Competitions & Challenges

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge

The theme of this year’s STEM video game challenge is  SCALE. As with previous themes, how you and your team incorporate scale into your game is completely up to you! We’re looking for creative, engaging and fun responses to the theme – they can be very literal and direct, or highly conceptual. Let your imagination run wild! 

Link: Australian STEM Video Game Challenge

Start Date: Mentor registrations are open now 

Finish Date: 5th August 2020 

Oliphant Science Awards

The Oliphant Science Awards is open to all South Australian school students (Department for Education, Catholic & Independent) currently undertaking schooling in years Reception to 12. 

Link: Oliphant Science Awards

The 2020 categories are: 

  • Computer Programming, Apps & Robotics 
  • Crystal Investigation 
  • Games 
  • Models & Inventions 
  • Multimedia 
  • Photography 
  • Posters 
  • Science Writing 
  • Scientific Inquiry 

Start Date: Registrations are open now 

Finish Date: 2nd July 2020 

Minecraft Education Classroom Build Challenges

Minecraft Education provides a variety of creative challenges with learning objectives and extension tasks. 

Link: Minecraft Education Classroom Build Challenges

Start Date: Continuously open

Code Wizard Challenge

Code Wizard Challenge is a Python coding competition for students aged 8-18. They are seeking the bravest and brightest kid coders to slay an evil dragon who has invaded CWHQ Land. Complete 21 levels of coding challenges and 1 boss level where you meet the dragon face to face to win a $100 cash prize and save CWHQ Land. 

Link: The Dragon Quest, A Kids Coding Challenge

Start Date: 3rd of April  

Finish Date: 26th of April 2020 

AI for Good Challenge

AI for Good Challenge is open to students in Years 7-12. It challenges students to work collaboratively in teams to design AI solutions to real-world problems.  No computer programming experience is required as the challenge is focus more on developing a concept. Teacher resources are provided. The challenge is run by Microsoft and Education Changemakers. 

Link: Microsoft AI for Good Schools Challenge

Start Date: February 2020 

Finish Date: Submissions due 29th May 2020 

Schools Cyber Security Challenges

These 4 challenges support the teaching of cyber security concepts for high school students. The challenges are aligned to the Digital Technologies curriculum and ICT Capability. The challenges have been developed by the Australian Computing Academy at the University of Sydney, in partnership with AustCyber, ANZ, BT, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, and Westpac. 

Link: Schools Cyber Security Challenges

Start Date: Open now - ongoing 

Grok Learning Web.Comp

Web.Comp is a 5 week competition where students learn web design and development using HTML/CSS and JavaScript. Each week Grok learning release a different challenge. This competition is currently free to participate in.

Link: Web.Comp Competition

Start Date: 11th May 2020