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Gifted and Talented and Enrichment Activities Part 2

Gifted and Talented and Enrichment Activities Part 2

 Gifted and Talented and Enrichment Activities Part 2

The following is a list of Gifted and Talented and Enrichment Information for Teacher and Students. The Activities are available to ALL STUDENTS. If you are interested in any of these please apply directly using the links, or see Mr Regoli for more details/advice/assistance (especially if groups of girls are required in order to participate). If the link is broken or the Activity isn't offered any more, please let me know. If the Activity is closed for this year, keep it in mind for next year and book early!  Some are free others involve a fee (discuss with your parents/carers before registering).The Gifted and Talented programs are highlighted in PURPLE, however, you do not have to be Gifted and Talented to give them a go. Challenge yourself!! Give some a try, you will find ENORMOUS rewards by participating and forcing yourself to go outside your “comfort zone”!

For Students and Teachers:

Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical Studies):

Asian Science Camp The Asian Science Camp brings together around 200 talented young people in a celebration of science and friendship. It aims to promote international cooperation and networks among the best young science students of the next generation in Asia, Australia and Oceania and encourage deeper thinking about science and scientific knowledge. During the six-day camp Nobel Laureates and world class researchers share their science experience through plenary sessions, round table discussions and student master classes. There are social and cultural events too. To be eligible to apply you must:– have attended any Australian Science Olympiad Summer School in 2015 and/or 2016, OR have achieved a high distinction in any Australian Science Olympiad Exam, OR have achieved a high distinction in the 2015 Big Science Competition senior paper, AND currently be in year 12 or first year university (or taking a gap year with a deferred university placement) AND have, or be eligible for, an Australian passport valid. To be eligible to apply you must:

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  The competitive spirit is an effective motivator and science, engineering and design & technology teachers all over Australia have classes filled with extraordinarily enthusiastic students building model solar cars and boats. Not only is the learning fun but the learning outcomes are tremendous. Teachers report how students motivated by the competition build an intuitive knowledge of the sciences that permeates the classroom. Model solar boats are ideal for the younger students. These are far simpler to build but the thrill of competition and the learning outcomes are just as great. The national event brings together all of the Australian state and territory champions and, when financially possible, top entries from other countries.

Australian Space Design Competition  Would you like to design your own futuristic space station? Space Design Competitions Australia are the premier provider of industry-simulation events for high-school students in Australia. Our competitions aim to provide interactive, high-tempo, and dynamic environments for students to further their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills. Since 2002, we have partnered with a number of organisations and schools across Australia to nourish and prepare the next generation of innovative young minds. There are Junior, Intermediate and Senior Competitions.

Australian Junior Water Prize  Students are invited to undertake a water-related research project focusing on solving community water problems. The scope of the project may be on a local, regional, national or global topic but must have the potential to improve quality of life and/or the environment. All projects must use a research-oriented approach, which means that they must use scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring and reporting results, including statistical analyses. Students are then required to submit an extended abstract or full paper, and provide a ten minute presentation of their project to the judging panel via video conference. Finalists receive an awards certificate. National winner receives a glass trophy, a return flight to Stockholm and accommodation to participate in a one week cultural exchange program and to represent Australia in the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize. If the national winner is a group of students, one representative receives flights and accommodation, other group members may go to Stockholm at their own expense. The winner’s school receives a trophy. The winner of the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize receives US$15,000 and a crystal sculpture. The winner’s school receives US$5,000.

Australian National Chemistry Quiz  The ANCQ is a unique chemical education activity. It provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry in an exciting and stimulating way. The Quiz is not a nationwide assessment of chemistry knowledge, but rather an opportunity to promote chemistry and for teachers to gauge the understanding their students have of the subject. The Quiz is available in both hard-copy and online formats. With over 1,600 schools entering over 110,000 students last year, we recommend that you consider students from your school for this prestigious competition. The age divisions are; Junior Years 7-8, Junior Years 9-10, Senior Year 11 and Senior Year 12.

BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards  The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia's most prestigious school science awards. The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards reward young people who have undertaken practical research projects, which demonstrate innovative approaches and thorough scientific procedures. There are many great prizes to be won in each category: First prize $4000.

Chemistry Physics Biology Olympiad Exams  Year 10 and 11 students are invited to challenge themselves by sitting one or more of the four Australian Science Olympiad Exams now on offer. Testing students’ knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills, the exams are held in the disciplines of biology, Earth and environmental science, chemistry and physics. The exams last two hours and are carried out under strict examination conditions at your school. The Australian Science Olympiad exams are the first step in being selected to represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads.

ConocoPhillips Science Experience This nationwide STEM outreach program is a three or four-day program of hands-on science activities being conducted in 35 universities in 2016/2017. It is aimed at students in Years 9 and 10.

CREST Awards  CREativity in Science and Technology 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.

EngQuest  EngQuest, an initiative of Engineers Australia, provides an exciting way for students to participate in free, fun and educational engineering activities involving science, technology and mathematics. On this site you will find curriculum-appropriate engineering projects covering a range of topics including solar cookers, water wheels and humanitarian engineering. Every project includes easy to read instructions, background information (for teachers and students) and lesson ideas with activity sheets. There are projects and resources suitable for lower primary, primary and middle years students. There is also plenty of interactive educational fun that your students are certain to enjoy in the student section of the site!

Eureka Prize  Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science communication and school science.

Expedition Class  We love science and environmental education so much that we share it with classrooms everywhere... like you’ve never experienced it before. Students engage with researchers and adventurers through Australian Curriculum aligned online lessons.

First Lego League [Australia]  FIRST® LEGO® League is a competition catering for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students. Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it.  The entire competition for the year is based around one of these themes: Past themes include natural disasters, senior citizens, food health & safety, climate change, medical science, and nanotechnology. Tournaments are run with the feel of a sporting event, and teams compete like crazy while having the time of their lives.  What FIRST® LEGO® League teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

FIRST ROBOTICS  4-6.30pm every Sunday during school term. Sydney Uni will host a high school student robotics team, the “Drop Bears” who compete in the International First Robotics competition. The team is comprised of high school students across Sydney. As part of this team students will learn valuable skills in programming, building, project management, leadership and communication. Register here:

FIRST Tech Challenge  FIRST® Tech Challenge is 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. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Students get to: Design, build, and program robots, Apply real-world maths and science concepts, Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills, Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments, Compete for a spot in the World Championship and Qualify for over $13.5 million in international university scholarships.

Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths  Curious Minds is a six-month program for girls that combines two residential camps and a mentoring program. The camps will enable girls to explore all aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths through guest lectures, interactive sessions, practicals and field trips. The mentoring program will see each student matched with a female mentor recruited from a variety of STEM backgrounds and together they will construct personal goals for the student. This might include discussing study options and career pathways, undertaking further extension work with support from their mentor, developing ideas based on learnings from the camp or working on a project.

Google Science Fair  We’re extremely lucky to partner with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic to offer some unbelievable awards. If your Science Fair submission is something you built to solve an engineering challenge, you’ll be eligible to win the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award or the LEGO® Education Builder Award. If your project offers a new way to look at the world, asking questions and answering them with experimentation, you’ll be eligible to win the National Geographic Explorer Award or Scientific American Innovator Award.

IGEM Biology  AwardsThe iGEM competition is an annual, world-wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students. Multidisciplinary teams work all summer long to build genetically engineered systems using standard biological parts called Biobricks. iGEM teams work inside and outside the lab, creating sophisticated projects that strive to create a positive contribution to their communities and the world.

Inquire to Discover  This program guides teachers through the scientific process, highlighting its effectiveness in enriching student skills in problems solving, analytical thinking and collaboration, and provides resources and techniques for implementing scientific inquiry based projects and learning in the classroom.

