In the News

Young Scientists are in the news in 2018!!

2018 has been an amazing year for our program and we have justifiably had a reasonable amount of coverage in the press both here in Australia as well as overseas. Here are just a few links to a myriad of news articles/television interviews/videos about our talented young scientists and engineers. 

Australian of the Year Honour Roll Macinley Butson STANSW Young Scientist 2017 and NSW Young Australian of the Year 2018

Sydney Morning Herald: Education Supplement March 2018 Featuring Jade Moxey and Lachlan Bolton

Channel 7 News Interview with Oliver Nicholls

Channel 7 Sunrise Interview with Oliver Nicholls

ABC News  Interview with Oliver Nicholls

Channel 10 The Project  Oliver Nicholls – Guest

Sydney Morning Herald: May 23 2018 Feature on Oliver Nicholls

2GB Macinley Butson on the Alan Jones show

Illawarra Mercury May 19 2018 Feature on Macinley Butson and Jade Moxey

Newcastle Herald Featuring Jade Moxey, Macinley Butson and Oliver Nicholls

Bega District News Feature on Jade Moxey

What’s Next For Pittsburgh Featuring Lachlan Bolton, Emma Serisier – Rural Young Scientist 2017 and Oliver Nicholls

The Daily Advertiser Feature on Jenny Stephens – 2017 Rural Young Scientist Teacher Awardee and Chaperone to ISEF 2018

2015 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards Announced

February 5th 2015

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we can announce that Philippa Miller, our NSW Teacher representative in the 2015 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards has won the Teacher Award at this event, held in Melbourne, on Tuesday 3rd February. Philippa, who teaches at MLC School, Burwood has embedded open-ended scientific investigations into cross-curriculum Collaborative Learning Projects within her Junior School.


CSIRO Board Member, Professor Tom Spurling presenting the 2015 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Teacher Award to Philippa Miller with ASTA President Robyn Aitken.

For most of her 21 years of teaching at MLC School, Philippa has been integrally involved in the running and organising of the STANSW Young Scientist Awards. She has been a member of the Young Scientist Committee for more than 10 years and she is currently the Senior Assessor of the Primary categories. In 2011, she received a STANSW Distinguished Service Award for her contribution to our Association, for which she is a current Councillor.

As the teacher winner, Philippa will be accompanying the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Team at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Pittsburgh, in May 2015.

Our five student finalists, however, did not win any of the major awards, although they all performed magnificently in what would have to be the highest standard in the history of the awards. Two of our student finalists, Alexandra Garth and Benjamin Gibson also featured in their promotional video A small video was also produced at the BHP Billiton Camp with features short segments of each of the 26 finalists. Go to the link and scroll down till you come to the embedded video.

2105 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards Announced

January 24th 2015

Earlier today, the results of the 2105 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards were uploaded onto their new website. I am pleased to say that New South Wales have performed extremely well, winning 48 of the 174 (28%) of the awards on offer. Go to theBHP website to see our results. With 28% of all the awards, we outperformed all other states and territories, with only Queensland (24%) and Victoria (17%) having more than 10% of the awards.

Our best representation was in the Primary category with 4 of the 8 (50%) national Prizewinners coming from NSW. Each of these students have won $250. Then 19 out of 72 (26%) of Primary Encouragement Award winners were from NSW. They will each win a special prize pack.

In the secondary category 5 of the 26 (19%) national Finalists are from NSW. They will be travelling to Melbourne next Saturday to attend a four-day science camp, with the Presentation Ceremony on Tuesday 3rd February. We wish those students all the best. Then NSW has 20 of the 68 (29%) Semi-finalists in the secondary category. They will each receive $100.

Well done, once again, to all our NSW students who have done us proud!

NSW students dominate Engineering category in the upcoming 2015 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards

January 12th 2015

The 26 finalists in the national BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards have been announced and NSW students comprise 4 of the 8 finalists in the Engineering category. Our 4 Engineering finalists are Chanum Torres and Ben Gibson, Redeemer Baptist School; Oliver Nicholls, Barker College and Ethan Butson, The Illawarra Grammar School. Ethan won the Engineering category in these national awards last year. All 4 students were award winners in the Models and Inventions category of the 2014 STANSW Young Scientist Awards.

A fifth NSW student, Alexandra Garth of Redeemer Baptist School, who took out 2nd place in the Years 10-12 Models and Inventions category is representing our state in the Investigations category at the 2015 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards. Alexandra’s model was an application of her extensive research which took out 1st place in Biology at the STANSW Young Scientist Awards.

We wish all these students well, when they compete in this national competition from 31st January to 3rd February 2015. For those teachers who are still wondering, they have not yet released the names of the secondary semi-finalists or primary winners in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.


Innovative primary students impress at the 2014 Young Scientist Awards

November 2014

Close to a hundred school students from around NSW converged on the University of Wollongong on Monday 27 October for the annual STANSW Young Scientist Awards. A major initiative of the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW, the Awards aim to foster innovation, creativity and a love of science in children from Kindergarten to Year 12. Over $10,000 was awarded to the state finalists and three Year 9-12 students won the UOW sponsored Intel ISEF prize, which will see them representing Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Pittsburgh, USA, in May 2015.

“This event celebrates the amazing talent that we have in NSW schools and it has been particularly encouraging to see the growth and the amazing diversity of ideas in our primary age categories. We had a staggering 57% increase in our primary entries this year,” Stuart Garth, Coordinator of the STANSW Young Scientist Awards, said. Thirty-three students, representing fifteen different schools, shared the $2,800 prize money allocated to primary school students.

Dr Karl

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, who announced the winners of the Models and Inventions category at The University of Sydney Open Day was intrigued by this rain-activated clothes-line cover, produced by Year 6, Holy Family Primary School student, Antonino Furfaro.

The Budding Young Scientist Award for the best overall Years K-2 entry was awarded to Adrian Burns from Redeemer Baptist School for his Boomerang Tab, a new ring-pull shape to make it easier for opening aluminium cans.

Mia Cameron, a Year 6 student at Abbotsleigh Junior School took out the Primary Young Scientist Award with her experiment that clearly showed algal growth is increased when additional CO2 is added to the growing environment. By setting up algae farms near power plants, they will be able to capture the excess CO2, which can then be harvested for use as biofuels.

2015 promises to be an even bigger year with the STANSW Young Scientist Awards offering new awards for students in primary schools that did not enter in 2014, so start planning now

Star Fish

Your students could be like Harry Wood, from Castle Cove Public School who won $150, for timing how long starfish take to flip over and having great fun at the same time.


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