Mars Rover Challenge 2019

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About the challenge

The Mars Rover Challenge consists of the major challenge to navigate through the course, with scientific discovery and side challenges throughout the course. The main course can be completed in several ways based on student interest or desire for a high score. The STEM challenges aim to engage students in a broader range of STEM activities by combining the challenge of coding robotics and using scientific sensors.


Our Sponsors


RDA Hunter’s ME Program

RDA Hunter’s ME Program is proud to support the Mars Rover Challenge in 2019. The ME Program commenced in 2009 to upskill, grow and diversify the Hunter’s workforce – particularly in support of the Hunter’s defence industry. The program facilitates formal partnerships between Hunter industry and high schools to make curriculum more workplace-relevant and build awareness of defence industry career pathways. It has a strong focus on developing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in students from years nine to 12 in readiness for the jobs that industry requires, while ensuring industry has access to a talent pool with relevant skills.

Initially taught in seven leading Hunter region high schools, the ME Program’s iSTEM course has been so successful that it is now taught in 260 schools across NSW.

BAE Systems, Ampcontrol and Varley Group are among the ME Program’s industry partners who were integral in the formation and implementation of the iSTEM syllabus. This elective subject provides students with a curriculum to support the most up to date technologies including 3D printers, virtual reality, drones, robotics and a range of intelligent systems. It engages students in problem-based learning and involves them in real ‘on-the-job’ situations.


University of Newcastle Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle brings together expertise in engineering, architecture, building, surveying, information technology and computing. The Faculty offers a range of exciting degree programs that challenge our students to become inspired, adaptable and forward-thinking graduates who are innovative, resourceful and creative future leaders in the industry, the profession and the community.

New, multidisciplinary undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Systems Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering were introduced this year to empower a new generation of engineers with specialised skills to solve the world's greatest challenges.


The Faculty’s programs are underpinned by some of the most exciting research in Australia. In the Australian Research Council research excellence ratings, the University of Newcastle is one of only a few universities in Australia to receive a top rating of '5' for Electrical and Electronic Engineering across all four assessments (2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018). The Faculty is also ranked 8th in the world and 1st in Australia for Automation and Control Engineering, and 30th in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering (Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019).