2021 contest task and teams

The task for 2021 is … convey a message.

Linking with Science Gallery Melbourne's MENTAL exhibition, bonus points are up for grabs for entries that explore themes of mental wellbeing.

Take your Amazing Spaghetti Machine team or school group on a tour of an exciting exhibition and be immersed in MENTAL, the inaugural exhibition at Science Gallery Melbourne.

MENTAL is a welcoming place to confront societal bias and stigma about mental health. Co-curated by young people it enables students to explore what it means to be human using science, technology and creativity. Students can either embark on a self-directed tour, or participate in a group tour and workshop exploring the themes of the MENTAL exhibition which includes 23 interactive art/science exhibitions focusing on the themes of connection, agency, reflection and polyphony of experience.

Find out more about Science Gallery's school tours

2021 competing schools

  • Avila College
  • Cranbourne East Secondary College
  • Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School
  • Kingswood College
  • Lauriston Girls' School
  • Mater Christi College
  • Mount Scopus Memorial College
  • Nazareth College
  • Our Lady of Sion College
  • Rowville Secondary College
  • Sacred Heart College
  • Salesian College Sunbury
  • Santa Maria College
  • Sunbury College
  • Templestowe College
  • Traralgon College

Previous tasks


Take a selfie


Raise a flag


Squirt toothpaste onto a toothbrush


Crush a can and put it into a recycling bin


Water a plant


Make me a bowl of cereal


To create a ‘Wake Me Up’ machine


To spell the word ‘Engineer’


To take a portrait-style photograph in either digital or hard-copy form.


To dispense the dried ingredients for a cup of instant coffee (coffee, powdered milk, and sugar) into a cup.

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