Inspire your school’s rising science stars with events, activities, information sessions and competitions held by UQ Science and the wider UQ community.

Engineering events

Explore engineering at UQ through workshops and events for school students and teachers organised by the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology.

Experience Science

High school student attending Experience scienceExperience Science gives senior high school students an insight into studying science at UQ and how science is applied in industry and everyday life.

The free annual event is open to students in years 10 to 12 and is held in July.

FEAST

Students in laboratory during FEAST eventFuture Experiences in Agriculture, Science & Technology (FEAST) is a five-day residential program that inspires high school students about rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food industries.

It is open to students in years 11 and 12 and is held in July.

InspireU events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Students in laboratoryUQ's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit holds several science-related events for high school students who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.

InspireU Junior STEM Camp

The InspireU Junior STEM Camp provides insights and information about science to Year 9 and Year 10 students.

It is held each January.

Activities include workshops and investigations into a range of areas, including biology, 3D printing, mathematics and physics, palaeontology, bioengineering, nanotechnology, plant science and molecular bioscience.

InspireU Senior Engineering Camp

The InspireU Senior Engineering Camp gives students a taste of engineering at UQ and outlines graduate career options.

The camp is open to Year 11 and Year 12 students and is held each January.

Activities include aerospace engineering workshops, a tour of UQ's engineering precinct and virtual mining practice in UQ's Immersive 3D Visualisation Laboratory.

Junior Physics Olympiad

Students attending JPHO eventThe Junior Physics Olympiad (JPhO) is a five-day non-residential program for Year 10 students with an interest in physics, science and mathematics.

The immersive program encourages students to develop their understanding and appreciation of physics, confront and solve problems, and take part in hands-on learning.

JPhO is held annually in July.

Participants tour UQ's innovative research facilities, take part in research forums, experience UQ life and even learn a few magic tricks.

UQ Earth & Environment Day

Students in geography session in Earth and Environment day.UQ Science's annual Earth & Environment Day  gives students the chance to experience the applications and relevance of geography, planning, earth sciences and environmental management, and to discover how studying these subjects can lead to a career with real-world impact.

Open to students in years 10, 11 and 12, the event includes a careers session presented by UQ Science graduates and two interactive workshops. Teachers can attend an optional discussion and information sharing session with our staff.

UQ Earth & Environment Day is held in July.

UQ Queensland Maths Summer School

Students working on maths problemThe UQ Queensland Mathematics Summer School (QMSS) introduces Year 10 students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and new ways of thinking.

The week-long non-residential program is open to talented students who are going into Year 11 and have chosen to study Mathematics B and Mathematics C.

It is held each January.

Participants gain mathematical knowledge, problem-solving skills and confidence to use in a possible career in maths and science, in maths competitions or for their own interest.

UQ Sunflower Competition

High-school students attending Sunflower competition weigh-in day on the UQ Gatton campusThe UQ Sunflower Competition inspires high school science students in all years to become the next generation of plant and agricultural scientists, and supports teachers to deliver their science curriculum in a plant-based context.

As participants attempt to grow the heaviest sunflower, they develop teamwork skills and experience the scientific thinking behind horticulture and plant science.

With finals held at UQ Gatton each May, the national competition provides interactive learning opportunities through experiments and an optional day of workshops and awards.

UQ/QAMT Problem Solving Competition

The UQ/QAMT Problem Solving Competition is held annually on a Saturday at UQ St Lucia, close to International Pi Day in March.

Open to all Queensland secondary high school students, the competition sees students complete a two-hour maths paper in three categories for junior, middle and senior students. The questions encourage ingenuity and thought.

The event includes a professional development session for teachers.

Schools unable to attend the St Lucia event can run their own competition on the day or the previous school day.

RACI Titration Competition

Students in laboratoryRACI holds annual regional Titration Competitions, culminating in national finals. 

The competition aims to inspire Year 10, 11 and 12 pupils who are interested in chemistry, and to acknowledge those who are becoming proficient.

It is held in May.

Our School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences has hosted regional Queensland competitions for 30 years. 

SPARQ-ed Senior Five-Day Research Immersions

Student in laboratorySenior Five-Day Research Immersions , organised by UQ's SPARQ-ed, give secondary high school students the chance to take part in real-world biomedical research.

The programs are open to Queensland students in years 10, 11 and 12, and teachers. Several programs are run each year.

Student participants are introduced to research, attend seminars and learn how to use academic research resources.

SPARQ-ed is an educational facility established by UQ's Diamantina Institute and Queensland's Department of Education. 

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge

Students participating in Australian Brian Bee ChallengeThe Australian Brain Bee Challenge encourages Year 10 students to learn about the brain, neuroscience research and careers, and misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. 

The challenge tests participants' knowledge of intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, ageing, sleep, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.

Competition rounds are held at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute in March and May.