Top Coder Competition 2018

2018 will see a whole new competition added to ANSTO's Top Coder and more heats! This year we will have a Robotics competition as well as the Scratch coding.

We invite schools to enter two students from year 5 and year 6 in the ANSTO Top Coder Competition 2018. Students will work collaboratively in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere with coding and robotics coaches. Within the Scratch competition students will develop ideas into finished games, animations, art music or stories. Students who participate in the Robotics competition will develop take part in a series of challenges building their skills and competency in code and construction towards a final battle at the end of the day.

We are looking for people who are creative thinkers and passionate about problem solving – you don’t have to be top of your class. Young people using STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) are the ones who can take our society into the future.


This event is free! 






At a glance

  • Download a flyer for your school
  • Robotics and Scratch Coding Competitions - Heats each week of August.
  • Free for participants
  • Open to students in year 5 and 6
  • Applications close one week before competition day

Top Coder Robotics

Submit application top coder btn


Top Coder Scratch

 Submit application top coder btn 



 win-prizes-topcoder-img top coder



Competition rounds


The ANSTO Top Coder Competition will be run across a number of heats each week of August.

  • All Scratch coding heats will run on Wednesdays.
  • All Robotics heats will run on Thursdays.


Each round has space for 20 students. We are looking for people who are creative and passionate – you don’t have to be top of your class. Young people using STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) are the ones who can take our society into the future. 


 Top Coder heats new 


To book a place in Top Coder Scratch click here

To  book a place in Top Coder Robotics click here


All schools can enter both competitions


Current draw for schools to be updated as bookings are filled.



 Top coder submit-application-small-btn

Top coder wwc-link-btn 

Top coder teacher-professional-development-btn 




Information for students / parents and teachers

Want to apply for the ANSTO Top Coder Competition? Great! The first step is to speak to your teacher. Applications must come in collaboration with a school. Talk to your teacher, show them this page and ask them to get involved!   


Schools can enter in either the Robotics or Scratch Top Coder Competitions or both.


Criteria for teams 

1.     Schools need to achieve a 50% ratio of boys / girls across their teams across each competition.

This could be achieved in a number of ways. For example:

·         Boy / Girl year 5 and 6 teams

·         Boy/ Boy year 5 + Girl/ Girl year 6

·         Girl/ Girl year 5 + Boy/ Boy year 6 

2.     Schools can enter a maximum of one team of two students per year level.

3.     Different students can be entered for the Robotics and Scratch competitions, but cannot change once entered.


The new Robotics Competition

No prior skills will be needed - the best thing to prepare would be to download the EV3 software, play with a Lego Mindstorms kit if available and start constructing with Lego Technics pieces.


Further Questions?

Look at the FAQ below or contact us for further assistance:


Nathan Slawitschka 

Robert Entwistle

Simone Kingsnorth 

Mrs Fiona Young 

Dylan Smith 

Louise Rees 

Stacey Coates 


Special needs

Wheelchair access has been assigned to Caringbah PS.


Working with Children Check  

All adults need a current WWC. If you are volunteering its free, please fill out the form.  

Before competition day the following information needs to be submitted for validation:

  1. WWC number

  2. DOB

  3. Clearance type

  4. Full name


Teachers and coaches

Your school can send up to two coaches to assist the teams. However, your school does not have to send a teacher or coach to the competition as there will be a qualified teacher from the host school supervising.


Permission to publish  

Teachers need to record "No" when enrolling students, if there is no permission to publish.


Marking Ruberic

Download the Ruberic to see the scoring criteria.


How do I apply? 

Applying for a heat is simple

  1. Book a place in the Top Coder Robotics heats

  2. Book a place in the Top Coder Scratch heats

  3. Ensure that any volunteer on the day has a Valid Working with Children check.

  4. Download the Ruberic to see the scoring criteria

  5. Start practicing coding with your students in Scratch or EV3


How do I prepare?  

If you need help preparing come along to a NESA registered Scratch Coding course. It's free!




Frequently asked questions


Who is eligible?

  • Students in year 5 and/or 6 can apply for the program. Teachers may be teaching any year level and do not need to currently have a year 5 or 6 class. We encourage teachers at any stage of their career to apply.  We welcome parent coaches to join us.


What time does competition start each day?

8:45am Arrival + log in to your Scratch account or watch the Robotics Demo's

2:15pm - Finish and home time.

I am a student, how do I apply? 

  • Applications from the program need to come from a teacher or parent. If you are a student and want to apply, please speak to your teacher and show them this page.


Who needs a Working with Children Check?

All adults need a current WWC. If you are volunteering its free, please fill out the form.

Before competition day this information needs to be submitted for validation


Can I/ my students enter both competitions?



What are the Heats again?   


Heat 1
August 1st - Wednesday - Scratch Coding – Eastlakes Public School 
August 2nd - Thursday - EV3 Robotics – Sutherland North Public School 


Heat 2
August 8th - Wednesday - Scratch Coding – Caringbah Public School

August 9th - Thursday - EV3 Robotics – Towradgi Public School


Heat 3
August 15th -  Wednesday - Scratch Coding – Smithfield Public School

August 16th -  Thursday - EV3 Robotics – University of Technology Sydney

Heat 4
August 22nd -  Wednesday - Scratch Coding – Coledale Public School

August 23rd -  Thursday - EV3 Robotics – Baulkham Hills North Public School


Heat 5

August 29th -  Wednesday - Scratch Coding - Oatley Public School

August 30th -  Thursday - EV3 Robotics – Berala Public School


I have another question, who can I ask?