Requirements of the Primary OSHClub Inventions and Innovations Awards
We are inviting 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 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 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 – 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 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. 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 and 5-6 age categories will be presented with certificates. 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.