2014 – A Year in Review
2014 was a monumental year for the STANSW Young Scientist Awards. There were more entries in 2014 than any other year in the current format, where scientific investigations form the dominant type of entry. As well as a 27% increase in entries from 2013, there were 23 schools entering Young Scientist for the first time.
The top eight initiatives for 2014 were:
- The launch of a 16-page Young Scientist Information Booklet that was distributed to every NSW school in early May. Our last booklet was produced in 2001. We will be distributing our new 24-page booklet with the first issue of Science Matters in late February/early March. It will be available to download in mid-February.
- We ran a series of workshops in a number of metropolitan and regional locations, specifically targeted at “new” teachers to the Young Scientist Awards. Titled “Taking your student research projects to the next level”, these workshops will continue in an expanded form in 2015
- As part of these workshops, we developed a slideshow called “Top ten hints from the Young Scientist Judges”. This slideshow was sent to 147 schools that requested it and can now be downloaded here.
- 50 of our 58 finalists for 2013 gave permission for their projects to be used in these workshops and in 2015, 52 of our 70 prize-winners for 2014 have given us permission to upload their projects onto our website. These are our most precious resource and will be available to download in early February.
- We set up the “Young Scientist Youtube Channel” that features some student projects and some other useful resources. This will be expanded in 2015.
- We had a fivefold increase in the number of Models and Inventions entries, with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki announcing the winning entries as part of the Models and Inventions Exhibition, at the University of Sydney Open Day.
- We automated the judging and data entry system with all judges networked to our online judging system that one of our committee members, James Cleaver, set up from scratch. and it worked!
- There was a heightened level of correspondence between the Young Scientist Committee and teachers, parents, students, sponsors and interested parties. Our ever-developing database reached 440 supporters by the end of 2014. If you are interested to receive the latest Young Scientist updates, please contact the Young Scientist Coordinator.