LUMA Centre of the University of Helsinki and the University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education has organised two international science camps in Helsinki in summer (June/August) for 16 - 19 year-olds and any interested teachers.University of Helsinki has a long experience in arranging popular international summer camps. Our LUMA Summer Camps are a meeting venue for students between 16 – 19 years of age and teachers who are interested in natural sciences, mathematics, and technology. The LUMA Summer camp provides a unique opportunity to get to know Finnish excellence in this field, as well as a wonderful chance to get together with other like-minded young people from all around the world.

Macuarie Uni Astronomy Night  Please join us for an incredible evening of astronomy, astrophysics, photonics, astrophotonics and all things physics – including a large outdoor area full of telescopes, where you can observe celestial objects for yourself! Weather permitting, there will be up to 30 telescopes aimed at the glittering night sky, operated by both Macquarie University astronomers and amateur astronomers alike. Meet and chat with real-life astronomers, observe stars, planets, nebulae, star clusters and much more, and discover the night sky like you never have before! Saturday 14 May 2016, 6:30pm – 10pm, E7B Courtyard.

My Science  Introduced in 2006 MyScience is an award-winning program that engages people with science knowledge from outside the school to support the teaching of science in primary schools. The program is open to students from Years 8 to 11 and aims to stimulate interest and enhance capacities of primary school science teachers and their students in conducting authentic scientific investigations. Primary students are mentored to conduct their own curiosity-driven investigations.It involves students acting as "Mentor - Mystics" who will visit St Philip Neri Primary School at Northbridge between 9am to 10.30am on 10th June, 24th June and 22nd July.

Murder under the Microscope  Murder under the Microscope is Australia’s largest online environmental game. It is suitable for school students in years 5 to 10, typically children aged 9 to 14 years.

IYPT Australia  The International Young Physicists Tournament was a tournament created in the USSR to foster scientific research and improved international communication in Physics. It is an annual team competition for high school physics students. Australia first entered IYPT in 1998. The purpose of IYPT is to develop scientific thinking, research skills, communication skills and teamwork. It is a unique tournament for high school students of physics.

NSW RACI Titration Competition  Students compete in teams of three and, in ninety minutes, must complete a set of acid-base titrations to determine the unknown concentration of a weak acid. The team's score will depend on the accuracy of the work of its members. The best score wins medals for the team.

Olympiads Online  Olympiads Online helps students get into shape for the Australian Science Olympiad Exams. You can practice exam questions, work through quizzes, delve deeper with videos, links and glossaries. Olympiads online is free and available to all Australian students. Use Olympiads Online and go in the draw to win one of three laptops valued at $1,500 each.

RACI Crystal Growing Competition  The aim of the competition is to grow your very own crystals in six weeks.

RoboGals (STEM)  A student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology. A non-competition process.

Save the Bilby Crossword Competition  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.

Science bootcamp  is an immersive CSIRO science experience for secondary school students. CSIRO Education and Outreach host science bootcamp in various capital cities throughout the year. The two-day program exposes secondary school-aged students to authentic scientific research in contemporary research facilities and gives the students the chance to meet and talk with CSIRO researchers. Students visit working laboratories and see the research currently being performed by scientists, researchers and technicians.

Science Extension Worksheets  The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) in partnership with Education Services Australia (ESA) has prepared 15 units of work to support gifted and talented students in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: These units have been written by experienced teachers using resources that are available online.

Science for Growth Awards  Enter the awards to improve your scientific skills, share your investigation, interact with scientists and for your chance to win cash prizes!

Science Olympiads  The Australian Science Olympiad Competition is a national extension program for top performing secondary science students which culminate in the International Science Olympiads – the Olympic Games for science students. To earn a spot representing Australia at the International Science Olympiads, year 10 and 11 students must first sit one or more of the four Australian Science Olympiad Exams on offer in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, Earth and environmental science and physics. Based on their exam performance, top performers are offered a place at the Australian Olympiad Summer School. This is a two-week intensive residential program that gives students the opportunity to study with others passionate about science. The very best summer school students represent Australia at the International Science Olympiads.

