2018 Young Scientist Winners have been finalised!

Phew! With 830 projects submitted this year and over 120 different prizes totalling $26,760 to be decided – the judging process has been long and complex.

All winning students and supervising adults have been notified via email and we are now in the final stage of organising our formal Presentation Ceremony at University of Wollongong on the 31st of October.

We will release the names and project information of all the winners after October 31st here on our website.

Every student entrant in the competition will of course receive personalised certificates and feedback from the judges. These will be emailed to the relevant schools in the following weeks.

Stay tuned!

On top of the world!

We have just taken out the top school STEM prize in the world, and NSW students have returned from Pittsburgh, USA with $194,200 in prizes.

In 2018 our program will award over 150 prizes for Maths, Science and Technology projects totalling over $75,000. Check out our new Year 11 & 12 age category with $2,700 in prizes for Depth Studies. We also have over $26,000 in prizes including an all-expenses-paid trip to the USA for 2 student projects and 1 teacher specifically for rural schools.

So whether you are from Bourke, Balranald, Boggabilla, Eden or Murwillumbah … we are encouraging you to get involved!

Extra NSW students to go to the US

Big news!! We have just been granted permission to send our top 9 Years 9-12 STEM projects to the next three ISEF Fairs in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Before this year our maximum quota of projects was 6 but with our wonderful Young Scientist successes over the last three years, we have been granted these extra places.

Along with our top Science, Technology and Rural projects we will be sending a dedicated Mathematics project in 2019. With Maths entries due on 5th September 2018, you still have loads of time to send in a Maths entry that could be the special Years 9-12 project that is selected to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Phoenix, Arizona in May 2019.

For a Mathematics project you can do a modelling activity, statistical analysis or you may even solve or come up with your own maths theorem, like one Russian student three years ago who came up with a theorem for doing up neck ties. To get started have a look at the different Mathematics subcategories that are judged at ISEF.

Make sure you refer to the relevant Years 11-12 and Years 9-10 MANSW Working Mathematically judging rubrics and work hard to fulfill all the Level 5 criteria.

Intel ISEF 2018 – Results!

Dear Young Scientist supporters,

We have just returned from Pittsburgh with the team having achieved outstanding success at Intel ISEF 2018.

Jade Moxey and Macinley Butson from Bega and Illawarra respectively, won Special Awards from the Qatar Foundation and a scholarship worth USD $20,000  from the King Abdul-Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity. They also won a 3rd place Grand Award in the Environmental Engineering category.

Oliver Nicholls from Barker College won two 2nd prize Special Awards sponsored by IEEE & NASA and an Honourable Mention from INCOSE. He then went on to win a 1st place Grand Award in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines category. His project was also judged Best of Category. This is something that no other Australian student has ever achieved in our 20 years of representation at ISEF.

As a grand finale to an incredible week, Oliver was then awarded the Gordon E. Moore Award – the USD $75,000 top award at ISEF!

The Gordon E. Moore Award recognises the Best of the Best among the outstanding students from around the world who participate in the Intel ISEF. The winning project is selected on the basis of outstanding and innovative research, as well as on the potential impact of the work — in the field and on the world at large.

Australia fielded two teams at Intel ISEF. Oliver, Jade and Macinley were members of the STANSW Young Scientist team.

Caitlin Roberts from the national BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Team also won a 3rd place Grand Award in the Biomedical Engineering categories.

All of the students were excellent ambassadors for science, NSW and Australia and we could not be prouder of them.

New Depth Study Awards Announced

Rowe Scientific Depth Study Awards!

For 8 (** now 10 due to high demand**) Year 11 practical investigations or secondary-sourced investigations that most effectively communicate how their depth study has enabled the student to develop and acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of one or more clearly identified concepts found within or inspired by the syllabus.

The Rowe Scientific Depth Study Awards are only for students who have never won a secondary award in the STANSW Young Scientist Awards and at least 4 (** now at least 5**) of the 8 (**now 10 awards**) awards are to be for students from low SES schools.

A Gold Award of $600 will be presented to the best entry with 3 Silver Awards of $300 and 4 (**now 6**) Bronze Awards of $200 to the next best entries, totaling $2,300 (**now $2,700**) in prize-money.

Top national BHPBFSEA winners are all from STANSW Young Scientist

Two days ago at a Presentation Ceremony that was held in Melbourne for the 2018 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, STANSW Young Scientists won the top three awards, the first state to ever achieve this feat. Minh Nga Nguyen (middle) from Sydney Girls High School won the Investigations category, Oliver Nicholls (left) from Barker College won the Engineering category and Lachlan Bolton (right) from Redeemer Baptist School won second place in Engineering.

As well as winning more that $10,000 in prize money between them they each will be representing Australia in May at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Pittsburgh. Details and videos of their projects and the other national finalists’ projects can be found on the BHPBFSEA website.

Primary school and semi-finalist results are yet to be released.

How to engage primary students with STEM in the classroom – ABC Splash

How to engage primary students with STEM

ABC Splash recently hosted a live chat with ICT integrator Ian Fairhurst. He talked about the importance of STEM in Primary Schools and then answered the questions posted during the event.

The key takeaway was that of identifying and maximising student passion and creativity, and that facilitating real world skills in learning activities is essential when teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to primary students.

Further boost in prizes

Australian scientific equipment supplier Rowe Scientific has committed significant financial support to ASTA and each state Science Teachers’ Association over the next 5 years. The STANSW Young Scientist Awards will benefit by receiving $10,000 annually, for which $8,000 will go directly into student and school prizes. This $8,000 will be allocated to the following three areas:

  1. $3,000 will go towards 3 grants of $1,000 for schools that are either rural or remote, have a high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds or have rowe_logo (1)a high portion of indigenous students. Schools who satisfy one or more of these criteria and have two or more entries from Year 7-12 students in the 2016 STANSW Young Scientist Awards are eligible for one of these grants. Each grant will include at least $500 in resources (scientific equipment selected by the grant-winning school) and a visit from a Young Scientist Committee member who will run a training session for the staff of the grant-winning school.
  2. $700 will go towards prizes of $400, $200 and $100 for the Rowe Scientific Equipment Prize for three Year 7-12 students who best utilise scientific equipment in designing their solution to a scientific or technological problem.
  3. $4,300 will be allocated to increasing the value of all Working Scientifically, Working Technologically and Working Mathematically category awards by at least $50. Now, all of our 36 primary category awards and 36 secondary category awards will be at least $100 in value. Rowe Scientific are specifically contributing to extra prizemoney for secondary students and funds from BHP Billiton Foundation are being redirected to increase our primary prizes.

Exciting new prize from Sebel

2016 SSEBEL LOGO-TOP OPTION-CMYKebel Testing & Evaluation Prize

The Young Scientist Committee is very pleased to announce a new prize offered by our Principal Sponsor, Sebel Furniture. Based on the high level of quality control that Sebel displays in the design and manufacture of their products, they are looking for students who display the same meticulous and rigorous testing of their results or final products.

Three prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to the best K-12 entries. The project may be a survey where the student has taken hundreds of samples, an investigation involving multiple trials or the production of an innovative device or application incorporating rigorous testing and evaluation.