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!

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.

ISEF 2018 – Day 4 Opening Ceremony

After getting all their projects signed off and ready for judging, the finalists enjoyed the Opening Ceremony dinner and performance by DJ Ravi. This was followed by truly inspirational speeches by The Society for Science and Public director Maya Ajmera and the keynote by Australian scientist Genevieve Bell. She had a special shout out to the Australian contingent which was very much appreciated by all the students.

ISEF 2018 – Day 1

The STANSW Young Scientist ISEF 2018 team enjoyed visiting the Amish County today. It was a fascinating insight into a unique culture and way of life.

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.

Intel ISEF 2017 Results




Dear Young Scientist Supporters,

We are over the moon, here in LA. We have just finished the 2017 Intel ISEF Grand Awards Ceremony and our girls have performed tremendously. Last year was our previous best performance with four 4th place Grand Award prizes and 1 special Award.

This year we won the same number of awards but our level of achievement was higher again. We received a 1st, two 3rd’s and a 4th Grand Award and one Special Award last night.

This is the first time that any Australian student has ever won a 1st place award at ISEF in the 17 years that we have competed.

Our 2016 Young Scientist of the Year, Macinley Butson from The Illawarra Grammar School took out the first place award in a category called Translational Medical Science.

Mary-Anne Poyitt from Redeemer Baptist School took out 3rd place in Plant Sciences.
Rebekah Kang from PLC Sydney took out 3rd place in Energy Environmental.

Jade Moxey from Sapphire Coast Anglican School took out 4th place in the category of Animal Sciences.

Last night Eleanor Lawton-Wade from PLC Sydney won a Special Award with the King Abdul-Aziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity Award

Finally, our sixth student, Maddison King from Meriden School has already had her project published by Science News https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/teens-invention-can-warn-deadly-rip-currents and she was interviewed by CNN https://www.facebook.com/michaelapereira5/videos/1626436927383772/.

For more details and some wonderful recorded live-streaming footage please have a look at our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/stanswyoungscientist/videos/

Finally, thank you to everyone who have supported the team, this was a group effort and NSW STEM Education should be extremely proud of the achievements of these 6 young ladies.


Stuart Garth

On behalf of the Young Scientist ISEF Team
#IntelISEF #IntelISEF2017 #stansw #stem

Intel ISEF Team Profile – Eliza Martin Year 9 – An Investigation Into The Effect Of Slack Fill In Chip Packets

Broadcom MASTERS International 2017 Delegate (Sponsored by Broadcom, but still part of the Young Scientist team)

Ever noticed how much air is in a chip packet? Eliza set out to investigate whether the presence of air really does help reduce chip breakage, as claimed by the manufacturers. She filled bags with chips and varying volumes of air and then dropped a mass on each. By counting how many fragments resulted she was able to establish that that air does help cushion the chips. So, if you don’t like your chips whole then be grateful for all the air in the package!

Intel ISEF Team Profile – Mary-Anne Poyitt – ‘Up the creek’

Bushfires and other damage to bushland have an enormous impact on the surrounding environment and the delicate ecological balance. Mary-Anne used ANONA Analysis and the Simpson Index to test species variation in a bushland environment by three measures: the soil type, distance from the creek and elevation from the creek. Her study may help ecologists revive plants near creeks and in other natural environments in Australia.