Space Camp  This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for teachers and students in years 9-12. During Space Camp, participants will be provided with opportunities for science enrichment and leadership development which will be supported with visits to science centres, schools and universities. During this weeklong program trainees are provided with hands-on training as well as learning about the mental, emotional and physical demands astronauts must face. Fields of study include Engineering, Space Technology and Aerospace Science. The 2016 program will also include visits to attractions in South Korea, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools  is a national volunteer program bringing real science, mathematics and ICT into the classroom through ongoing flexible partnerships between teachers (K-12) and scientists, mathematicians and ICT professionals. Through SMiS partnerships, teachers and students engage with scientists, mathematicians and ICT professionals (STEM professionals) in their classroom. Together the partners share enthusiasm, expertise, and knowledge to enhance science, maths and ICT teaching practices.

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.

SPECTRA Awards  SPECTRA, or Science Program Exciting Children Through Research Activities, is a national science award program developed and administered by ASTA for students between Years 1 and 10. SPECTRA can be used: as a class activity, to extend capable students, to encourage and inspire students that find science a challenge in school science. There are two levels in the program: SPECTRA and Junior SPECTRA. Each level has a range of science topic cards where students complete activities related to their chosen topic. The students carry out a range of practical and observational activities, research, experiments and projects. When the required number of activities has been completed to the satisfaction of the teacher/parent, the student is awarded a certificate and badge. The cards are provided in full colour with engaging images. Junior SPECTRA has Spike the Echidna on every card.

STANSW Young Scientist Awards  The Young Scientist committee is very pleased to announce a major STEM initiative that should inspire inquiry-based learning in Science, Technology, Engineering Studies and Maths classes across New South Wales. From 2016, the restructured STANSW Young Scientist Awards will now feature the categories Working Scientifically, Working Technologically and Working Mathematically. The number of committed prizes have also dramatically increased from 86 in 2015 to at least 127 in 2016. $18,350 committed in prizes and at least 3 Year 9-12 students will win a trip to Los Angeles to compete at ISEF 2017.

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.

Sustainable Futures  is an educational program that combines the latest in climate science with education in sustainability. This program was formerly known as CarbonKids. The Sustainable Futures program is suitable for schools to use with students in years 3 – 9. Schools must register to be part of the program. Upon registration schools will receive a set of educational resources which offer a range of ideas and activities to support the teaching of sustainability and the environment in Australian schools.

Sydney Uni Gifted and Talented Science Discovery Programme   If you’re fascinated by science and want to go beyond what you cover at school, the Gifted and Talented Discovery Program is for you. As a talented high school science student in Year 9 or 10, you will enjoy additional challenges and stimulation in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics in this three-day workshop.

Synthetic Biology Strange Nature   Synthetic biology is about designing living things, and all the tools, concepts, opportunities and risks that go with it. What scares and excites you about synthetic biology? Imagine what the world will be like when masses of digital information can be stored in DNA, when DNA molecules can be physically manipulated into biological tools like paper into origami, when scientists can build organisms like engineers build bridges, when we can produce ‘alien’ life forms on our own planet. Think about what synthetic biology can do to help solve the problems that we face now and may face in the future. $500 for the winning entry in both the written and multimedia competition $250 for the first runner up in both competitions.

The Science and Engineering Challenge   What is the Science and Engineering Challenge? The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM* outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors. Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of Science and Engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment. The Challenge runs a range of programs but focuses on inspiring students in year 10 to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study the enabling sciences and mathematics in years 11 and 12.

