Judging is underway!

Thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm and support of our program in this very challenging year. We received close to 900 projects across our three STEM categories!

Our team of volunteer judges has now completed the first round of judging and we are in the process of working with our Senior Assessors and sponsors to decide on category and sponsored award winners. We are hopeful that we may be able to contact winners (via email) within the next few weeks. We thank you for your support and your patience as we negotiate this mammoth task.

Under the current pandemic conditions, it will also not be possible for us to hold an in person Presentation Ceremony. We are currently exploring options for how we will announce all the award winners and will post details on the website and on social media soon. Stay tuned!

2020 Young Scientist Awards are ON!

Yes – we are running the 2020 Young Scientist Awards program! It has required adjustments in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic but we are ready to roll!

Our project submission deadlines have been adjusted to take into account later HSC deadlines. Secondary Investigations are due on Wednesday 9th September, Secondary Technology projects are due on Friday 11th September and all Primary entries are due on Wednesday 16th September. ALL entries must be submitted entirely online. Click on the How to Enter tab to the right for all details.

All our judging and associated training sessions are completely online this year.

Please make sure to use all the amazing resources on our site to plan for your or your students investigations and projects.

2019 Young Scientist Awards Winners announced!

All winners of the 2019 Young Scientist awards were announced at a grand ceremony at the University of Wollongong on Friday 1st November. 155 individual awards were announced totalling over $28,000 in cash prizes.

Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith, astrophysicist and Women in STEM Ambassador delivered an inspirational keynote address to a packed lecture theatre.

Romilly Merani from PLC, Sydney was awarded the Budding Young Scientist (K-2), Emma Wood from Castle Cove Public School was awarded the Primary Young Scientist (3-6) and Angelina Arora from Sydney Girls High School is our 2019 Young Scientist of the Year. Congratulations to all award winners!!

Record entries in 2019 !!

We received a record number of 920+ entries in our program this year. Over three consecutive weekends a small army of dedicated judges took on the mammoth task of judging all these entries, including a successful Regional Judging Hub at the University of New England, Armidale.

2019 Working Technologically Winners Announced!

The 2019 winners of the Working Technologically category of the Young Scientist Awards competition were announced at a special ceremony at the PTC (Professional Teachers Council) offices in Auburn on Saturday 7th September, 2019.

The ceremony followed a science fair where student entrants had the opportunity to present their projects to an audience of judges, parents and teachers.

Congratulations to all entrants and winners! The judges were blown away by your creativity!

Click here for a full list of winners

ISEF 2019 – NSW Students shine with 4 Grand Awards

NSW students shone once again at the International Science & Engineering Fair 2019 with four Grand Prizes!

Eliza Martin – 4th Place in Biomedical & Health Science;

Callum Predavec – 4th Place in Mathematics and an Honorary Mention Special Award from NASA;

Emma Serisier – 3rd Place in Animal Science; and

Macinley Butson – 2nd Place in Translational Medicine and Special Award from the China Association for Science & Technology.

Also Lucy Lake (BHP Team) – 2nd Place in Engineering Mechanics and a Special Award from the Patent and Trademark Office Society. #STEM#NSW#AUS@stansw

STANSW Young Scientist ISEF 2019 Delegation

Our team of excited young students and accompanying chaperones, family and teachers are making final preparations to travel to Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A. to represent Australia and NSW at Intel ISEF 2019!

Our team of 9 ISEF delegates and our BroadCom Masters representative will compete with 1800+ students from all over the world (80+ countries) at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) – the largest science fair for high school students in the world. The team includes our first Mathematics delegate and will be accompanied by teacher chaperones from the Young Scientist committee as well as the Rural Young Scientist Teacher Ambassador.

The range and depth of the student projects is truly inspiring – please visit back soon to see profiles of each delegate, with a description of their projects.

We will be keeping in touch while we are in Phoenix via a range of social media platforms. Please follow our progress via

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/stansw_youngscientist/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stanswyoungscientist/

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFTpxQ5IMedGMRsU8W9QDfw

Twitter https://twitter.com/STANSW_YS

2019 ISEF Team

Announcing the 2019 STANSW Young Scientist ISEF team

Our team of 9 students and 4 chaperones are headed to Phoenix, U.S.A. in May to represent NSW and Australia at Intel ISEF 2019 (The International Science and Engineering Fair). The team consists of:

Callum Predavec, Mosman High School: Planetary Transfer Calculator Callum will be our first ever Mathematics entry in ISEF

Macinley Butson, The Illawarra Grammar School: The Smart System

Kelvin Du, Newington College:Investigating humidity related nuisance alarms in smoke detectors

Emma Serisier, Bishop Druitt College: The Use of of chickens as bio-recyclers of household organic waste

Isaac Heagney, St. Columba Anglican College: SARFISH Safety Alert for Rock Fishing

Angelina Arora, Sydney Girls High School: The Effect of Algae on Oil Spill Remediation

Eliza Martin, PLC Sydney: The Development of a Novel Treatment for Lactose Intolerance Using Synbiotic Formulations

Sophie Angus, PLC Sydney: Using coriander to remove lead from contaminated water

Olivia Arvanitis, Meriden School: Water Monitoring System

The team will also include our Broadcom Masters representative

Dean Chapman, MacAuley Catholic College: To grow or not to grow….that is the question

We are grateful for funding from our new sponsors: The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (through their Supporting Young Scientists Program SYSP) and CrookEd Science along with our Principal Sponsor The Sapphire Foundation for making it possible for us to send the whole complement of 9 projects to ISEF.

Please return back for more posts highlighting each of our talented delegates’ projects.

NSW Students achieve major success at national level

Congratulations to all the winners at the BHP Foundation Science & Engineering Awards!

We are really proud of the efforts by the NSW representatives who have done amazingly well! Our students took out 5 of the 7 awards at the wonderful ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 5th February.

James Casey-Brown won 3rd place in engineering category with his “Surf Safe”, a device that uses a CO2 cylinder to inflate a buoyant ring to help save lives of people at beaches.

Lucy Lake won 2nd place in Engineering for her “Phase3”, a biomimicry inspired design for a rowing oar. The oar design is based on the whale tubercle.

Anne Zimmerman and Tiara Meier won 2nd place in Science Investigations into “Soil Biology:The missing link in Pasture Production”. They applied chemical and biological amendments to increase soil health and then compared which gave the best results in restoring soil.

Macinley Butson won 1st place in Investigations for “The SMART System” which incorporates two new devices to reduce unwanted skin damage during radiotherapy cancer treatment.

Macinley Butson had another win, this time in the Innovator to Market category for “The SODIS Sticker”. This is a sticker that accurately measures solar UV exposure required to sanitise water to a high degree of accuracy.