‘Aims to raise the profile of science in our community and encourages students to demonstrate their scientific abilities by entering a project into one of six categories. Registration is open to divisions from Prep to Year 12 [7 in all]’.
  • Google Science Fair
    ‘The largest global online science competition that celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere !’
    Open for submission of projects from 18 February 2017 to 18 May 2017.
  • NATA Young Scientist Award
    ‘Encourages students to look at how science impacts on people’s lives. Every school across Australia is invited to submit a science project in the competition to win cash prizes’. Primary students.
  • Updated ! Queensland Science Contest [STAQ]
    ‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.
    Register your entry online and pay $5 per individual entry before Monday, October 9 2017. Send or bring your entry to the University of Queensland on Friday, 13 or Saturday, 14 October 2017. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the University of Queensland on Saturday, 28 October 2017.
  • Robogals
    ‘A student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology’. A non-competition process.
  • Updated ! Science iQ [STAWA]
    Western Australian schools. ‘A series of separate online science competitions. ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students’. Year 5 to Year 10.
    Dates for Term 1, 2, 3 and 4 Competitions [2 rounds each term] are found here.
  • Science Victoria : Science Talent Search
    ‘Science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria’.
    Registrations open 27 February 2017 and close 29 May 2017; All entries must be received by 21 July 2017.
  • Science Talent Search [STAWA]
    ‘Aims to promote science teaching and learning through creative project work. Entries may be submitted by students from any school in Western Australia, or students under home tuition’.
  • SPECTRA
    ASTA. ‘A national science award program for students between Years 1 and 10’. Two sections - Years 1-4 and Years 5-10.
    The program is ongoing with no given deadlines.
  • STANSW Young Scientist
    ‘Students are able to submit a scientific investigation or a working model of an invention or you may be able to submit your project to both categories. Young Scientist offers students from Kindergarten to Year 12 worthwhile incentives to carry out scientific investigations or inventions. It provides teachers with valuable resources and professional learning opportunities’. New categories have been added.
    Registrations close 19 August 2017 [Models and Inventions projects] and 25 August 2017 [Scientific Investigation entries].
  • The Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest
    ‘Applying science, being creative, and having fun ! There’s also the challenge of getting your machine to achieve its task’. Open to Year 10 students in Victoria.
  • UTAS Science Investigations Awards
    ‘Students [Year 5-12] carry out a science investigation and present their findings to science/industry judges’.
    Check back here in May 2017 for links to register your project[s]. Judging will be held in Launceston on Tuesday 5 September, 2017; Burnie Thursday 7 September, 2017; and Hobart Thursday 14 September, 2017.
  • Zayed Future Energy Prize
    ‘The Prize hopes to encourage young people to learn about sustainability and clean energy from an early age. We ask schools to submit proposals for funding consideration to implement sustainability measures in their schools. Open to all high schools with students between 11-19 years old. The application must be supported by the school and its management’. .

Biology

  • Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Biology
    See details at the main entry in the Science section above.
  • Updated ! iGEM Competition
    ‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.
    Team Registrations open in February 2017.
  • Strange Nature - The Synthetic Biology Writing Competition
    ‘Are you a high school student interested in synthetic biology ? Write a maximum of 1 000 words inspired by the [above] question for your chance to win’.
  • UQ Sunflower Competition
    Students in Years 8-10 and 11-12 in Queensland. Awards for different aspects.
    Registrations close : 7 February, 2017; Planting Date 28 February, 2017; Submission Date Communicating Science 8 May 2017; Weigh-in Day 16 May 2017.

Chemistry

Physics

  • Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Physics
    See details on the main entry in the Science section above.
  • IYPT Australia
    ‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems’. Secondary students.

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Social Sciences

Economics & Business Studies

  • Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition
    ‘Both competitions will comprise of 40 multiple-choice questions. Students will be competing in two divisions : Junior Division - Year 11 and below or Senior Division - Year 12 and equivalent’. UNSW.
  • Updated ! BlueShift Business Case Competition
    ‘Open to all high schools in Australia. Teams must consist of four students in total and can include any combination of students from Year 11 and 12. Each team will be emailed a real-world written case study, and will have four weeks to submit a solution in a written report’.
    Registrations open 31 January 2017 and close 10 March 2017. Written submission due 28 April 2017.
  • Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition
    ‘Secondary students studying in Australia or New Zealand are invited to enter the competition by completing a 3 000 word plan on a creative idea for a small business’.
  • Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition
    ‘For young people aged between 15-35 years. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global programme and an online platform, which supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]’.

