Emerging Engineers Competition

Emerging Engineers Competition

OceanWorks and UWA Girls in Engineering are excited to host the Emerging Engineers Competition for female students. 

With a prize pool worth $1000 plus unique experiences hosted by the University of Western Australia and engineering industry partners, this competition is a opportunity for girls to try their hand at solving a real life problem.  

Students are invited to pitch their solution to 'biofouling'. Defined as the unwanted growth of marine organisms on man-made structures in the ocean, biofouling is a billion dollar global problem that affects many marine industries, including transportation and offshore renewable energy systems. You can see visible effects up and down the WA coast, from barnacles on shipwrecks to encrusted jetty supports. 

The Emerging Engineers competition is supported by educational resources based on current research conducted at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre. Participants will have opportunities to visit world-class facilities at UWA, connect with experts in a variety of STEM careers, and access online and in-person support over the course of the competition. UWA is ranked 1st in Australia and 7th globally for marine engineering research. 

This is a multi-disciplinary problem that connects strongly with the current WA curriculum. Previous participants have integrated this program with Marine Biology, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Technologies. Students will also gain skills in: 

  • Independent research

  • Scientific enquiry

  • Problem-solving

  • Teamwork

  • Project management

  • Science Communication 

The Emerging Engineers Competition is free to enter for all female students across Western Australia enrolled in Years 1-12 in 2020, or equivalent students at registered WA Homeschools. 

To express your interest and to find out more, please email: oceanworks@uwa.edu.au

Teachers and students are welcome to register using the links below. Registrations are now open close at the end of Term 1 (12 April 2020). 


We are proud to announce that the Emerging Engineers Competition has now launched! 

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Student Registration

Students must be registered by their parent or legal guardian. Please download the student registration pack below. Registration and Student Survey forms must be emailed to oceanworks@uwa.edu.au

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Teacher Registration

Teacher Registrations are now open

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Resource Pack

This pack contains the Competition Manual, Timeline, and other resources.

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Legal Information

Parent permission forms and Terms and Conditions are available at the link below.

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