Global Series – STEM in Australia!

SO excited to kick off a new series! The goal of this Global Series is to pick a region around the world and explore local STEM programs and competitions currently active for YOU to participate in.

Looking back, Sprocket has come a long way. From K12 and academic programs in STEM fields, a previous series called “How to Kick Start an Idea” ( and information about areas of study such as Astrophysics, Wildlife Conservation and Archaeology, I hope to reach out to specific regions around the world and share information to inspire minds in contributing to the scientific community and its advancements!


From gorgeous wildlife in the desert-lands and swamps, the vast marine life in deep blue oceans, to breathtaking architecture and urban life, Australia has a wide variety of Science and Technology opportunities for young minds and adults . Below I will be sharing some of these programs.

NOTE: Students currently from Australia are eligible to participate!

  • National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition 

Taking place in March – September, the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NI ARC) is a student robotics competition featuring students from Australia and New Zealand competing to develop an autonomous robot within 7 months. Students who successfully complete the competition task get to keep the NI Robotics Development kit comprised of LabVIEW Robotics Software Suite and NI myRIO embedded measurement and control platform!

For more information on how to start a team, check out the link below!

  • Australian Mathematics Competition

Calling all Math geniuses! The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.

This year’s competitions date is 27 July, 2017. So hurry!

Learn more about how to enter and requirements!

  • Young ICT Explorers

Young ICT Explorers is a non-profit competition, which has been created by SAP to encourage school students to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects. 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.

Registration deadline is June 4th and project submission deadline is June 23rd. So hurry and register your team!

  • UAV Challange 

The goal of the UAV Challenge is to demonstrate the application of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAVs) for civilian assistance missions, particularly in those applications that will save the lives of people in the future ( High school students around the world compete to build UAVs and participate in the annual challenge!

The 2017 Airborne Delivery Challenge is announced for 26th – 27th September 2017!

The challenge – Outback Joe has made an emergency mobile phone call to advise that he is is suffering an allergic reaction and needs urgent medical assistance.  Teams are invited to use an unmanned aircraft to deliver an Epipen as close as possible to Outback Joe so that he can treat his anaphylaxis immediately while medical aid travels to reach him. The UAV Controller (the team’s pilot) will remotely control the aircraft. For more information head to their website below –

The 2018 Medical Express Challenge is announced for 24th – 28th September 2018!

The challenge – 

Outback Joe is at his property in remote Queensland, Australia and has been feeling unwell. He has had a remote consultation with his doctor using video conferencing, and his doctor has requested some blood tests be done as soon as possible. Joe is well prepared, has a home sample taking kit, and has taken his blood sample. The challenge is now to get the blood sample to the lab. Joe’s property is very remote and to make matters worse, it has been cut off by floodwaters. Teams are invited to attempt to retrieve a blood sample from the remote Outback Joe and return it to base where medical staff will be waiting to analyse it. Teams are encouraged to develop systems that can carry out the mission in a fully autonomous manner using Type 2 Autonomy. Head to their website for more information on this challenge –

Medical Express

In addition to the above mentioned local programs, students in Australia are actively engaged in International programs such as FIRST Robotics, ROBOCup, Maker Space, VEX Robotics, Google Science Fair, INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair! For more information, head to Sprocket!

On top of all these amazing opportunities, local zoos, wildlife conservation centers, universities near you, science institutions and non-profit organizations work all year around to provide hundreds of learning and education programs! So make sure to reach out to them and learn more about after-school or summer programs!

Australia is a BEAUTIFUL land thriving on it’s wildlife, marine life and diverse ecosystems. Science and technology education plays a significant role in sustaining these beautiful lands and everything that lives within in. So keep learning and stay curious!

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National Geographic




Rice University


Australian Mathematics Trust



Digital Careers


Young ICT Explorers


Roseville College


UAV Challange