Geography

  • Asiawise Project
    ‘A flexible teaching program that provides a resource for teachers to use at three levels. You can use only the Asia Wise Challenge or all three sections. Separate programs for lower [Aus years 7 & 8 - NZ 8 & 9] and upper [Aus years 9 & 10 - NZ 10 & 11]’.
    Asia Wise can be used at any time from March to December. You need to register two weeks before you wish to use the program.
  • Australian Geography Competition
    ‘Challenges secondary school students to demonstrate their geographical knowledge and skills. Rewards student excellence with great prizes, including selection for Australia’s international geography teams’.
    Competition Information posted to schools 27 January 2017. Competition held 26 April to 9 May 2017.
  • Updated ! The International Geography Olympiad [iGeo]
    ‘A competition for the best 16 to 19 year old Geography students from all over the world. Four students represent each country in a series of Geography tests in [generally] a four-five day program’.
    Linked to the above competition. Held in Belgrade from 2 to 8 August 2017.

History

  • ACT Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit Prize
    ‘Creative responses may include a poem or short story piece, video/digital presentation, musical composition, photographic display, sculpture, craft or artwork. Along with the creative response, students are also required to include a rationale of no more than 500 words and a bibliography. all ACT students in years 9 or 10 in 2016 are invited to enter’.
    The Competition opened on 15 August 2016 and closes on 3 February 2017.
  • Anzac Day Schools’ Award
    ‘Open to all Australian primary and secondary schools. Schools can enter as an individual class or the whole school, with a limit of one entry per school’.
    Competition opens January 2017 and closes 26 May 2017.
  • Australian History Competition
    ‘Each competition will present 50 multiple choice questions. Questions will focus on key elements of the Australian History Curriculum - sound historical knowledge, historical skills and historical understandings’. Year 10 and Year 8 Competition levels.
    Entries close on 2 April 2017; Competition date is 24 May 2017.
  • HTAV Historical Fiction Competition
    ‘Inspire your Year 5-10 students to create stories based on historical events and people’. Three levels - Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8 and Years 9 and 10. Victoria.
    Entries open 13 February 2017 and close 7 September 2017.
  • Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize
    ‘An annual competition held to select Year 9 or 10 students [Victoria] for an overseas study tour of sites where Australians have served in war, centred on Gallipoli or the Western Front’.
  • Remembrance Day Poster Competition
    ‘Victorian Primary Schools are invited to show off their creative skills and submit their design for the annual Shrine’s Remembrance Day poster’.
  • The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize
    ‘Open to all students currently in Year 9 in government and non-government schools in Tasmania, as well as home-schooled students at the same year levels. The winners will travel to Turkey, Belgium and France for approximately 12 nights [incorporating Anzac Day]’.
  • The Premier’s Anzac Prize [Qld]
    ‘Gives 50 Queensland high school students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition first-hand. Open to all eligible Year 8-12 Queensland high school students’.
    The 2018 Premier’s Anzac Prize will open in April 2017.
  • Updated ! Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize [SA]
    ‘Provides the opportunity or eight students and two teachers to win a fully-funded two-week study tour of Europe’s World War I battlegrounds. Open to all Year 9 and 10 students in South Australia’.
    Three copies of each entry to be received no later than Friday, 19 May 2017 at 5 pm.
  • The Simpson Prize
    ‘A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students’. Details are on the site.

