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:
$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 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.
$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.
$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.
Four of our six ISEF finalists (66.7%) won Grand Awards for their projects at the recent 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Phoenix. On a comparative scale, 26.1% of the 1768 ISEF finalists from 77 countries came away with a Grand Award. A tremendous result for our Young Scientist ISEF team!
Meanwhile James Poyitt (Redeemer Baptist School) won a $48,000 USD four-year scholarship at the University of Arizona in the Special Awards Ceremony. His project is featured in a Science News article.
Congratulations to one of our most successful teams ever!
Four students from the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Fair team also won prizes, including NSW student, Madeline Maloof (PLC, Sydney), who won a special award from the American Dental Association Foundation.
Framed by four of our ISEF Posters, printed by Limelight Digital, and decked in team shirts designed by our Principal Sponsor, Sebel Furniture, the Young Scientist team is minutes away from leaving Sydney Airport.
Arriving in Phoenix on Thursday, Grand Canyon on Friday, Harlem Globetrotters and a Hummer tour of the Sonoran Desert on Saturday, ISEF pin exchange on Sunday, Opening Ceremony on Monday, Nobel Prize Winners Panel on Tuesday, Judging on Wednesday, Public Presentation Day on Thursday and Grand Awards Ceremony on Friday – the students are set for a wonderful experience in Phoenix.
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.
The winner of the 2015 STANSW Young Scientist of the Year presented her investigation to a group of leading science education and industry representatives at BOSTES.
Jade Moxey won for her investigation ‘The Spread of Seeds through Cattle’ that examined which seeds, in particular weed seeds, germinated in cattle manure and their management. Her investigation has great significance in dealing with weed control and grazing management systems for agriculture, particularly in cattle related industries.
Jade’s presentation was well received and the group, which included BOSTES Science Inspector, Kerry Sheehan, provided constructive feedback to assist her with her presentation skills and responses to scientific questions. Jade will next present her investigation, with our five other finalists, to a panel of judges at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona in May.
It was our intention to have our website completely ready for the start of Term 2. All the pages are ready to go except for “New STEM Categories” , “Prizes” and “How to Enter” pages. All our Judging Rubrics are ready to go, including the rubrics for the new MANSW Working Scientifically category. These final pages will be updated over the next week and it will include links to the MANSW and IIATE websites for Mathematics and Technology teachers.
During the next week, we will be adding a new 2016 ISEF webpage where you will be able to follow the daily progress of our ISEF and Broadcom MASTERS International team who are departing for the US on Thursday 5th May. We will be adding daily posts to this website and you can follow the student’s progress on our facebook page . You can also read a special featured article of our team on ABC Splash.
The Young Scientist committee is very pleased to announce a major STEM initiative that should inspire inquiry-based learning in Science, Technology, Engineering Studies and Maths classes across New South Wales.
In an unprecedented move, the respective professional teacher associations that represent STEM education in NSW have collaborated together with the common purpose of building a better Australia by engaging students in the whole Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Enterprise.
From 2016, the restructured STANSW Young Scientist Awards will now feature the categories Working Scientifically, Working Technologically and Working Mathematically. The number of committed prizes have also dramatically increased from 86 in 2015 to at least 127 in 2016 (see diagram below).
Students will STILL be requested to conduct a scientific investigation and/or design and build a model of an innovative device or application.
For the Mathematical Association of NSW Inc‘s “MANSW Working Mathematically Awards”, projects will be assessed on the extent that the investigation or innovation incorporates the interrelated components of Working Mathematically.
STANSW, IIATE and MANSW are all keen to be involved in this major STEM initiative and are desirous that students get involved in a project that achieves outcomes across each Working Scientifically, Working Technologically & Working Mathematically strand. Details of each Category Award will be sent to all NSW schools, immediately after Easter.