Exciting new prize from Sebel

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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.

NSW Young Scientist of the Year visits BOSTES

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.

BOSTES meeting with JadeJade’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.

Departing from Sydney on Thursday, we invite you to follow their progress on our new ISEF 2016 Facebook Page and on our ISEF 2016 Updates webpage that will have its first update on Friday 6th May.

Welcome to Term 2

Website nearing Completion

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.

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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.

Major STEM Initiative

MANSW & IIATE join Young Scientist

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 Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales Inc‘s “STANSW Scientific Investigation Awards”, projects will be assessed on the level of Working Scientifically outcomes that have been achieved.

For the Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education‘s “IIATE Models and Innovation Awards”, projects will be assessed on the level of the Working Technologically outcomes that have been achieved.

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.

Welcome to an Exciting Year for Young Scientist!

An Incredible Four Months!


The STANSW Young Scientist Committee would like to announce that since the 4th November Presentation Ceremony, our level of sponsorship and number of prizes has increased dramatically. Our number of committed prizes has increased from 83 (totaling  $11,300) to 116 prizes (totaling $17,700). As well as gaining a number of new sponsors, many of our existing sponsors have committed to doubling or even tripling their sponsorship contributions.                          

NSWYS LogoThis incredible 4-month period commenced with the securing of Sebel Furniture as our Principal Sponsor. Sebel made it possible to send an ISEF team to Phoenix in May, 2016, and further significant contributions by one of our existing Major Sponsors, Intel Foundation and our new Major Sponsor, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has made it possible to send a full contingent of six students to ISEF. We are thrilled to have the Australian Government supporting our STEM-focused project in the current climate of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

For the same reason, we are thrilled to have the Institute of Industrial Arts and Technology Education (IIATE) commit to sponsor our Models and Inventions awards for the next three years. It will be now known as the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards and will see the Young Scientist Awards promoted in Technology departments across NSW.

Best Resource Available

2015 Winning Projects now Accessible


Thanks to the consent of 75  of our 79 prizewinners and parents from the 2015 STANSW Young Scientist Awards we have a most valuable resource that is unique to our competition. In our Great Resources page we have uploaded their projects which consist of reports, logbooks, folios, posters and even videos that cover every single category, age level and sponsored award. This resource includes the projects of our youngest K-2 prizewinner though to our 2015 Young Scientist of the Year.

For teachers, parents and students new to science projects, the 2015 Past Winning Projects is the best resource you will ever find. There is no set formula for setting out a project, however, following the order of one or two of these projects is the best way to start.

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For teachers wanting to get their students inspired to undertake an IIATE Models and Innovations entry, have a look at our Young Scientist Youtube Channel which has 3-5 minute videos of our best projects from 2013-2015. As well as being entertaining, you will quickly see that every student has the opportunity to come up with some ingenious and innovative devices.

Strong Performance by NSW Students

2016 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards Results


Eight NSW Young Scientist finalists recently competed at the 2016 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards which were held in Melbourne.

From the 26 national finalists, four of the six prizewinners were from NSW. Their abstracts and video excerpts can be viewed on the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards website.


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In order from top left in a clockwise direction our prizewinners are: 1st Engineering ($4,000) – Macinley Butson, The Illawarra Grammar School; 2nd Engineering ($3,000) – Samuel Kantor, Moriah College; 2nd Investigations ($3,000) – Jade Moxey, Sapphire Coast Anglican School & 3rd Investigations ($1,500) – Madeleine Maloof, Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney.


ISEF Finalists and Broadcom Delegate Announced

The first three NSW students have now been selected

The STANSW Young Scientist Committee is pleased to announce the first three finalists who will be representing Australia at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona in May. These students were selected from our top finalists by our independent ISEF panel: Dagmar Arthur McCloughan (Chair, ACARA Education Consultant), Associate Professor Kerry Hitos (Biomedical Scientist) and Vatche Ansourian (Science Advisor 7-12, NSW Department of Education and Communities)


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Jade Moxey, Sapphire Coast Anglican College, The spread of seeds through cattle

This is a project dear to any farmer’s heart! Jade has investigated what seeds are ingested by cattle in her local area and then germinate through their manure. The significance is that plants are then transferred to other areas. Jade showed that a limited number of species beneficial to a farming operation germinated, such as Ryegrass, Kikuyu and Clover. She also found that noxious weeds, such as Fireweed, can easily spread via the rudiments of livestock.

