Record entries in 2019 !!

We have received a record number of 920+ entries in our program this year. Over the last few weekends a small army of dedicated judges have taken on the mammoth task of judging all these entries, including a successful Regional Judging Hub at the University of New England, Armidale. We are finalising this judging and should be able to notify winners in the next few weeks. Specific details of their awards will only be announced at the Presentation Ceremony at University of Wollongong on the 1st of November. Stay tuned!!

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

Calling all Design & Technology teachers

Did you know that the Innovations and Engineering Design category of our awards is aimed at your student projects? Check out the judging rubrics and enter your best HSC major works by Friday 6th September. Sponsored by iTE – there are cash awards to be won as well as the opportunity to progress to national and international competitions.

Sign up to judge the awards and get a comprehensive understanding of how closely our awards are linked to NSW curriculum outcomes.

2019 deadlines approaching!!

The deadlines for project entries to our 2019 awards are fast approaching! Engineering projects must be entered and uploaded by the 6th of September and Investigations by the 11th of September.

Stage 6 teachers of Science and Technology – your students Depth Studies and HSC major works are perfectly suited to our awards. Check out the judging rubrics and enter your most impressive projects – it can really take your students places!

And ….. don’t forget to register for JUDGING! Free NESA Accredited professional development.

2019 Paper Plane State Finals this Saturday 31st August!!

The 2019 State Finals of the Paper Plane Challenge will be held at the University of Sydney on Saturday 31st August. If you can’t make it to Sydney, enter our Regional High Flyers competition.

There are medals and cash awards for the distance winners in all age categories. So hurry and get your school qualifying challenge organised soon. All details on the website

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

ISEF 2019 – Day 1

The team was lucky to spend a wonderful day exploring the amazing Grand Canyon. It gave the finalists a chance to bond and develop amazing team spirit that would continue to grow through the rest of our time in ISEF.

Broadcom MASTERS International 2019 Delegate Dean Chapman – To Grow or not to Grow, that is the Question

(Sponsored by Broadcom, part of the Young Scientist team)
Dean investigated whether he could find the most efficient method of growing bond oats which his father grows for cattle feed. Using nine 44-gallon drums cut in half, Dean planted 114 oat seeds in each of the 18 half drums which had three different types of soil and then two duplicates of different types of fertiliser and a control. He found that Nitrophoska fertiliser added to sandy loam soil had the highest dry matter yield over a 14-week period.