The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science and engineering awards. The finalists are the best and brightest student researchers and innovators in the country. The Awards also recognise teachers who engage students in the study of open-ended investigations and work consistently within their school community and wider professional arenas to make an outstanding contribution to science education in Australia.
The Awards are a partnership between the BHP Foundation, CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association, STANSW and all other state and territory Science Teacher Associations across Australia. Entry to the Awards is via nomination through the STANSW Young Scientist Awards.
Please note changes to BHPFSEA organisation in 2020
Each State and Territory Science Teachers Association has been invited to nominate up to 5 Primary and 5 Secondary projects to the BHPFSEA 2020 competition. In NSW, these nominees will be chosen by a special panel of judges assembled by the STANSW Young Scientist Awards committee. NSW nominees will be contacted directly by the committee once the judges have made their decisions.
Primary Awards Finalists will receive a certificate of recognition as Finalists. Other Primary nominees will receive a certificate of recognition as Semi-Finalists.
Primary Finalists may have the opportunity to virtually attend a scientific institution or facility, guided by a local expert able to answer questions and provide personal insights. There will be no cash or travel prizes for Primary Finalists this year.
Secondary Finalists will receive a certificate of recognition as Finalists. Other Secondary nominees will receive a certificate of recognition as Semi-Finalists.
Secondary Finalists will be invited to participate in a virtual Awards Experience, to be held 10–12 December 2020, where they will be celebrated for their achievement and be invited to participate in opportunities aimed at further developing their skills and interests. There will be no cash or travel prizes for Finalists this year.
It is expected that Finalists will have the opportunity to:
- virtually attend tours of scientific institutions and facilities, guided by local experts able to answer questions and provide personal insights
- engage in guest speaker presentations on a range of topics such as science, engineering, entrepreneurship, business, science communication, leadership, managing stress, etc.
- present their project to a panel of professionals and receive feedback on their presentation and project
- network with fellow finalists, alumni, and VIPs.
A panel of professionals will select students to represent Australia in the virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) over 9–14 May 2021. Selection will be based on Finalists’ participation over the virtual Awards Experience.
All teacher nominees will be celebrated and invited to participate in development opportunities described below.
Each nominee will be:
- expected to participate in the Virtual Teacher Best Practice Seminar on Thursday 3 December 2020 where they will be recognised as a Teacher Finalist in the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards
- showcased on scienceawards.org.au
- invited to participate in the Student Awards VIP Event on Thursday 10 December 2020
- invited to have their ideas showcased on the CSIRO website
- given priority access for selected CSIRO/ASTA professional development opportunities that may arise in 2021
- be invited to participate as an observer in the (virtual) Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) over 9–14 May 2021.