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

  • 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’. New ! Registration form available here.
    Regional Finals to be completed by 18 May 2018. National Finals will be held at University of Wollongong, 7 and 8 June 2018.
  • 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’.
    Round 1 was held during Brain Awareness Week [13-17 March 2018]. Details on Rounds 2 and 3 are available from the site.
  • 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.
    Australian Challenge is held in November after their involvement is confirmed in October. The Tasmanian Challenge normally take place in early December. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • EV Challenge
    ‘Australia’s longest running electric motorsport competition, first established in 2001. The aim of the event is to have teams - mainly from high schools - design, build, test and construct a small single seat electric vehicle, powered by a limited battery capacity and built to a limited budget’. Based in Western Australia. Contact details available on the site.
    The Challenge is usually run in early November each year. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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.
    Registration opens in June with Regional events in November and the National event in December. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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.
    The Tournament is held in December each year. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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.]
    Cardboard Challenges can take place any time of year in any context. Day of Play usually held in October.
    The event is usually held during September or October. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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.
    Register for your free information pack. Event for 2018 is now completed.
  • Kronosaurus Korner School Challenge
    ‘This year’s Challenge is a 2-part challenge. The task in each part is designed to appeal to a range of students. A wide range of outcomes are possible and anticipated. That is why the same challenge is to be presented to Junior [Gr 5-6], Intermediate [Gr 7] and Senior [Gr 8-9] teams. You may start the Challenge whenever you wish. Teams must submit their work to you no more than one month after starting the Challenge’.
    You may start the Challenge whenever you wish. The 2018 Challenge date completion is not finalised at this time though this should be in November. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Entry opened in February. The Challenge is held during a consecutive 4-week period between March and June. Enrichment is a 12-16 week program held flexibly between April and September. The third section, the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad will be held on Thursday 13 September 2018. Note the need for a dual registration process for this section. Results in October.
  • MS Readathon
    A Reading Challenge supporting a charity. Four age groupings 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18 and Above. All details on their site.
    Registrations usually open in June. Readathon reading period runs throughout August. Sponsorship money usually due by 31 October. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • National Computer Science School Challenge
    ‘Online programming Challenge 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’. Sign up your class here !
    The Challenge begins on 30 July 2018 and runs for about 5 weeks. The deadline for submitting problems each week is Sunday night. Other details from the site.
  • 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’.
    You can register and start now. The Challenge closes in late August 2018. Other details from the site.
  • NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge
    ‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’.
    Commences in Term 2 and concludes at the end of Term 3, 2018 covering 10 weeks of activity. See all details on the above site. Registration opened at the beginning of Term 1.
  • 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.
    Registrations close 8 June 2018. Team nominations close 25 July 2018. Challenge opens 16 July 2018. Regional events held 25-26 August 2018. State and National Finals held on 13-14 October 2018.

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’. Download an app via the “About” page on the site.
    Registrations opened late January and close the end of April. Activities held throughout April. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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 6 July until 28 September 2018. Data entry must be completed by Friday 28 September 2018.
  • Readers Cup
    ‘Readers Cup is organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. It is a state wide competition for young readers’.
    Schools and public libraries may run their own Readers Cup competitions in Term 1 to assist in the selection of a team. Registrations opened in March 2018. Regional competitions are held toward the end of Term 2. Winning teams from each region will compete at the Readers Cup State Finals to be held in September 2018. Finals are normally held during the Brisbane Writers’ Festival.
  • Read More in May
    Scholastic. ‘The Challenge is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia’.
    Scroll down the page to get details.
    Entry form available from the site. Runs from 1 to 31 May 2018. Entries close on 31 May 2018.
  • 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 Competitions [see Science section below].
    Registration deadline is usually in June with a final submission date in early October. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Registration opened in late February and close 27 April 2018. Submissions accepted from 23 July to 3 August 2018. Winners announced 3 October 2018.
  • The Quest [Brainways]
    ‘Each year, inspired by a different overarching theme, the Quest incorporates the main disciplines of Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities in a journey of discovery. The Quest Preliminary Challenge is offered over two days. In partnership with a number of universities, the Quest Challenge is offered in Australia and Internationally. The first step is to nominate your school and be endorsed by a teacher at the school’.
    Registration details for various regions are found via the site.
  • 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’.
    Find details for contacting re attendance on the site at Events/Coming to an event. Challenge days for different areas around Australia are found on the Events page. National Final will be held on Friday 26 October 2018 in Darwin, Northern Territory.
  • The Tasmanian Science & Engineering Challenge
    ‘The Science and Engineering Challenge is a set of fun and competitive hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology’.
    Registrations are now open. Events will be held in Hobart 23, 24 and 25 May 2018; Launceston 31 May and 1 June 2018; and Burnie 29 May 2017. The Super Challenge will be held on Tuesday 5 June 2018 in Launceston.
  • 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 Challenge 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.
    Register your interest via the site. Getting Started provides all details. Submissions need to be made during early October. Students who have been shortlisted will be invited to attend the Victorian Education in Games Conference in late October 2018. Exact dates to be provided when known.
  • Wombat Books Illustration Challenge 2017
    ‘Entrants must be aged between 7-18 years and school age. For students finishing Year 12 in 2017 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.
    Suggested dates : Challenge opened in July 2017; Entries closed at the end of February 2018. Monitor for the starting time of the next challenge.

