IIATE Innovations and Engineering Design Awards


Innovations and Engineering Design is a new title for a relatively new and highly successful category. 27 of the 54 national finalists in the first six years of the Engineering category of the national BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards (BHPBFSEA) came from the Working Technologically category of the STANSW Young Scientist Award. 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. Callum and Declan Predavec from Mosman High School will be travelling with the BPBSEA team. They will be joined by two students in the Young Scientist team who will also be presenting Technology projects. Of special note was our only HSC Design & Technology entrant Maddison King, from Meriden School, who performed well in her HSC Design & Technology as well as gaining an all-expenses trip to the US. View a special report on two of our technology projects aired on Sunrise 19th January 2017.



We are very pleased to promote the Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education (IIATE) who are sponsorilogong the Models category for 2016 – 2018, opening the door to technology students and teachers taking part in the Young Scientist Awards. Our Models category has ideally suited Technology, Design and Technology, Science and Technology (K-6), Industrial Technology, Graphics Technology and Engineering Studies teachers and students, so it has been a natural step for IIATE to come on board to sponsor and promote the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards.



MYDA Promotion

For those who have been teaching Technology for more than 10 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 the awards was 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 Models and Innovation Awards  is very similar in its structure and criteria. The Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education (IIATE) 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 model of a innovative device or application that you design and build, with an accompanying logbook or folio 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 the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards and the Minister’s Young Designers Awards is that it is 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 DesignTECH. The other significant difference is that finalists in the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards can go on to represent NSW at the national 2018 BHP Science and Engineering Awards and can also represent Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Pittsburgh, May 2018 (see Big Picture). It is interesting to note that since we commenced the Models category in 2012, ten of the our eighteen selected ISEF finalists have designed and built an innovative device or application.



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


Models and Innovation prizes


All first place winners in both Years 7-9 and Years 10-12 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.

The best entry in each age and category will be one that meets the criteria at the highest level.



Entries for the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards category are due on Friday 25th August, 2017. Entries are to be hand-delivered to the Seminar Room 342 in the New Law Annexe, The University of Sydney, between 1pm and 4pm. Students, teachers, parents or any other designated person are welcome to set up the student entry during this time period. For those who are unable to set up their model at the University of Sydney, eg. regional students or HSC Design and Technology students whose major projects can’t be accessed after 3pm, Thursday 24th August, video footage of the working model and the folio must be uploaded onto our registration system before 4pm on Friday 25th August, 2017.

All students entering the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards must register their project, student and school details by midnight Friday 18th August, 2017, on our online registration system. The only exception are HSC Industrial Technology and Design and Technology students who must register and submit their projects by 4pm Friday 25th August, 2017. This exception allows these HSC students and their teachers to fully concentrate on their HSC major project submission deadlines.




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

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



Following on from our exciting joint venture with the University of Sydney for the last three years, the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards will once again be displayed in conjunction with the University’s Open Day on Saturday 26th August, 9 am – 3 pm.

Students are strongly encouraged to spend some time with their project and demonstrate their working model to some of the expected 27,000 Open Day visitors. In 2016, the majority of the Models and Innovation entrants attended and had a wonderful time explaining their projects to the variety of visitors. In 2017, the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards exhibition will most likely be held outside the new Law Building in a marquee.

Student entrants will also have the opportunity to partake in Open Day activities including an array of interactive engineering and science displays.
Winning entries will be announced at 3 pm. In 2014-2016, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki presented the awards to each of the winning students. After the 3 pm announcement, students will need to take home their projects.

Prizewinners and nominated highly commended entries will then have until the middle of October to prepare a 3-5 minute video and a 1000 word report for the national BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.