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James Poyitt, Redeemer Baptist School,  Leg-e-vator

As anyone who has suffered from leg injury would know, it is often difficult to follow the doctor’s orders and keep it elevated. James saw this struggle when his brother had an injured foot, and decided to do something about it. His device would allow for the correct elevation of an injured leg when a person is seated. James put a lot of work into the final design: a portable, comfortably fitted device that does a simple job well.

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Samuel Kantor, Moriah College, Eye ConnectIMG_9421

For individuals with upper body paralysis, assistive software is often necessary to access digital technology. Samuel saw just how expensive this software could be, and created “Eye Connect”, the first free cross-platform assistive software for upper body paralysis. The software may be controlled by small movements of the head or the blink of an eye, using a computer’s built-in webcam. It is an affordable alternative to conventional methods to assist the severely disabled from impoverished backgrounds.




We are grateful for our new Major Sponsor, Sebel Furniture, who has provided the funds to send these three students to the 2016 ISEF at Phoenix. We are also pleased to inform every NSW student and teacher that Sebel will also be funding a trip to 2017 ISEF at Los Angeles for the best students in the upcoming 2016 STANSW Young Scientist Awards, which previously has involved a trip to Disneyland.

Sebel Furniture: Major Sponsor has provided funds for 3 finalists and 1 chaperone and they have indicated if we can source another $6,000 then they will complement this with more funds to enable a team of 6 students and 2 chaperones to represent Young Scientist at ISEF 2016 at Phoenix! We therefore request extra sponsorship from any potential sponsor who would like to support our International program to enable us to gather this extra $6,000. We can then open the last three envelopes and have a team of 6 students, once again due to the generosity of Sebel Furniture: Major Sponsor.


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For the last three years, the STANSW Young Scientist ISEF team have been accompanied by a Year 7 or 8 student who has joined 25 other international delegates, taking part in a special program for middle school students that runs in conjunction with ISEF. The Year 7 or 8 student is selected for their ability to conduct an outstanding science project and a keen ability to communicate their findings at a high level. The winner of this all-expenses paid trip to Phoenix, funded by Broadcom  is:

Lily Yang, Meriden School, The effects of taste on memory

Lily investigated the effects of taste on memory. Three groups of 10 subjects were either given no drink, a drink they liked or a drink they disliked before viewing some visual material. They were then given 10 questions on a piece of paper 20 minutes after viewing this material and the data collected from this investigation concluded that the effects of taste on memories of facts and information were not beneficial, but rather negative.

Sebel Furniture, our new Major Sponsor is sponsoring STANSW Young Scientist ISEF team!

STANSW Young Scientist Team heading to Phoenix in May 2016

We have some wonderful news!

We now have an ISEF team going to Phoenix in May 2016!

Not only that, we also have funding for a team to go to ISEF 2017 which is being held in Los Angeles and the winners for this will be announced at our 2016 Presentation Ceremony!

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This has all SEBEL LOGO-TOP OPTION-CMYKbeen made possible by Sebel Furniture, an Australian company founded by Harry Sebel 60 years ago. Sebel Furniture has been providing chairs and furnishings for NSW schools for many years and they see this sponsorship as a way of giving something back to the NSW educational sector who have been most supportive of their business for these years.

Sebel Furniture: Major Sponsor has provided funds for 3 finalists and 1 chaperone and they have indicated if we can source another $6,000 then they will complement this with more funds to enable a team of 6 students and 2 chaperones to represent Young Scientist at ISEF 2016 at Phoenix!


Rural teen wins ABC Rural: Young Scientist of the Year after studying cow poo and weed spread

Year 10 student, Jade Moxey has become the first Young Scientist of the Year to hail from the south coast of NSW.

The year-long science project involved investigating which seeds eaten by cattle could still germinate from their manure.

Read more about this tremendous achievement at the ABC Rural News Site 

Jade Moxley from NSW wins Young Scientist of the Year