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Competitions

Language

Debating

  • New ! Alan Marshall Short Story Award
    ‘The award celebrates the art of writing and honours the life and work of Australian literary icon, Alan Marshall’. An Open competition, Australia wide [entry fee] and a Local competition, for people who live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik [entry is free]. Entrants must be 18+ at time of entry.
    Entries are now open and will close 5pm, 30 April 2018.
  • ACT Debating Union
    ‘Debating competitions for school students in the Canberra region’. Select “Competitions” from the main menu.
    Registration closed in late February. Six annual competitions for students in Years 5 to 12. The first three competitions run from March to June. The second three competitions run from August to October. Check calendar for exact dates.
  • Debaters Association of Victoria - Schools
    ‘Competitions for schools across Victoria. Training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators’. Primary, Junior, Secondary, Regional.
    Your registration pack was emailed during the first fortnight of the school year. Regional dates are found here.
  • Debating - NSW
    ‘In addition to the Premier’s Debating Challenge [multiple levels]. The Arts Unit runs a number of other programs to provide opportunities for exceptional debaters in different age groups. These include the Primary Schools State Debating Championships involving teams of students in Years 5 & 6; the Junior State Debating Championships for students in Years 9 & 10; and the Combined High Schools Debating, for government school students in Years 11 & 12, competing in a series of debates against representative teams drawn from non-government schools’.
    Registrations closed in mid and late February. Event details from the site.
  • Queensland Debating Union
    Check the “Competitions” link to find both the Junior Secondary Competition ; Primary School Competition while all Brisbane Secondary Schools information, including dates, is found here.
    Secondary School Entries closed 2 February 2018. All other 2018 Dates are found here. Cut Off Day for Junior Secondary and Primary School Entries is 18 May 2018. Competition Draw and Topics released to all participating schools from these two groups on 1 June 2018.
  • Schools’ Competition Information [SADA]
    The UniSA SADA Schools’ Competition. 5 competitions from Junior to Senior.
    Entries for 2018 have now opened. Other details from the site.
  • Schools’ Competitions [TDU].
    Select “Competition” from the top menu. ‘Open to all secondary schools in southern Tasmania. Divided into six age groups’. The ‘Parliamentary Shield draws together the best debaters from public, independent and private schools around Tasmania’.
    Registration closed on 2 March and the competition began on 14 March 2018.

Public Speaking

  • Updated ! Debaters Association of Victoria - Junior Public Speaking Competition
    ‘Every year the DAV runs a state-wide Junior Public Speaking Competition for students in Years 7 - 9’.
    Registration is due by 5pm, Friday 20th April 2018. Check the page for dates associated with specific venues [May and June].
  • Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award
    Training/competition for speakers in the 12-14 age group. Topics based on Australian history. This is the NSW site.
    Entries had to be completed by 22 March 2018. Other details from the site.
  • Plain English Speaking Award
    ‘The award aims to encourage and maintain the best use of clear effective spoken English’. All details on the site. Often run in each state by the Government Education Department.
    Closing date for Regional Finals is early in May. Finals run from May to June. State Final in July and National Final in August. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Public Speaking
    Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Includes the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition [government primary schools.
    Entries are now open and close on 23 March 2018.], The Plain English Speaking Award
    Senior secondary students; all NSW schools; and the LJPSA [students aged 12-14 years, all schools, see above].
    Entries closed on 22 March 2018. Other details from the site.
  • Voice of Youth
    ‘Public Speaking Competition for Secondary School Students’. Run by Rostrum.
    Competition dates and entry requirements vary from state to state - refer to individual state information pages for more detail.

Spelling

  • Spellmasters
    ‘Any Australian school student up to Year 9 may enter. Junior division : Grade 5 & under; Senior division : Year 9 & under’.
    Competition will not be run in 2018. Monitor for information regarding 2019.
  • The Premier’s Spelling Bee [NSW]
    Open to Primary school students.
    School registrations open on 1 May 2018 and close on 6 July 2018. Wordlists will become available when entries open. Deadline for Regional Finalist names is 10 August 2018. Regional Finals held 3-14 September 2018. State Finals 2 November 2018.

