Opportunities For Teachers

21 July 2021 – Important Update – Please note changes to dates

Register for Judging in 2021 – a most worthwhile professional development activity

Help us with the Judging of the Young Scientist Awards at state level and gain valuable professional development experience!

In 2021 we are expecting that every school that enters projects into the Young Scientist Awards, provide at least one teacher who will take part in judging. 

You don’t have to be a teacher to judge – we welcome anyone with an interest and background in science – we will train you!

ALL training and judging in 2021 will be continue to be conducted completely ONLINE.

Judging sessions will be a mix of synchronous sessions (judges working together online) and asynchronous sessions (judges assessing assigned projects at times of their choosing).

Judging will commence with a synchronous session (initial judging of projects – video conferencing coordinated by a senior assessor) and conclude with another synchronous session (final judging deliberation – video conferencing coordinated by a senior assessor). Between these two session, judges will have a number of days to assess allocated projects in their own time (monitored by a senior assessor). 

Training will also be online.

You can choose to judge at ONE or MORE of Science, Technology (Engineering) and Mathematics judging events. Please look at the details of dates and times of sessions carefully as there is some overlap. 

You may nominate to judge Primary or Secondary.  The categories for Years 7-12 Scientific Investigations are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Environmental Science.

It is preferred that judges register for the whole of judging for a particular category, eg. all three sessions for Science judging.

It is strongly recommended that judges participate in the first session for a particular category, as this is when processes will be established. (If this is not possible, please contact us directly so we can set up alternative arrangements for you to coordinate with your senior assessor)

For asynchronous sessions judges will assess projects at times of their choosing, between the dates shown.

Please check the schedule below and fill out the Judging Registration Form to register for judging in 2021.

Schedule of 2021 Judging Sessions

Primary Technology Saturday, 23 October
2 pm – 5 pm
3 hours
Primary Technology24 – 29 October (Asynchronous)4 hours (expected)
Primary Technology Saturday, 30 October
2 pm – 5 pm
3 hours
Primary Science Saturday, 23 October
9 am – 12 midday
3 hours
Primary Science24 – 29 October (Asynchronous)4 hours (expected)
Primary ScienceSaturday, 30 October
9 am – 12 midday
3 hours
Primary Maths Friday, 15 October
5 pm – 7 pm
2 hours
Primary MathsFriday, 22 October
5 pm – 7 pm
2 hours
Secondary Science Saturday, 9 October
9 am – 12 midday
3 hours
Secondary Science10 -15 October (Asynchronous)4 hours (expected)
Secondary Science Saturday, 16 October
9 am – 12 midday
3 hours
Secondary Technology Saturday, 9 October
2 pm – 5 pm
3 hours
Secondary Technology10 – 15 October (Asynchronous)4 hours (expected)
Secondary Technology Saturday, 16 October
2 pm – 5 pm
3 hours
Secondary Maths Monday, 18 October 5 pm – 7 pm2 hours
Secondary Maths Monday, 25 October 5 pm – 7 pm2 hours

If you have any questions about judging please leave a comment below, or contact the Young Scientist Judging Coordinator by email at JudgingYS@stansw.asn.au

Completing Young Scientist Assessor Training or Young Scientist Judging can contribute to teacher’s elective Professional Development hours addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

  • 5.3.2 Understand and participate in assessment moderation activities to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.
  • 6.3.2 Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.
  • 7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.


10 thoughts on “Opportunities For Teachers

  1. Karl Easton

    Hello team …..a good month ago….i put in an application for YS judging. I judged last year. No reply at this point in time. Could someone get back to me when you get a chance.

  2. STANSW YS Post author

    Hi Karl,

    Yes you did fill out an application form on 6th June and submitted it at 3:55pm. You should have received a confirmation email at this time – can you please check. However I can confirm that your application was successful and you should be receiving a follow-up email next week with details of training times and venues.


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  4. Russell Cairns

    Hi Team – please check the Google Form for Judging 2019 – not accepting responses – thanks
    Also is there separate training for the Engineering k-6 judging
    Russell Cairns

  5. STANSW YS Post author

    HI Russell – we were in the process of updating the form with 2019 dates which may have been the reason for that. It should be fine now. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and early registration 🙂 We don’t do a separate training event for K-6 Engineering but on the day we would split up into K-6 and 7-12 groups to look at specific projects. Hope that answers your question.

  6. Trish Ireland


    I am A rural teacher and would have to fly to sydney and accommodation for overnight judging. Is this a cost covered by STANSW or would the school need to cover these cost?

    Trish Ireland

  7. STANSW YS Post author

    Hi Trish,

    Where do you live as we have a Rural Judging Hub?

    Young Scientist Committee

  8. Taran


    I just registered my interest for judging this competition for the first time this year. Where and when would I receive training details? As the judging will commence on Sat. 12th Sept.


  9. STANSW YS Post author

    You will be sent details in the next 24 hours.

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