Taronga Zoo Keeper For a Day   Do you want to work with animals when you’re older? Do you like the Zoo but you’re not sure where to start? Keeper for a Day Cadets might be what you are looking for! Keeper for a Day Cadets is a specially designed hands-on day for children aged 12 - 17 years old who’d like to work with flora and fauna or in job that means they contribute to the protection of the natural world when they grow up! Hosted by our team of dedicated Educators, participants learn the daily routines and expectations of a Taronga Keeper. Through a range of interactive activities and special behind the scenes visits, Cadet Keeper for a Day participants will meet some of Taronga's animals up close and learn how we can care for them and protect them into the future. The day includes an “official” Keeper for a Day shirt and morning snack.

Taronga Zoo Meet-a-Keeper   Meet a Keeper is a one-day program for school students aged 14 years and over who have expressed a keen interest in pursuing a career at the Zoo or in the captive animal care industry. This unique program includes a seminar presented by a talented panel of Zookeepers, Zoo educators and other Zoo staff members. Students have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of zoo-keeping, including: Qualifications required, Career opportunities, Core responsibilities and Careers structures and wages. These themes and more are explored in the morning session, which runs from approximately 10.00am to 11.30am. Afterwards, guests are invited to explore the Zoo as they make their own way to a mystery behind-the-scenes animal tour. Tour times vary and are arranged at time of booking. Mystery tours run for approximately 25-35 minutes and are arranged by staff on the day.

TOMS   Tournament of Minds is a problem solving programme for a team of seven students from Year 7 to Year 10. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines: Science Technology, Engineering Mathematics, Social Sciences and Language Literature.Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents or peers. They are encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution. They develop a creative and original way to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex challenge criteria and the deadline of Tournament Day.Students present the product of their ideas - their challenge solution - to a panel of judges and an audience on Tournament Day. They have ten minutes in which to present and must do so within a 3 metre by 3 metre performance area.The teams must also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge on Tournament Day. This challenge requires rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think creatively and well developed group cooperation skills.

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.

USYD Eureka Sleek Geeks Competition  The University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is offered to primary and high school students nationally. If you have a passion for science and for communicating ideas, then enter this competition by telling a scientific story via a short video piece. We’re looking for the next generation of Dr Karl’s and Adam Spencers! The idea is to communicate a scientific concept(s) in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge or, as the Sleek Geeks like to say, “learn without noticing”. First prize: $4,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney, Second Prize: $2,000, Third Prize: $1,000.

TAS Forensic Science Camp  The camp was first held in 1994 and attracted widespread interest after featuring on the former ABC TV science show Quantum. Such has been its success that each year it regularly attracts more than 80 bright Year 8-9 students from Brisbane to Ballarat, and many places in between. Boys and girls, from both government and independent schools in the city and the country, are divided into groups of four detectives. They then solve fictitious felonies using a range of forensic techniques, including microscopy, chromatography, fingerprint analysis, cryptography and general science. Held in Armidale.

VEX Robotics Australian Competition  The VEX Robotics Competition is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students (ages 11-18). Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and Skills Challenges. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills


Aurecon - Bridge Building Competition  The competition is open to year 8 and 9 students and will be held on the 9th of August at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Aurecon will supply bridge building kits by the end of May each year to all schools registered for the competition. In order to involve as many students as possible from your school, we suggest that an internal school competition be held. The winning team can then represent your school in our competition. Winners will receive: $1000 prize to school, $100 each to students.

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.

Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge   An international initiative whose goal is to promote computational thinking for teachers and students ages 8-17. Bebras is aligned with and supports curricula across Australia. It’s a great way to get students interested and participating in information and communication technology (ICT) which could lead to an interest in pursuing a career in the exciting ICT industry!

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.

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. Students as young as 10 are designing, testing and making miniature F1™ cars capable of 80km/h. But it is not about fast cars. F1 in Schools™ is a holistic action learning program which focuses on developing long term employability skills. Students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills. Many students engaged in this program have been offered employment by industry before completing their studies… others are pursued by universities with competing scholarships… and one has even been head hunted into the real world of Formula1™ racing as an aerodynamics engineer.