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.
    Competitions listed in months corresponding to closing dates.
  • Black Cockatoo Art and Story Competition
    ‘WHO ? Aboriginal youth aged 10-20 from rural or remote locations in Australia’.
    The competitions opens in November. There is an Early Bird Draw in December and it closes in mid-February of the following year [2019].
  • CKT’s Author Competition
    ‘Your submission must be suited for the 3-12 year age market’. Open to all people.
    Suggested entry opening date August and closing date October 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • CYA Hatchlings
    ‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.
    Entries opened in January and normally close at the end of April. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
    ‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.
    Entries accepted from March to June, results announced in September. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • FAW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition
    For Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’. Other details available from the site.
    Registration forms from the site. Closing date appears to be 31 August 2018. Winners announced in November.
  • FAW Tasmania 2018 Nairda Lyne Award
    ‘For an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years’.
    Entries closed on 31 March 2018. Winner announced at the FAW August meeting..
  • 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’.
    Submission closing date is 31 May 2018. All submissions to be sent electronically.
  • GC O’Donnell Essay prize 2017
    ‘A prize of $3 500 will be awarded to the author of an essay displaying original thinking on a topic of the author’s choice regarding copyright and the protection of the interests of authors. The competition is open to any interested persons including authors, lawyers and students’. All details can be found at this link - GC O'Donnell Prize. Biennial competition.
    Next competition 2019. Monitor for updates late in 2018.
  • 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’.
    Dates for 2018 have yet to be finalised and displayed. Entries usually close in September and best entries are published in October. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Get Writing Prize [University of Southern Queensland]
    ‘Are you the next Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling ? If you are an Australian high school student in Years 7-12 with a passion for writing poetry or short stories this competition is for you ?’
    Entries opened on 19 February and close on 15 June 2018.
  • Heywire [ABC]
    ‘Open to people aged 16-22, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities’.
    Heywire starts taking entries for the 2018 competition from February 2018. Submit entries by 16 September 2018. Other details from the site.
  • 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.
    Opening date is usually late March and closing date usually in late July. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Poetry Competition
    ‘Open to Australian residents and citizens only’. There is a youth section which is free to enter. This has a line count of 50 lines of poetry.
    Entries close 5.00pm, 21 September 2018. Other details from the site.
  • Laura Literary Awards
    There are both Poetry and Prose sections with various age levels. Run by a group in South Australia. All details on the entry form.
    2018 Entry Form available from the site. Closing date is 13 April 2018. Winners announced 23 June 2018.
  • 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 details available from the site.
    Unlike earlier years, it is open until we reach a certain number of entries. Round One closes at the end of November in the current year. All other details from the site.
  • New ! Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award
    ‘Ekphrasis [Ek-fra-sis] is a genre of poetry that explores works of art and seeks to “get inside” its visual subject’. Three competitions. Open for Poets in Australia [entry fee], Local [for Poets who live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik. Entry is free] and Youth [aged 11-18. Entry is free]. See site for details about the exact requirements linked to the award.
    Entries are now open and close at 5pm on 30 April 2018.
  • OzKids Literature Program
    Covers all year levels [3 sections]. ‘This is your chance to have your work assessed by our panel of authors and published in our quarterly magazine’.
    Entries close 5 October 2018.
  • QIEU Literary Competition
    ‘This year, our union is pleased to announce the introduction of Year 5 into the Section D category. The competition is now open to entrants from Years 5-12 students as well as teachers in Queensland state and independent schools and Northern Territory independent schools. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site.
    Entries close Friday, 27 July 2018 with awards presented in Wednesday, 17 October 2017.
  • 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’.
    A short list for the current award were announced on 19 February 2018. The winner was announced on 7 March 2018. The next competition will open in May 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Spread The Word [Write4Fun]
    ‘There is no theme. 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’.
    Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Entries usually open in July and close at the beginning of October. The winner is announced at the end of November. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
    ‘The prize is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students. Submissions of fiction or non-fiction may be up to 3 000 words in length. Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length’. Details on the site.
    Submissions will open in April 2018. These run until June with the prize awarded at the end of August. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • The Somerset Novella Writing Competition
    ‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’.
    Entries closed in December 2017. New competition information will be found on the site once this round has been completed.
  • The Somerset National Poetry Prize
    ‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students’.
    Entries open at the end of July and close in early December of 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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.
    An online entry form will be available from early June. Entries close approximately three weeks later. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Updated ! 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’.
    Entries close 11 May 2018. Award ceremony held later in the year [Exact date when this is advised].
  • Write a Book in a Day
    Write a Book in a Day is a unique, creative and challenging team competition for writers of all ages. Teams of up to 10 have just 12 hours to complete a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story’.
    Registration opens 1 May 2018. Writing dates are 1 June - 31 August 2018. Results are made available in early November 2018.
  • 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’.
    Entries for this year’s competition closed on 31 March 2018.
  • 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’. NESA.
    Details regarding dates have still to be finalised. Entries usually close in the second half of August. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Entries close Friday 18th May 2018. Young Writers Launch on 17th August 2018.

