Snowy Hydro goes national with STEM competition

STUDENTS EXPERIMENTS: Students from across Australia are eligible to enter this year’s Snowy Hydro Science competition.

SNOWY Hydro’s annual science competition is going Australia-wide! 

For the first time, children across the nation can power up the future with their renewable energy ideas for the chance to win prizes valued up to $3,000. 

The inaugural ‘Powering up the Future Competition’ will continue Snowy Hydro’s commitment to fostering learning opportunities through the successful Snowy STEM Academy and its focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

The Powering up the Future Competition asks students to be a Snowy Hydro ‘futurist’ and present a creative, innovative idea or invention that offers a solution to reduce emissions in a renewable world. The competition is open now and closes at midnight on Sunday, August 11 2024. 

With a growing opportunity and demand for emerging careers, Snowy Hydro Group Executive Safety, People, Community and Services Gabrielle Curtin, said it was important to engage the workforce of tomorrow in STEM from a young age. 

“Today’s children need to be prepared for the future,” Gabrielle said. 

“This competition is a great way to inspire young people to take a deep dive into innovative ideas and develop problem-solving skills that will transform the energy industry for generations to come.

“It will help students learn more about renewables and energy emissions and hopefully spark their curiosity in STEM pathways.” 

The Powering up the Future Competition calls on students in years 3 to 12 to investigate what a renewable energy future might look like and provide a solution for reducing energy emissions. 

There are some fantastic prizes to be won, including overnight experiences at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, exploring Taronga’s Institute of Science and Learning immersive classrooms, STEM subscriptions and gift cards. 

Entries for the Powering up the Future competition must be submitted on the official competition webpage. There are two age categories: Junior (aged 8 to 12 years old) and Senior (aged 13 to 18 years old). 

An independent panel of esteemed and diverse community representatives will determine Judge’s Choice winners. 

In addition, members of the public will be able to vote online for their favourite entry for the Community Choice in each age category.

The winning entries will be displayed on the Snowy Hydro website and showcased at the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre in Cooma. 

For more details about the Powering up the Future competition, including full terms and conditions, visit or email the Snowy Hydro education team at snowystemacademy@

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