FIRST Robotics Competition   The FIRST® Robotics Competition is the flagship competition of FIRST. A large-scale robotics competition, FIRST® Robotics Competition brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world. In building their robot and doing all the other things that go with an FIRST® Robotics Competition team, students learn valuable life skills like teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, technical science and engineering skills, Gracious Professionalism®, and others. In Australia, FIRST® Robotics Competition teams compete at the Duel Down Under off-season events or official Regional competitions in Sydney or the USA.

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.

Google Code-in   Pre-university students ages 13 to 17 are invited to take part in Google Code-in, our contest introducing young minds to the world of open source. With a wide variety of bite-sized tasks, it’s easy for beginners to jump in and get started no matter what skills you have. Mentors from our participating organizations are available to lend a helping hand as you learn what it’s like to work on an open source project. Want to work with a real open source software organization while earning cool prizes? Try your hand at Google Code-in.

Imagine Cup Australia   Imagine Cup is a global student technology program and competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications, games and integrate solutions that can change the way we live, work and play.

Little BIG Idea  Little BIG idea is a national schools competition run by Origin that aims to foster creativity and innovation in students from Years 3-8. The competition provides a platform for students to continue Australia's rich tradition of innovation which has seen solar hot water, the black box flight recorder, the fridge and the bionic ear, amongst others, invented and developed on these shores. Origin Energy for Schools. If you’re in Years 7 to 8, chances are you’ve got some great ideas bouncing around that brain of yours. And we want to hear all about them!

National Computer Science School Challenge   Programming (also known as coding) is how sites like Facebook and apps like Instagram are made. Knowing how to program is like having a computing super power. The Challenge is unlike any other programming competition. We’ll teach you how to program as we go along, rather than expecting you to be an expert already. If you’re a seasoned coder, we have something for you too – the problems range from relatively simple to mind-bendingly hard.

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   Students are required to design and program two robots to compete against an opposing pair of robots by kicking an infra-red transmitting ball into their designated goal. Teams have a choice of using two attacking robots or an attacker teamed with a goalie. The field is the size of a table tennis table. The field is white, shades of green and black to allow for navigation through the use of light sensors. Due to its ease of introduction to the uninitiated, most students choose to use LEGO Mindstorms to build and program their robots. Although the LEGO Mindstorms set can continue to be very competitive while being modified to high degree of complexity, other students select alternative platforms and even build their own microprocessor robots from basic electronic components. A range of sensors can been attached to all of the robotic platforms. These include: electronic compasses, sonar, modified light sensors and motor rotation sensors.

Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero   Technovation is the world’s largest and longest­ running tech competition for girls. Teams of young women identify a problem, create an app to solve it, code the app, build a company to launch the app in the market, and pitch their plan to experts­­ all in 3 months. Technovation’s applied, project­ based computer science and entrepreneurship curriculum reinforces digital representation of information, algorithmic thinking and programming, and emphasises the societal impact of information and information technology. It teaches girls life skills such as how to identify problems, design and test solutions, collaborate in a team and communicate to different audiences.

WorldSkills Australia  Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a beautiful bathroom, how a garment is created for the runway or how industrial robots are built to assist with day-to-day jobs? You can find out at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne – the largest trades and skills showcase in the country. Australia’s Largest Trade and Skill Competition! Competitions are held on a regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially.

Wool4School Student Design Competition   Wool4School is a real-life fashion design experience, with big rewards available for both students and teachers. 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 - and go in the running to win part of $10,000 worth of prizes.Teachers can also take part in the competition, by incorporating the lesson plans into their classroom. Resources are also available to support the lesson plans that coincide with the Australian Curriculum.

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.  At the judging event, students have the opportunity to present their project to a judging panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals. Each project is assessed on the criteria of creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation.


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