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Mathematics

  • AoCMM - Math Modeling Competition
    ‘AoCMM is a maths modeling competition held each year. Students under 21 from any countries can compete online in teams of up to four individuals. The team will be given 14 days to research on two real world problems. Teams will be given specific topics to conduct independent research which they’ll present in the form of an organised research paper. Last year, 118 teams from 24 different countries participated. Register now for this year’s competition’.
    Competition runs from late September to early October 2018 [over approximately two weeks].
  • Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads
    Up to 30 students from an individual school comprise a team. Registration and other information from the site.
    Registration is now open. Competition dates are 23 May, 13 June, 25th July, 15th August, 12 September 2018.
  • 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’. Two modes : online and pen/paper.
    Registrations opened in February 2018. Competition will be held on Thursday 9 August 2018.
  • Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]
    Four divisions for students across Australia, beginning with Upper Primary. Two modes : online and pen/paper. More information available on the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • Education Perfect - Maths World Championships
    One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.
    Registration done here. The Maths Championship will be held on the 12-19 June 2018. Other dates when these are advised.
  • Have Sum Fun Online
    MAWA. ‘HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia’.
    2018 Quiz Dates : Term 1 [Yrs 5-6] now completed; Term 2 [Yrs 5-10] 14 May - 1 June; Term 3 [Yrs 3-10] 6 - 24 August; Term 4 [Yrs 7-10] 22 October - 9 November.
  • IM2C International Mathematical Modeling Challenge
    The Australian Challenge. ‘The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge is a new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Constrained to a period of five consecutive days, teams unpack the given problem, hypothesise, test, and develop a working solution, before preparing and submitting a report on their solution to the Australian judging panel’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Registration closes in June, submissions are made in July and awards given in September. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • MAT Problem Solving Competition
    ‘The event consists of a set of mathematical problems which aim to test the student’s logic. There are normally 12 questions for each of the three divisions [Junior - Years 7 & 8; Intermediate - Years 9 & 10; Senior - Years 11 & 12]’.
    Event was held on 22 March 2018. Results, Certificates and Prizes will be announced in Term 2 2018.
  • Maths Talent Quest
    MAV, Victoria. ‘All students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest’.
    Registrations open 18 April and close 23 July 2018. Delivery of entries 22 August with judging 23 August 2018. Award Ceremony 18 October 2018.
  • Primary School Mathematics Competition
    ‘With our support, Year 5 and Year 6 students from across regional NSW have the opportunity to test their numeracy and problem-solving skills in one of Australia’s longest running annual mathematics competitions’.
    Closing date for entries in 2018 is mid-May; competition is held in the second half of August; results are provided in October and awards are presented in November. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • SA School Mathematics Competition
    ‘For South Australian students in Years 6 - 12’. All other details from the site.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • School Mathematics Competition : The University of Melbourne
    ‘The competition is of a demanding standard, designed to identify real mathematical talent. The competition is separated into three divisions : Junior Division - Students in years 7 and 8; Intermediate Division - Students in years 9 and 10; Senior Division - Students in years 11 and 12’.
    Student registrations and payments due by 27 April 2018; Exam papers emailed 30 April 2018; Competition exam held on 2 May 2018; results notified in early to mid-August; Awards ceremony 1 October 2018..
  • Tri-Nations Challenge [Mathletics] 2018
    ‘The Tri-Nations is a fun, free online maths competition contested by schools from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Challenge is open to students from Kindergarten to Year 10, with engaging activities appropriate for all year levels. The competition runs for one week’.
    This takes place over one week in the second half of August. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Entry packs sent in March to all schools. Entries Close mid-May 2018. Competition will be held in June 2018. Prize Presentation Ceremony in September 2018.

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Other Areas

  • Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition
    ‘At least 10 young women will win a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ prize to Canberra to meet inspiring politicians and CEOs, attend exclusive events, tour Parliament, receive an leadership and public speaking training and so much more ’. Years 10-12. Note the Eligibility Criteria.
    The Competition has previously opened in the second half of July and closes in early September. Winners are announced in late October. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Decathlon 2018
    ‘The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines. It is open to students from Years 5 to 11’. There are local and state competitions as well as the national one.
    Regional and state da Vinci Decathlon events will be held in the listed locations in 2018. Dates are indicated but are still to be confirmed. The National Decathlon will be held on 30 June and 1 July 2018 at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, Sydney.
  • 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 in December last; Applications close mid-June; Submission of class entries mid-July; Delivery of these at the end of July; Judging at beginning of August 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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 opened mid-January 2018 and close late June 2018. Delivery of entries is early August with judging several days later. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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.
    Entries close in August [SA, WA] and September [other states/territories]. Awards are made in September [SA, WA] and October [other states/territories], 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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]’.
    Registrations are currently open. Preliminary rounds will be held from Tuesday, 8 May to Friday, 18 May 2018 and will take place on the Bond University campus on the Gold Coast. The National Grand Final will be held on Saturday, 2 June 2018.
  • 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 2018 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.
    Registrations closed in February and Rounds 1-3 began on 6 March 2018. Rounds 4-7 begin on 30 July 2018.
  • Kompetisi Siswa [an Indonesian Writing Competition]
    ‘Kompetisi Siswa is an annual Indonesian writing competition for NSW schools. The competition is open to all students of Indonesian in NSW, from Kindergarten to Year 10. Each Stage is given a different topic and format for submitting entries. Entries are coordinated by the Indonesian teacher’.
    Entry form on the site. Closing date is late in September 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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 21-31 May 2018.
  • New ! One More Page
    linked with a children’s ‘book podcast called ‘One More Page’. It’s all about kids' books with author interviews, book reviews and more. Every fortnight we have a competition which includes prize giveaways ’.
    A new competition is offered every fortnight.
  • Panda Competition
    ‘Conducted every year by the Australia China Friendship Society and is open to students from Preschools, Primary schools and High schools’ in the ACT and Queanbeyan.
    The topic of the competition should have been available in February 2018. Closing date for all entries is usually late September. Exact dates will be added when these are advised.
  • 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. Cost covers registration, accommodation and food over the two/three days’.
    Invitations now available from the site. The 2018 Australasian Philosothon to be held at St Peters College Adelaide from 2-4 September 2018.
  • 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.
    Entries open late July and close at the beginning of September. Winners will be notified in September. Awards are made in October. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • TOM - Tournament of Minds
    ‘Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. in 2018 Australia and New Zealand will have brand new challenges for STEM and The Arts. You will need to create an account in order to use the portal for School Registration, Team Nominations and to access other tournament resources’.
    Registrations are now open for 2018. State Branches run challenges for each state. Go to this page for all details including dates for each of these. The International Final will be held on 13 October 2018 in Darwin..

