Our Young Scientist Awards aims to encourage and support the teaching and development of investigative skills in Science. Being NSW’s largest STEM competition, it offers students from Kindergarten to Year 12 the opportunity to investigate and dive deep into an area of interest in either Science, Maths or Technology. The program provides teachers with invaluable resources and professional learning opportunities and students the opportunity to compete for over 150 prizes worth over $29,000. 

The Young Scientist categories are curriculum based and link directly to NSW curriculum outcomes.  The competition includes stage-based categories K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 with the Year 11-12 category specifically targeting Depth Studies required by the new curriculum for all senior science subjects. We collaborate with MANSW (Mathematics Association of NSW) and IIATE (Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education) to ensure a truly collaborative STEM program.

All Award Prize winners get to compete nationally in the BHP Billiton Science Awards and top winning students have the opportunity to compete internationally at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held annually in the U.S. 

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Teacher involvement in the Young Scientist Awards offers the opportunity for outstanding professional development and learning opportunities. Teachers can earn NESA accredited professional development hours by participating in the judging process. If you are interested please contact youngscientist@stansw.asn.au.