OSHClub Inventions and Innovations Awards: Years K-6

Requirements of the Primary OSHClub Inventions and Innovations Awards

We are inviting projects where students

  •  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.
  • Built a working scaled or full-scaled prototype of the invention or innovative device or application.
  • Produced 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 judging rubrics for the Working Technologically category provide further details of what is expected. Our survival guide for primary teachers is also a great resource for teachers interested in this category of awards. 

Entries for the Years K-6 OSHClub Inventions and Innovations Awards category must be entered online by midnight, Wednesday 2nd September 2020 and projects must be delivered on Friday 4th September, 2020.

Entries are to be hand-delivered to the Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC) office at 67-73 St Hilliers Road, Auburn between 1 pm and 6 pm on Friday 4th September, 2020. 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 5th September at the PTC offices.

Projects should be picked up on Saturday 5th 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 midnight on Wednesday 2nd September, 2020.

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. The design folio or logbook should be a hard copy, and a scanned copy should also be uploaded online with the entry. There is no golden formula for the structure of a design folio or logbook but it should include all the sections that are listed on this page.
  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 5th 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 each of the K-2, 3-4 and 5-6 age categories will be presented with certificates*. 

Students are to take their projects home with them at the conclusion of the Awards 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 written report for the national BHPFSEA competition.

*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 Friday, 30th October starting at 6pm (venue TBC).