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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.
    Log in to register for a competition in 2018. Dates for individual exams are found on the Key Dates page.
  • Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Earth and Environmental Science
    See details at the main entry in the Science section above. Event date is 10 August 2018. Other dates as these are advised.
  • Australian Space Design Competition
    ‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’ See details in the Challenges section above.
    Registration deadline is usually in June with a final submission date in early October. ASDC Finals are normally held in the following January with the International Final held in July of the following year. Exact dates will be provided once these are known.
  • 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 are now open. Entries closed 11 March 2018. Shortlisted students did presentations 26-30 March 2018. Winner notified 9 April 2018. Award Presentation 9 May 2018. Australian winner to participate in the International SJWP competition 25-30 August 2018 [Stockholm, Sweden].
  • 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. Contact the relevant association for details.
  • 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 2 May 2018. Event dates [online or pen/paper] 9-16 May 2018.
  • 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.
    Registration through the site. Once registered, materials are sent to you. All relevant details available from the site.
  • 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. Held from Term 2 on. Check for exact dates from this page for each state/territory.
  • Education Perfect - Science World Championships
    One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.
    Registration done here. The Science Championship will be held on the 13-20 August 2018. Other dates when these are advised.
  • 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 opened in February and close 4 May 2018. Winners announced 29 August 2018.
  • 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.
    A great way for educators to stay in touch is to sign up for regular email updates.
  • Gold Coast Science Competition [Science on the GO]
    ‘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]’.
    Entries normally open in July and close in mid to late August. The competition has been held at the end of August. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Google Science Fair
    ‘The largest global online science competition that celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere !’
    Google Science Fair launch was 18 February 2018. Submissions deadline is 18 May 2018. Regional Finalists announced 2 July 2018. Finalists announced 4 August 2018. Final Awards Ceremony September 2018.
  • Junior Space Design Competition
    ‘Designed for aspiring young engineers and scientists, who want to learn about the basic of futuristic space settlement design ! Teams of up to 4 develop a marketing brief for the space settlement scenario’. See details in the Challenges section above.
    Registration deadline is usually in June with a final submission date in early October. The JSDC Presentation Event [UQ, St Lucia] usually occurs in the second half of November. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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.
    Entries usually close in the latter part of September. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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 before early October, 2018. Send or bring your entry to the University of Queensland approximately 4-5 days later. The Awards Ceremony to be held at the University of Queensland toward the end of October 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Robogals
    ‘A student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology’. A non-competition process. Frequently Asked Questions provides further details.
  • Science Investigation Awards [University of Tasmania]
    ‘Students [Year 5-12] carry out a science investigation and present their findings to science/industry judges. Judging days are held on Cradle Coast, Launceston and Hobart campuses in August-September each year. The Science Investigation Awards include the categories : Physical Sciences, Health , Engineering, Agricultural Science, and Environment’.
    Registration closes on 21 August 2018. Three events are held across Tasmania 5-14 September 2018. Awards ceremonies for each are held on the same dates as the events.
  • Science iQ [STAWA]
    Western Australian schools. ‘A series of separate online science competitions. ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students’. Years 5 to 9.
    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 opened 26 February and close 28 May 2018. Judging Day 4 August 2018. Exhibition and Presentation Day 29 October 2018.
  • 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’.
    School Registrations open March to June. Student Registrations open June to July. Judging occurs in August. Presentation in September. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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.
    Project entry form now available from the site. Registrations close mid-August [Models and Inventions projects] and later in August [Scientific Investigation entries]. Judging follows then an Awards Presentation at the beginning of November. Exact dates when these are advised..
  • 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.
    Registration usually open in mid-March. Tasks and teams are then announced. Judging day is mid-August followed immediately by a display of the creations. Exact dates as they are advised.
  • 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’.
    Entries usually open in early March and close in early July. Winners selected at the end of October. Exact dates when these are advised.

Biology

  • Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Biology
    See details at the main entry in the Science section above. Event date is 13 August 2018. Other dates as these are advised.
  • iGEM Competition
    ‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.
    Team registrations opened in February and closed 31 March 2018. Late entriesd available throughout April 2018. Check the Calendar for details of items of an extensive range of dates across the remainder of the year..
  • UQ Sunflower Competition
    Students in Years 8-10 and 11-12 in Queensland. Awards for different aspects.
    Registrations closed 9 February 2018. Planting date was 23 February 2018. Submission date for Communicating Science entries 8 May 2018 [if you would like it displayed at the Weigh-in Day]. Alternatively, the final date for submission is Tuesday 22 May 2018. Weigh-in Day 15 May 2018.

