2021 STEM Challenges

This event series is an opportunity for high school and college students to participate in fun and hands-on weekly challenges on a range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics. The competition is being organised by the Australian National University (ANU).

Registration is essential and will stay open throughout the activity period.

How it works

  • Students need to register to participate.
  • Every Monday, challenges will be released by email to all registrants and will also be published on this website. Students will have one week to complete each challenge(s), with answers/photos due on Sunday of the same week.
  • Each of the challenges will draw on a different element of STEM and may require you to take photos, answer questions or build/design something to complete the challenge.
  • In some weeks, there might be two challenges with different STEM topics released, students can choose to do one or both.
  • Only one submission per challenge will be accepted and counted for each participant.
  • Each week, the submissions will be judged by a panel of ANU staff and voted on.
  • Winners will be announced on the Tuesday following the submission deadline and will be notified by email and will also appear on our social media pages.

Prizes

  • Winners will receive a Winner's Certificate and a surprise prize.
  • All registrants who submit at least one challenge over the 7 weeks of challenges will also receive a printable online Certificate of Participation from the Australian National University. The certificate of participation is not part of the AQF.

Challenge dates

1st Challenge: 2 – 7 November 2021 (Due to an ANU staff holiday Monday)

The challenge(s) will be released on Tuesday 2 November 2021

2nd Challenge: 8 – 14 November 2021

The challenge(s) will be released on Monday 8 November 2021

3rd Challenge: 15 – 21 November 2021

The challenge(s) will be released on Monday 15 November 2021

4th Challenge: 22 – 28 November 2021

The challenge(s) will be released on Monday 22 November 2021

5th Challenge: 29 November – 5 December 2021

The challenge(s) will be released on Monday 29 November 2021

6th Challenge: 6 – 12 December 2021

The challenge(s) will be released on Monday 6 December 2021

7th Challenge: 13 – 19 December 2021

The challenge(s) will be released on Monday 13 December 2021

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Have a question?

The challenges have been created through a collaboration between the ANU College of Science, the ANU College of Health and Medicine, and the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. Please contact us via the email below if you have any questions.

Terms and conditions

  1. ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine (ABN: 52 234 063 906)
  2. Information on how to enter the ANU Science Case Study Competition forms part of these Terms and Conditions.
  3. Entry is open to all Australian residents and a group of international students.
  4. Entry to the competition is via the ANU College of Science STEM Challenges web page.
  5. There is no entry fee for the competition.
  6. ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine Staff and their immediate family are excluded from participation
  7. There is (1) prize available for the best entry each week.
  8. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine reserve the right to modify or remove any prizes if required, or not to award a prize.
  9. The prize must be taken as stated and no compensation will be payable if the prize winner is unable to use the prize as stated. The prize is not transferable to another person or exchangeable for other goods and services and cannot be redeemed as cash.
  10. The entrant will be solely responsible for any costs or taxes incurred as part of the competition, or claiming of the prize, including but not limited to any taxes.
  11. Prize winners will be notified in writing (email) on the Tuesday following the submission deadline.
  12. Each participant is only allowed one submission per challenge.
  13. By entering the competition, you declare that the submitted work is entirely your own.
  14. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine reserve the right to withdraw applications at any stage for any reason determined appropriate by the ANU Colleges of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine.
  15. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine reserve the right to extend or modify the closing date.
  16. Submissions will be marked by a panel of judges chosen by the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine.
  17. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine reserve the right to determine the final outcome of the competition, and to name and order winners and prizes.
  18. By entering the competition, all entrants and their guardians (where applicable) understand and give permission to the ANU College of Science, the ANU College of Health and Medicine, ASD-ANU Co-Lab and sponsors to use the winners name, video/photo submission, likeness and work for promotional purposes, and other purposes deemed appropriate.
  19. The concerned parties also understand and facilitate consent to measures covered under https://services.anu.edu.au/marketing-outreach/anu-identity/anu-audio-visual-release-form
     
  20. Participants agree that the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine, ASD-ANU Co-Lab and sponsoring entities are not liable for any damages or losses arising from the competition.
  21. All submitted work is subject to the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine Privacy Policy.
  22. Incomprehensible and incomplete entries will be deemed invalid.
  23. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine reserve the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which in the opinion of the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine, includes objectionable content, profanity, potentially insulting, inflammatory or defamatory statements, disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions of entry or who has, in the opinion of the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine, engaged in conduct in entering the promotion which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the promotion and/or the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine reserve the right to disqualify a winner if the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine become aware that the winner and/or the winner’s entry is of a type described in this clause.
  24. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine accept no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected entries including delays in the completion of tasks due to technical disruptions, network congestion or for any other reason.
  25. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine’s decision is final and the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine will not enter into correspondence regarding the result or winning entries.
  26. In the case of the intervention of any outside act, agent or event which prevents or significantly hinders the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine’s ability to proceed with the competition on the dates and in the manner described in these terms and conditions, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strike, war, act of terrorism, the ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine may in its absolute discretion cancel the competition and recommence it from the start on the same conditions, subject to any directions given under State Regulation.
  27. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine reserve the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual they believe has breached any of these conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion.
  28. The ANU College of Science and the ANU College of Health and Medicine collect personal information about you to enable you to participate in this promotion.
  29. All certificates (including winners’) are not an AQF certificate.