TWO NSW TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS TAKE OUT TOP TWO ENGINEERING PLACES AT NATIONAL FAIR AND THEN DOMINATE INTERNATIONAL FAIR
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. 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.
A NEW AND EXCITING COMPETITION FOR TECHNOLOGY TEACHERS
We are very pleased to promote the Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education (IIATE) who have been sponsoring the Technology & Engineering category since 2016, opening the door to technology students and teachers taking part in the Young Scientist Awards. Our Technology & Engineering category has ideally suited Technology, Design and Technology, 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 Innovations and Engineering Design Awards.
We are also very pleased to welcome OSHClub, one of Australia’s largest out-of-school-hour service providers who are sponsoring the K-6 Technology and Engineering category for the first time this year. The name of the K-6 Technology and Engineering category is the OSHClub Inventions and Innovation Awards. We welcome any young inventor or tinkerer who has come up with a brilliant idea and has built a model or prototype, showing how their idea works.
CAN YOU REMEMBER THE MYDA AWARDS?
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). It is interesting to note that since we commenced the Technology & Engineering category in 2012, thirteen of the our twenty-five selected ISEF finalists have designed and built an innovative device or application.
IIATE INNOVATIONS AND ENGINEERING DESIGN AWARDS (YEARS 7-12) & OSHCLUB INVENTIONS AND INNOVATIONS AWARDS (YEARS K-6)
There are cash prizes for the best entries in each of the age sections at state level.
All first place winners in both 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.
The best entry in each age and category will be one that meets the criteria at the highest level.
NUTS AND BOLTS OF ENTRY PROCEDURES
Due to changes in NESA’s 2018 Project deadlines, the judging and display of the IIATE Innovations and Engineering Design Awards and the OSHClub Inventions and Innovations Awards will not be held at the University of Sydney this year. Instead the Judging and Exhibition of Technology & Engineering projects will occur at the Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC) office at 67-73 St Hilliers Road, Auburn.
Entries for the Years 7-12 IIATE Innovation and Engineering Design Awards category and the Years K-6 OSHClub Inventions and Innovations Awards category are due on Friday 31st August, 2018. Entries are to be hand-delivered to the Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC) office at 67-73 St Hilliers Road, Auburn (parking in Hall Street outside the building), 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 PTC Office in Auburn, eg. regional students or HSC Design and Technology students whose major projects can’t be accessed after 3pm, Thursday 30th August, video footage of the innovative device and a soft copy of the folio must be uploaded onto our registration system before 4pm on Friday 31st August, 2018.
WHAT SHOULD BE PRESENTED?
The following is a checklist that you need to follow when submitting your invention or innovative device:
- Prototype and any props that help show how your prototype works
- Poster or single-sided sheet, preferably laminated, that describes what the working model is, its application and operational details
- 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.
- (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 1st 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 which holds 120. Special guest presenters will be Oliver Nicholls and Lachlan Bolton who took out the top two awards at this event last year and went on to win the top two national engineering awards and Oliver then went on to win the top international school STEM prize in the world in May this year with his Year 12 Design and Technology major project that he submitted for his HSC last year.
1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize-winners in each of the K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 age categories will be presented with certificates and they 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 31st October starting at 6pm.
The 2pm – 2:45pm Presentation Ceremony at PTC office, Auburn will conclude with the announcement of the top 30 technology and engineering projects which will be representing NSW at the national BHP Billiton 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 BHPBFSEA competition.
Students are to take their projects home with them at the conclusion of the Presentation Ceremony.