Chemistry

  • Australian National Chemistry Quiz
    ‘Provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry’. Secondary students.
    Registrations opened 5 March 2018. Closing date for registration is 8 June 2018. Event date is 2 August 2018.
  • Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Chemistry
    See more details on the main entry in the Science section above. Event date is 8 August 2018. Other dates as these are advised.
  • RACI Titration Competition
    ‘Designed to encourage those students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their skills and to reward those who attain a high level of proficiency. All secondary schools are invited to compete in their local state-based competition’.
    Dates and Contacts are available from the above site for competing states. Select your own state for exact dates and contacts.

Physics

  • Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Physics
    See more details on the main entry in the Science section above. Event date is 15 August 2018. Other dates as these are advised.
  • IYPT Australia
    ‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems’. Secondary students.
    Registration due early October. Australian tournament held early December. Exact dates when these are advised as well as other details.

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Social Science

Economics & Business Studies

  • Australian Economics and Business Studies Competitions
    ‘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.
    Entries had to be received before Saturday, 31st of March 2018 for both Competitions. 10 May 2018 for the Economics Competition and 17 May 2018 for the Business Studies competition. Competitions marked in June and schools receive results in August.
  • 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 opened 24 January and closed 2 March 2018. Case released 5 March. Written submission due 23 April 2018. Finalists announced 3 May and Champions Round 19 May 2018.
  • 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’.
    Entries normally close the beginning of September. The winner is announced in mid-October. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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]’. The winner is announced in mid-October.
    Entries opened in mid-March. They close at the end of July 2018. Finalists announce at the beginning of September and Winners announced in the second half of October 2018. Exact dates as they are advised.

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. Register online or by email.
  • 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’.
    Online entry opened 22 January and email entry available through the site. Entry deadline and payment was 21 March 2018. Competition in schools 17-31 May 2018. Answer Sheets to be received by the Competition Office by 13 June 2018. Prize winners notified by mid-June. International Geography Olympiad runs from 31 July to 6 August 2018.
  • 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 Quebec City, Canada, from July 31 to August 6, 2018.

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’.
    Competition has been open for 2018 since November 2017. Competition closed Friday 9 February 2018. Monitor for the next competition.
  • 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’.
    Opening date was January 2018 and the closing date is 25 May 2018..
  • 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 opened for the beginning of school. Entries closed 31 March 2018. Competition date is 23 May 2018. Student results and certificates will be sent out before the end of July.
  • Beersheba 100th Anniversary Art Competition
    ‘The competition is open to Australian, New Zealand or Israeli citizens living in Australia currently in school Years 9-10. The work must be an original, unassisted artwork completed during the school years of Years 9 or 10 and not entered in any other competition’.
    Information provided once we have been advised.
  • 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.
    Please note. From 2018, the competition will be open only to Victorian students or students from schools that are institutional members of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    Entries opened 12 February 2018 and close 5pm, 1 August 2018.
  • 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’.
    2018-19 Prize will open later this year. Entries close in October. Exact dates as these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Subscribe to the Shrine Education Enews to be notified of relevant details.
  • 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]’.
    Entries close August and the group is announced in late October. Exact dates as they are advised.
  • Updated ! 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’.
    Applications open in April. Student applications close in mid-September. Chaperone Expressions of Interest close in late June. The tour will take place in 2019. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Entries opened during Term 1 and are to be received no later than 18 May 2018. Winners will be selected with fourteen students and two teachers to attend a fully-funded 14 day study tour to Vietnam during October 2018.
  • The Simpson Prize
    ‘A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students’. Details are on the site. The Australian War Memorial Simpson Prize site is also worth visiting.
    Entries close in early to mid-November of this year for the 2019 Prize. The question will be made available in the early part of the year. Exact dates when these are advised.

