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Accelerate your learning in high school

As you get closer to finishing high school and starting university, you can excel your engineering, programming and project management skills. Our high school outreach activities will place you at the head of the pack.

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Chemical Engineering Work Experience

When: 29–31 May 2023
Years: 10

Hosted at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, we offer work experience placements for Year 10 students who want to learn more about chemical engineering. 

By participating in our interactive activities, students will gain insight into various industries where chemical engineers work and career pathways for chemical engineers. You'll undertake activities in areas that concern our industry partners. 

Students will also be introduced to cutting-edge research where chemical engineers apply their ingenuity, innovation, and creativity to find solutions to the 'real-world' problems that are facing our communities.

While you're with us, you may have the opportunity to see and learn how plasma can be used in water, medicine and agriculture, learn about membrane technology and how this is used to clean and recycle water, and make your own zinc-air batteries.

Applications for the Chemical Engineering Work Experience program closed on Friday 31 March.

School of Computer Science High School Fellowship Program

When: July - November 2023
Years: 9–12

This program is a unique opportunity for high school students to experience studying a first-year university subject, INFO1110: Introduction to Programming.

Run by the School of Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering, this subject focuses on the foundational principles of coding and software development process, including skills of testing and debugging.

It's a prerequisite for more advanced programming languages, systems programming, computer security and high-performance computing.

Participants can also connect with the industry sponsors via the program.

Applications for the High School Fellowship Program closed on 10 May 2023.

Year 10 Engineering Program

Year 10 Work Experience student

When: To be confirmed
Years: 10

The Faculty of Engineering hosts a two-day campus visit for keen Year 10 students from a select number of schools to learn more about the following areas of engineering:

  • aerospace engineering
  • biomedical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • electronic engineering (including telecommunications)
  • mechanical engineering
  • mechatronic engineering
  • software engineering

This two-day program is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about engineering and where this dynamic field can take them.

Students develop awareness of engineering as a discipline, career pathways and the Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Students also participate in interactive workshops with our academics and current students and hear from our scholarships team about entry pathways and scholarship opportunities.

Project Management Spring Camp

Teenagers working in a team

When: 28 September 2023
Years: 10–12

This face to face in-person program offers an excellent opportunity for high school students to learn about project management and where this dynamic field can take them.

Students develop awareness of project management as a discipline, career pathways, our Bachelor of Project Management degree, and hear from our students and alumni about their experience at the University of Sydney. 

They also participate in interactive workshops with our academics and experience a master class.

The program includes talks from industry professionals and in the past has included site tours to Google and Australia’s leading technology company, Atlassian, to learn more about projects in action.

Expressions of interest are now open for high school students until 1 September 2023.

Past Events

Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES)

Indigenous student working on robot

When: 15-22 January 2023
Years: 10–12

The Indigenous Australian Engineering School is an annual event established by Engineering Aid Australia.

Open to 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students entering Years 10, 11 and 12, the six-day live-in school gives students a taste of engineering as a university course and career.

It involves hands-on and challenging activities within the Faculty of Engineering as well as site visits to engineering companies, to find out more about the IAES click here.

This year’s outreach efforts have seen us engage with thousands of high school students in years 7-12 via the following on campus and digital events: Engineers Australia Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter Schools, Experience it (a program for over 500 female students), Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES), Future Focus, Year 10 Engineering Program, Year 11 Future Fridays, Project Management Camp, Computer Science Fellowship Program, Open Day and Info Day.

In spite of Covid, we were able to maintain a high level of engagement with schools and exciting plans to increase initiatives and expand outreach in regional areas in 2023 are underway. We would like to thank and congratulate all schools, facilitators and faculty communicators within the faculty for their stellar efforts and collaboration.

We are currently gearing up for the IAES that will take place on 15-21 January 2023. The IAES Program gives 26 Indigenous high school students NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS, QLD, NT and SA who are in years 10 - 12, the opportunity to come to Sydney and explore the possibilities of studying and working within various fields of engineering.

The IAES program is fully sponsored with all activities, accommodation, flights and meals covered by Engineering Aid Australia and the University of Sydney. The week-long program will involve site visits to key Sydney locations, curriculum exercises and participation in cultural activities. Further highlights include networking opportunities with engineering industry representatives and recreational activities on Sydney Harbour.

Undergraduate Guide 2024

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