Thank you for your overwhelming response to our training and judging sessions for 2020. We have gone completely online to account for COVID-19 restrictions, and have been so happy to welcome so many of our colleagues in regional and rural NSW.
Yes – we are running the 2020 Young Scientist Awards program! It has required adjustments in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic but we are ready to roll!
Our project submission deadlines have been adjusted to take into account later HSC deadlines. Secondary Investigations are due on Wednesday 9th September, Secondary Technology projects are due on Friday 11th September and all Primary entries are due on Wednesday 16th September. ALL entries must be submitted entirely online. Click on the How to Enter tab to the right for all details.
All our judging and associated training sessions are completely online this year.
Please make sure to use all the amazing resources on our site to plan for your or your students investigations and projects.
All winners of the 2019 Young Scientist awards were announced at a grand ceremony at the University of Wollongong on Friday 1st November. 155 individual awards were announced totalling over $28,000 in cash prizes.
Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith, astrophysicist and Women in STEM Ambassador delivered an inspirational keynote address to a packed lecture theatre.
Romilly Merani from PLC, Sydney was awarded the Budding Young Scientist (K-2), Emma Wood from Castle Cove Public School was awarded the Primary Young Scientist (3-6) and Angelina Arora from Sydney Girls High School is our 2019 Young Scientist of the Year. Congratulations to all award winners!!
We received a record number of 920+ entries in our program this year. Over three consecutive weekends a small army of dedicated judges took on the mammoth task of judging all these entries, including a successful Regional Judging Hub at the University of New England, Armidale.
The 2019 winners of the Working Technologically category of the Young Scientist Awards competition were announced at a special ceremony at the PTC (Professional Teachers Council) offices in Auburn on Saturday 7th September, 2019.
The ceremony followed a science fair where student entrants had the opportunity to present their projects to an audience of judges, parents and teachers.
Congratulations to all entrants and winners! The judges were blown away by your creativity!
NSW students shone once again at the International Science & Engineering Fair 2019 with four Grand Prizes!
Eliza Martin – 4th Place in Biomedical & Health Science;
Callum Predavec – 4th Place in Mathematics and an Honorary Mention Special Award from NASA;
Emma Serisier – 3rd Place in Animal Science; and
Macinley Butson – 2nd Place in Translational Medicine and Special Award from the China Association for Science & Technology.
Our team of excited young students and accompanying chaperones, family and teachers are making final preparations to travel to Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A. to represent Australia and NSW at Intel ISEF 2019!
Our team of 9 ISEF delegates and our BroadCom Masters representative will compete with 1800+ students from all over the world (80+ countries) at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) – the largest science fair for high school students in the world. The team includes our first Mathematics delegate and will be accompanied by teacher chaperones from the Young Scientist committee as well as the Rural Young Scientist Teacher Ambassador.
The range and depth of the student projects is truly inspiring – please visit back soon to see profiles of each delegate, with a description of their projects.
We will be keeping in touch while we are in Phoenix via a range of social media platforms. Please follow our progress via
Our team of 9 students and 4 chaperones are headed to Phoenix, U.S.A. in May to represent NSW and Australia at Intel ISEF 2019 (The International Science and Engineering Fair). The team consists of:
Callum Predavec, Mosman High School: Planetary Transfer Calculator Callum will be our first ever Mathematics entry in ISEF
Macinley Butson, The Illawarra Grammar School: The Smart System
Kelvin Du, Newington College:Investigating humidity related nuisance alarms in smoke detectors
Emma Serisier, Bishop Druitt College: The Use of of chickens as bio-recyclers of household organic waste
Isaac Heagney, St. Columba Anglican College: SARFISH Safety Alert for Rock Fishing
Angelina Arora, Sydney Girls High School: The Effect of Algae on Oil Spill Remediation
Eliza Martin, PLC Sydney: The Development of a Novel Treatment for Lactose Intolerance Using Synbiotic Formulations
Sophie Angus, PLC Sydney: Using coriander to remove lead from contaminated water
Olivia Arvanitis, Meriden School: Water Monitoring System
The team will also include our Broadcom Masters representative
Dean Chapman, MacAuley Catholic College: To grow or not to grow….that is the question
We are grateful for funding from our new sponsors: The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (through their Supporting Young Scientists Program SYSP) and CrookEd Science along with our Principal Sponsor The Sapphire Foundation for making it possible for us to send the whole complement of 9 projects to ISEF.
Please return back for more posts highlighting each of our talented delegates’ projects.
Congratulations to all the winners at the BHP Foundation Science & Engineering Awards!
We are really proud of the efforts by the NSW representatives who have done amazingly well! Our students took out 5 of the 7 awards at the wonderful ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 5th February.
James Casey-Brown won 3rd place in engineering category with his “Surf Safe”, a device that uses a CO2 cylinder to inflate a buoyant ring to help save lives of people at beaches.
Lucy Lake won 2nd place in Engineering for her “Phase3”, a biomimicry inspired design for a rowing oar. The oar design is based on the whale tubercle.
Anne Zimmerman and Tiara Meier won 2nd place in Science Investigations into “Soil Biology:The missing link in Pasture Production”. They applied chemical and biological amendments to increase soil health and then compared which gave the best results in restoring soil.
Macinley Butson won 1st place in Investigations for “The SMART System” which incorporates two new devices to reduce unwanted skin damage during radiotherapy cancer treatment.
Macinley Butson had another win, this time in the Innovator to Market category for “The SODIS Sticker”. This is a sticker that accurately measures solar UV exposure required to sanitise water to a high degree of accuracy.
Tomorrow at 2pm, the winners of the Student and Teacher Awards for the 2019 BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards will be announced. NSW has equalled their best ever representative record with 13 of the 26 national finalists coming from the STANSW Young Scientist Awards.
The names of the semi-finalists and the primary winners are yet to be released.