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Technology

  • ATOM Awards
    Find all 2018 information for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu.
    Entries opened on 1 December 2017. Close of entries is midday 1 June 2018. Finalists announced 12 September 2018 and Student Awards Evening is 14 November 2018.
  • 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. You can now also choose an optional Digital Design component.
    Check the site for registration details. Aurecon will supply bridge building kits by the end of June each year to all schools registered for the competition. Competition is held at the beginning of August. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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 opened in February and should close shortly before the Olympiad itself. This will be held on 23 August 2018. A package of results is sent to the school in October.
  • Australian STEM Video Game Challenge
    ‘Facilitating engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, students learn vital skills for the future through designing, building and testing an original video game. A full copy of the Challenge rules and submission guidelines are included in the Information Pack’. Same detail included in Challenge sections as well.
    Registrations opened 20 February 2018 and close 27 April 2018. Game submission open 23 July 2018 and closes 3 August 2018. Winners announced 3 October 2018.
  • 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’.
    2018 Dates : 12-23 March 2018 [completed] and 3-14 September 2018.
  • Chevron Focus Environment Competition
    ‘To enter, you must submit a photograph with a title that represents an aspect of the category in which it has been entered with a caption of 25 words or less placing the photograph into the context of the category for which it has been entered. Prizes will be awarded for each category in the following age groups : Years K-2, 3-6, 7-10 and 11-12 ’. Western Australia.
    Entries open early May and close late September 2018. Winners announced in November 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • CO2 Dragster National Competition
    ‘The purpose of the CO2 Dragster competition is to provide a means for students to demonstrate their ability using Design Make Appraise principles to draw, design and then build a dragster within a set of specifications’.
    Entries close mid-September. Enter by posting your Dragsters or delivering them to the nominated address on the site. The finals are held in the second half of September. Exact dates as these are advised.
  • 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’. Detail also included in the Mathematics section above.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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 details available from the site. No dates required.
  • 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’.World finals held in September.
    Registrations will close at the end of May. School Finals in May/June. Regional Finals in July/August. State Finals in September/October. National Final in March of the following year. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Game was announced in January. Two regional events were held 11-13 March 2018 [Southern Cross] and 16-18 March 2018 [South Pacific] in Sydney. The Duel down Under will be held later in the year at a date to be announced [July ?]. Consent forms must be completed and registered on the Tournament day.
  • FlickerUp
    ‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or film-makers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.
    Screened in January [from the previous year’ competition]. Entry Deadline is early October 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Future Leaders Photography Prize
    ‘Year 12 students are invited to submit digital photographic work [one photograph for each student]. The work submitted can be on any theme. Submissions must include Student’s Name, School and Year Level’.
    Send all submissions electronically by 31 May 2018 [address provided]. The finest submissions will be featured on the Future Leaders Photography Gallery [www.futureleaders.com.au].
  • 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 development’.
    Students started the 2017-18 competition on 28 November 2017. Contest ended 17 January 2018. Next contest announced in mid-September 2018, closes November 2018. Work to be submitted in January 2019 Finalists and winners announced at the end of January. Grand Prize Winner’s trip is done in June. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Grok Code Quest
    ‘A friendly five-week competition where thousands of school students come together to learn to code. Teachers can sign up their students, and students competing individually at home are also welcome. Programming challenges are released at the beginning of each week, along with interactive notes that teach you everything you need to complete them’. Multiple levels available.
    Competition runs from the end of October to early December. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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.
    You need to be able to sign in to a Microsoft account to access the site.
    Round 1 Online Finals began in January and end 30 April 2018 depending on country. 31 May 2018 is the latest date for all National Finals. Round 2 World Finals will be held in July 2018. Official Rules and Regulations link is found on the Imagine Cup Competition Resources page.
  • 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’.
    Registration is open in the months prior to a competition. Round 1 was held 6 March 2018 [offline] and 7 March 2018 [online]. Round 2 was held 21 March 2018. National Round winners may be invited to represent Australia at the International Linguistics Olympiad which will be held 26-30 July 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 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’.
    Registration is available via this page. The information pack and registration will be available Q2, 2018. Date for Registrations to close is still to be announced. The competition will be held over the weekend of 5-7 October, 2018 in Melbourne.
  • 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]’.
    Registrations for teams and mentors opened 8 March 2018. Program kick off beginning of May; Submissions due end of July; Judging during August; Winners and Finalists announced, and showcase events August/September. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • So You Think You Can Design
    ‘DATTA Australia is inviting schools throughout the country to participate in So You Think You Can Design - the student competition that demonstrates the creative, innovative and challenging work taking place in the Design & Technologies learning area’. See YouTube videos about this at this link.
    The event was last held in conjunction with Design and Technology Week in the second half of October. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Textile Art Piece [TAP] Challenge
    ‘The art piece being submitted may be a hanging art quilt, an ornament, a pocket, a pouch of any shape [based on the theme]. A minimum of two [2] entries per school’. Other details from the site. NSW students only
    Online Application Forms are available from the site. Entries are to be received by 21 September 2018.
  • The Mars Rover Challenge
    ‘The goal of the main challenge is to program a robot to navigate the Martian terrain. This can be done by writing a program or group of programs to make the rover autonomous and collect data. To encourage good coding practices, students will be given a higher score for well documented and formulated code’. All other details and registration form from the site.
    Suggested event date is November. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Register interest early to be kept up to date. Challenge closes in mid-May. Submit each group’s entry by mid-October. Judging will be completed and shortlisted schools notified one week later. shortlisted schools will be invited to attend the Victorian Education in Games Conference in late October. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Web.Comp 2018
    ‘A web competition for high school students. We’ll teach you how to build a website as we go along, rather than expecting you to be an expert already’.
    Competition has now been completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Registration is recommended though not required. Download a Student Booklet here. All entries from all age groups must be submitted by 27 July 2018.
  • 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’.
    WorldSkills Australia operates in 31 regions across Australia. To find out about Regional Competitions happening near you contact your closest Regional Coordinator. Register here. The next Regional and International events will not be held until 2019. National Championships will be held in Sydney on 2-4 June 2018.
  • 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’.
    Registrations opened in February. Registration Deadline is 10 June 2018. Project Report Submission Deadline is 24 June 2018. Judging events occur throughout Term 3 depending on the state.

