Carlingford High uses Sponsorship Grant to propel students to victory in SUBS in Schools Competition

17 January 2017

Students from Carlingford High School in Sydney’s west travelled to Adelaide late in 2016 to compete in the SUBS in Schools program – a competition sponsored by the Department of Defence in which high school students design, develop, test and ‘sell’ a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) submarine.

Image courtesy ASC Pty Ltd

Competition winners from Carlingford High School, Sydney receiving their major prize and several category prizes from Commander (CMDR) Chris Brough, Deputy Director Submarine Sustainment based at ASC in Osborne, Adelaide.

The Carlingford students’ winning entry was a working model sub measuring almost one meter in length. The students constructed then tested their ROV in a timed underwater obstacle course. They also had to ‘sell’ their virtual company’s product to the Department of Defence at a mock trade exhibition.

The team from Carlingford High were supported by funding from the Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions, an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. These grants are providing $6.4 million over the next four years for students to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events in Australia and overseas.

The SUBS in Schools competition is a great example of the kind of activities the Sponsorship Grants are aimed at supporting. In addition to promoting the uptake of STEM subjects with students, the SUBS competition also provides a practical and hands-on avenue for students to explore some of the exciting applications of STEM in the real world. The competition also requires industry involvement, encouraging students to find industry partners and consult with them on the production of the ROVs.

According to the event organisers, “a STEM approach to education is not about more mathematics and more science, but is rather a curriculum based on the concept of educating students in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.”

The Sponsorship Grants are all about getting Australian students excited about STEM, and equipping them for the jobs of the future, whatever industry they may be in. The opportunities that these grants can provide – like building a working submarine in the classrom – are helping Australian students to experience the challenges and fun of STEM careers.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions were opened last year as a part of Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. You can learn more about the Sponsorship Grants on, and apply on

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