Technology and Engineering Category


We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with the Institute oflogo Technology Educators (ITE) (formerly IIATE) who have been sponsoring the Technology & Engineering category since 2016. 

The Years 7-12 ITE Innovations and engineering Design category is open to all Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, Graphics Technology and Engineering Studies students. 

We are also very pleased that OSHClubone of Australia’s largest providers of out-of-school care will continue to sponsor the K-6 Technology and Engineering category. The OSHClub Inventions and Innovation Awards are open to any young Years K-6 inventor or tinkerer who has come up with a brilliant idea and has built a model or prototype, showing how their idea works.


There are cash prizes for the best entries in each of the age sections at state level.

First place winners in Years 9-10 and Years 11-12 will receive a trophy.

Each student is awarded a certificate based on their level of attainment of specified criteria given in the scoring rubric for their age and category:

  • Certificate of High Distinction for every student who achieves a level 5 against the rubric.
  • Certificate of Distinction for every student who achieves a level 4 against the rubric.
  • Certificate of Credit for every student who achieves a level 3 against the rubric.
  • Certificate of Commendation for other state-level finalists.
  • Certificates of Participation for every student entry at school level.


Entries are to be hand-delivered to the Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC) office at 67-73 St Hilliers Road, Auburn between 1pm and 4pm. Students, teachers, parents or any other designated person are welcome to set up the student entry during this time period.

Winners of the Working Technologically category awards will be announced at an Awards Ceremony from 2 p.m. on Saturday 7th September at the PTC offices.

Projects should be picked up on Saturday 7th September by 3 pm following the Awards ceremony.

For those who are unable to set up their model at the PTC Office in Auburn, eg. regional students – video footage of the innovative device and a soft copy of the folio must be uploaded onto our registration system before 4pm on Friday 6th September, 2019.

What should be presented?


The following is a checklist that you need to follow when submitting your invention or innovative device:

  1. Prototype and any props that help show how your prototype works
  2. Poster or single-sided sheet, preferably laminated, that describes what the working model is, its application and operational details
  3. Design folio or logbook that documents prior background research and the design process, from brainstorming to final design, through construction to final product, testing and evaluation. The design folio or logbook must also include an acknowledgement of any assistance given. Unlike scientific and mathematical investigations, the design folio or logbook should be a hard copy. There is no golden formula for the structure of a design folio or logbook but it should include all the sections that are listed in the Primary Inventions and Innovations or the Secondary Innovations and Engineering Design pages.
  4. (Optional) Electronic storage device which contains photos or video footage of your invention or prototype in operation.

Displaying your prototype of an innovative device

After judging finishes on Saturday 7th September, students are strongly encouraged to arrive at the PTC office at Auburn at 1pm and spend time with their project and demonstrate their device to the visitors and guests who will be attending. Come dressed in school uniform as the Presentation Ceremony will follow on from this Exhibition.

The Presentation Ceremony will commence at 2pm in the PTC office auditorium. 

1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize-winners in all age categories will be presented with certificates. Students will receive their cash awards at our major Young Scientist Presentation Ceremony to be held at the McKinnon Building, University of Wollongong main campus on Wednesday 1st November starting at 6pm.

Students are to take their projects home with them at the conclusion of the Presentation Ceremony.

Selected technology and engineering project winners will be invited to represent NSW by entering the national BHP Foundation  Science and Engineering Awards. These nominated national NSW representative projects will then have until the middle of October to prepare a 3-5 minute video and a 1000 word report for the national BHPFSEA competition.


Since its inception in 2012, winners of our Working Technologically Category awards have gone on to win at both the national and international level.  In the first six years of the Engineering category of the national BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards (BHPBFSEA), 27 of the 54 national finalists came from the Working Technologically category of the STANSW Young Scientist Awards. In February 2018, two NSW HSC Design and Technology students took out 1st and 2nd place in the Engineering category of the national 2018 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Fair and then went on to represent Australia at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh. At ISEF, Oliver Nicholls from Barker College took out the top STEM prize for school students in the world. Oliver was awarded the Gordon E. Moore Award for USD $75,000, in recognition of his autonomous robotic window cleaner being the most outstanding and innovative project at the fair and possessing the greatest potential impact for revolutionising its’ particular field of work.

It is also interesting to note that since we commenced the Technology & Engineering category in 2012, thirteen of the twenty-five selected ISEF finalists have designed and built an innovative device or application.


MYDA Promotion

For those who have been teaching Technology for more than 15 years, you should clearly remember the Minister’s Young Designer Awards. Organised by the then, Board of Studies NSW, the Minister’s Young Designer Awards (MYDA) was open to students in Years 7 and 8 from government and non-government schools. The aims of these awards were to encourage students to look at the world around them, to investigate products, systems and environments, and to design a successful solution in an area of interest to them. The challenge offered to Year 7 and 8 students was to develop a project that meets a clearly identified need.

Well, the IIATE Innovations and Engineering Design Awards  and the OSHClub Inventions and Innovations Awards are very similar in their structure and criteria. The Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education (IIATE) and OSHClub are looking for projects where the students have designed and constructed an innovative device or application that is an original application of technology that solves a need or problem. It can be a new or improved device or process that clearly incorporates a technological idea or concept. ICT-based projects in a technological context are also eligible. The innovative device or application is to be presented as a working scaled or full-scaled prototype of an invention or innovative device or application that you design and build, with an accompanying design folio or logbook documenting background research and the design process, from brainstorming to final design, through construction to final product, testing and evaluation.

The significant and welcome difference between these current awards and the old Minister’s Young Designers Awards is that they are open to students in Kindergarten right through to HSC students submitting their major projects in their respective Technology course and hoping to be selected for NESA’s Shape showcase. The other significant difference is that finalists in these awards can go on to represent NSW at the national 2019 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards and Year 9-12 students can also represent Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Phoenix, May 2019 (see Big Picture).