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The Arts

  • 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.
    Entries closed on 25 January 2018. Prize winners will be announced on 23 August 2018. The next competition will run from early September 2018 to January 2019. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Entry Pack released in December 2017. Submissions open until June. Submissions are shortlisted with Finalist short films screened at a glamorous, youth-focused, red carpet Grand Finale event on 23 August 2018 during CinefestOZ Festival week.
  • Design an Ad Competition
    ‘Make sure you’re on our mailing list to be notified when the 2018 Design an Ad Contest launches’. Western Australian students.
    Use the mailing list to be notified of dates. Exact dates when these are advised..
  • QIEU Excellence in Art Design Awards
    ‘The Art Design Awards are open to preschool, primary and secondary school students and teachers in independent schools throughout Queensland. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site.
    Entries close in late July with an exhibition in September of 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Entries opened in January 2018 for the next Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and closed at midnight 7 March 2018. Prize Exhibition from 5 May 2018 at Juniper Hall, Paddington, NSW.
  • 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’.
    Closing date for entries is late September. Prize Presentation Ceremony is held in late October 2018. Entries on display until mid-November. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Entries close in late September 2018. Other dates when these are advised.
  • 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.
    Entries open in mid-September and close in mid-December 2018. Exact dates when these are advised. Only winners and highly commended entrants will be contacted by the Gallery.
  • The Pixel Prize
    ‘Welcome to the Australian Catholic University’s digital image competition ! The Pixel Prize is open to high school students from Australia [New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland] who have a passion for photography and graphic design’.
    Entries open in early July and close for Queensland and NSW in mid-September and Victoria at the end of September. Awards ceremonies for local winners and finalists will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Wakakirri
    ‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. Sections on site for students [primary & secondary] and teachers.
    Closing dates for the Primary Challenge, Secondary Challenge and Dance Challenge are 30 March [QLD, now closed] and 6 April 2018 for All States except QLD. Closing date for the Screen Challenge is 3 August 2018. All Venues and Show Dates are found on this page.

Art

  • Angelico Exhibition
    Art competitions and exhibitions for primary and secondary students in Catholic schools in Western Australia. Registration forms on the site.
    Artwork must be delivered to the Catholic Arts office in the second half of July. Online entries at about the same time. Exhibition dates are in late July into August. Primary Awards in mid-August. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • CKT’s Illustrator Competition
    ‘Your submission must be suited for the 3-12 year age market’. Open to all people.
    Entries open early August and close mid-October. Winners will be announced at beginning of December 2018. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • Fo Guang Yang Young Artist Award
    All details including theme, divisions, awards, requirements, notification of winners as well as an Entry form are found in this document.
    Closing date for submissions was 15 February 2018. Winners announced in June 2018.
  • OzKids Art Competition
    There are five categories available for you to choose from. These range from Digital Art to Indigenous. Entry form available from the site.
    Entries close October 5th, 2018.
  • Primary School Art Competition [Cultural Diversity Week, Vic.]
    ‘This competition calls on budding young artists to think about our state’s amazing diversity and creatively express what multiculturalism means to them’. Primary school students from across Victoria. Teachers Resource Kit available to download.
    Linked to Cultural Diversity Week which was held from 17-25 March 2018. Competition now completed for 2018.
  • 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’.
    Entry forms available from the beginning of April. Entries close mid-August. Finalists notified late August. Items displayed from end of October to late November. Winners announced mid-November 2018.

Music

  • ACMF National Songwriting Competition
    ‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’.
    Entries open mid-July and close late October 2018. Winner automatically agrees to perform their winning song at the request of ACMF for a 12 month period from mid-November. Exact dates when these are advised.
  • 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’.
    Applications opened in February 2018 and submissions close 5pm, 5 June 2018. Selected people announced on 29 June 2018..
  • Australian Singing Competition
    ‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students. Find all details and dates on the How to enter page.
    Competition entries opened 23 February and closed 28 March 2018 [including Late Entries]. Heats are held between 4 April and 15 May and semi-finals between 8-11 August 2018. Finals Concert on 8 September 2018.
  • Get Songwriting
    University of Southern Queensland. ‘Entry into the Competition is free and open to an ‘Eligible Entrant’ [Entrant or You] who is an Australian Secondary School Student currently in Years 10-12 who is the sole author of the Song [written lyrics] submitted’. Other details available from this site.
    Entries opened on 19 February 2018 and close on 15 June 2018.
  • Music : Count Us In
    National Songwriting Competition. ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free’.
    Submissions were due by 5pm, 15 February 2018. Celebration Day is 1 November 2018. Other dates when these are advised.
  • Score IT!
    ‘A state-wide film-scoring competition open to all secondary school students in Queensland. The competition challenges young composers to create an original composition to accompany a short film produced by the Griffith Film School. Based on year level, students compete in either Score IT! Junior or Senior by composing and recording a soundtrack using instruments of their choice’.
    Entries opened 22 January 2018. They close 18 May 2018. Awards Ceremony on 27 July 2018.
  • 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.
    Entries open late June and run to the end of July. The competition runs for a selected period usually in August. Exact dates when these are advised.

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