Technology

  • ATOM Awards
    Find all the categories for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu.
    Competition Closing Date : Midday AEST, Friday 2 June 2017.
  • Aurecon - Bridge Building Competition
    Open to students in Years 8 and 9 [in Australia]. Separate information on the site for a number of areas around Australia and New Zealand.
    Registrations are now closed.
  • Australian Informatics Olympiad
    ‘A national computer programming competition held annually in early September. Students write short computer programs to solve three problems that vary in difficulty. There are two papers : Intermediate for students up to Year 10, and Senior for students up to Year 12’.
    Entries close 23 August 2017. Competition held 31 August 2017.
  • Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge
    ‘An international initiative whose goal is to promote computational thinking for teachers and students ages 8-17 / school years 3-12]. Bebras is aligned with and supports curricula across Australia. Bebras Australia is run by NICTA under the Digital Careers program’.
  • Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]
    Formerly the Australian Informatics Competition [AIC]. ‘A one-hour problem-solving competition which seeks to identify computer programming potential. There are four papers : Upper Primary, Years 5-6; Junior, Years 7-8; Intermediate, Years 9-10; Senior, Years 11-12’.
    Entries close for Paper version on 24 February 2017, Online version on 14 March and competition is held on 21 March 2017.
  • Crimson App Pitch
    ‘An app pitch competition for budding entrepreneurs in Year 8 - Year 12 across Australia. The winner of the Crimson App Pitch Competition will secure $3 000 worth of seed funding, to help develop their idea into a reality’.
  • EngQuest
    ‘An initiative of Engineers Australia, delivered free of charge to Australian schools. Lower primary, primary and middle years students work, applying their problem-solving skills to designing, constructing and unravelling exciting engineering projects’.
    Registrations open. Details on site.
  • F1 in Schools [REA Foundation]
    ‘The world’s largest secondary school technology program. Involves over nine million students from 17 000 schools in 31 nations’.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition
    ‘An FRC team consists of high school students typically aged 14-18. These students have to work together to design, build, program and drive robots’.
  • FlickerUp
    ‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or filmmakers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.
  • Google Code-in
    ‘For pre-university students [e.g., high school and secondary school students ages 13-17] with the goal of encouraging young people to participate in open source’.
  • Updated ! Imagine Cup
    ‘The world’s premier student technology competition’. Multiple options. Students must be at least 16 years of age and satisfy a number of other requirements. Individual and team competitions.
    All details available from the site.
  • OzCLO - Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad
    ‘Designed for high school students from Year 9 to Year 12. It challenges them to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages’.
  • RoboCupJunior Australia
    ‘A project-oriented educational initiative. Teams work in a co-operative and supportive environment in three distinct challenges : Dance, Rescue and Soccer. Primary and secondary students’.
  • Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero
    ‘Teams consist of up to 5 young women in primary or secondary school [ages 10-18, although younger students with the maturity necessary to complete the program are encouraged to participate]’.
  • Updated ! The Victorian Schools Games and App Challenge [Coding Challenge]
    ‘Open to students in Victorian primary and secondary schools, although the challenge is best suited to primary school children in Year 2 and above. Offers students the chance to learn how to code - or to build on their existing coding skills’.
  • VEX Robotics Australian Competition
    ‘The VEX Robotics Competition is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students [ages 11-18]’. The VEX IQ Robotics Competition ‘is a brand new STEM program for elementary and middle school students [ages 8-14]’.
  • Updated ! Wood Show Challenge
    ‘The Sydney Timber and Working with Wood Show will once again play host to this years Stage 5 Wood Show Challenge. The challenge is open to teams of 4 students from Year 9 and Year 10’.
  • Wool4School Student Design Competition
    ‘Open to students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Wool4School sets the challenge to design an original outfit made from one of the world’s most innovative and natural fibres - Australian Merino wool’.
    Entries from all age groups must be submitted by 26 July 2017.
  • WorldSkills Australia
    ‘Australia’s Largest Trade and Skill Competition ! Competitions [are] held on a regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially’.
    The next round of WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions will recommence in 2017.
  • Young ICT Explorers
    ‘The competition’s alignment with the school curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice’.
    Registration Deadline 4 June 2017. Project Report Submission Deadlines 23rd June in Qld., 30th June in NSW, VIC, Tasmania, ACT, WA and SA.

The Arts

  • Updated ! ANZANG Nature Photographer
    Junior section where ‘ the entrant must be under 18 years of age at the date of close of entries. Entries must fit the criteria of any of the other nine categories’. Categories available on the site.
    Entrants may only enter photographs in the Competition [Entries] between 12:00pm on Wednesday 11 January 2017 and 5:00pm on Friday 24 February 2017.
  • Updated ! CinéfestOZ Short Film Competition
    ‘Encourages South West [WA] students to explore the medium of film and use multi-media formats for production, awareness, marketing and audience reach. Participants need to be 13-18 years old and attending secondary school’.
    Competition opened 1 December 2016 and closes 30 June 2017. Check Entry Pack for all details.
  • New ! Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes
    Open to students in Primary schools and Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 in secondary schools. It ‘invites photographers to interpret “Contemporary Life in Australia” with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life’.
  • Schools Photographic Competition
    Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. ‘Open to students of high schools and colleges in Canberra and Queanbeyan. Entries must be submitted through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens’.
  • Updated ! Screen It
    ACMI. An ‘epic moving image competition for Primary and Secondary school students. Screen It is designed to educate, encourage and foster the next generation of young moving image makers’.
  • Updated ! Screenshot Competition
    ‘Offers students an opportunity to develop their photographic skills and gain recognition for their efforts’. Three school levels for entry. Art Gallery of NSW.
  • Wakakirri
    ‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. Sections on site for students [primary & secondary] and teachers.

Art

  • Angelico Exhibition
    Art competition and exhibition for secondary students in Catholic schools in Western Australia.
  • OzKids Art Awards
    ‘Open to Australian primary and secondary school students and free to enter. Children can choose to enter into any one of the following categories : drawing, painting, photography or computer art and will be judged according to 3 different age groups’.
    Entries close 6 October, 2017.
  • New ! The Black Swan Prize
    ‘Students in Years 7-12 are invited to paint a portrait of a well known Australian; an Australian they respect/admire; or undertake a self portrait’.

Music

  • ACMF National Songwriting Competition
    ‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’.
  • Artology - Fanfare Competition
    ‘The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter write a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online’.
  • Australian Singing Competition
    ‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students.
  • Music : Count Us In
    ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free’.
  • Triple J Unearthed High Competition
    ‘We’re looking for the BEST act in high school’. At least 50% of the group/act must be in high school. Details on site.

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