2016 Launch

STANSW Young Scientist launches major STEM initiatives


New STEM Restructuring Initiatives

The 2016 STANSW Young Scientist Awards will feature a number of new STEM-based categories:

(i)    (Science) Working Scientifically Category with major category awards sponsored by STANSW:   STANSW Scientific Investigation Awards  

(ii)    (Technology/Engineering) Working Technologically Category with major category awards sponsored by IIATE:   IIATE Models and Innovation Awards  

(iii)   (Mathematics) Working Mathematically Subcategory with major subcategory awards sponsored by MANSW:   MANSW Working Mathematically Awards


Promotional material was distributed to every NSW Primary School and to the Science, Technology and Mathematics Departments in each NSW Secondary School at the end of March, 2016. To access this promotional material, click on the appropriate link:

Science Teachers’ Flyer          Technology Teachers’ Flyer

Maths Teachers’ Flyer          Primary Teachers’ Flyer

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New Sponsors/ New prizes 


* Principal sponsor of the six-member Young Scientist team to Phoenix for 2016 ISEF, 8th – 13th May 2016

* Committed to sponsor at least three students for the Young Scientist team to Los Angeles for 2017 ISEF, 14th – 19th May 2017

* Committed to sponsor the Sebel 2016 Young Scientist of the Year Award for the best project overall, now raised to $2,000

* Committed to sponsor the Sebel Testing and Evaluation Awards and the Sebel Classroom Furniture Robotic Challenge


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* Major sponsor of the six-member Young Scientist team to Phoenix for 2016 ISEF, 8th – 13th May 2016


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* Committed to sponsor the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards for 2016 – 2018


International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS)

* Committed to sponsor the IIAS Commercialisation and Entrepreneur Award for “discoveries and inventiias_logoions with the greatest potential to meet some urgent needs in economy, industry and society”

* Committed to sponsor the IIAS Science Triathlon Award for “investigations that utilise knowledge and skills from a minimum of two scientific fields, and increase understanding across the boundary between them”




Drones, Droids and Robots 

With Drones, Droids and Robots being the school theme for National Science Week, 13 – 21 August, we are developing a series of special awards that specifically relate to this  theme – details to come                      


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Paper Plane Challenge returns

With the huge success of the 2015 Young Scientist Paper Plane Challenge, the competition is back again but under a new name2016 NSW All Schools Paper Plane Challenge. The Young Scientist team are joining forces with the Paper Pilots, Dylan Parker & James Norton and the Australian Museum to run this year’s event. The finals will be held at the University of Sydney on Saturday 27th August and we will once again be holding the Regional High Flyers Competition for those who can’t attend the finals details to come




Submission of Entries

Just a reminder that we are only accepting electronic entries (with the exception of Models and Innovations) in 2016, via our online registration system that will be activated in late March. No student name that identifies the student entrant or school name that identifies the entrant’s school is to appear on the submitted project, logbook or folio.

Start planning now and make sure you utilise the 2015 Past Winning Projects and the Young Scientist Youtube Channel resources to help visualise the ingredients of a good student research project.