Tasmanian Science Talent Search 2018 “Game Changers who are Change Makers”

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SCIENTIFIC VIDEO (This section is replacing Digital Interactives in 2018)

Curriculum Links:

AC: Science: Science as a Human Endeavour, Science Inquiry Skills

AC English: Literacy

AC Digital Technology: Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills

AC General Capabilities: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability
A scientific video lets students engage in a rich, cross-curriculum learning opportunity. Entrants must research a scientist, or scientific discovery, that is a Game Changer or a Change Maker in accordance with this year’s theme. They must then plan, create and publish a video to communicate a scientific message to an identified target audience.

Entries should be produced that document or profile:

  • A Game Changing scientific discovery that has had a primarily positive effect on the world;

  • A Change Making scientist whose work has contributed to humanity;

  • Cutting Edge scientific research that has realistic potential to bring change in 10-20 years; or

  • A current Tasmanian Scientist, Researcher or Research Team whose work focuses on positive change in Tasmania. This could be research that is exclusively focused on Tasmania or research that is conducted in Tasmania but which has national or international potential.


  1. The entry must clearly have scientific content related to an identified aspect of the topic – Game Changers and Change Makers as specified above.

  2. Entrants must submit:

    1. An original video of up to 3 minutes duration.

    2. Videos should have 5 seconds of black screen before and 5 seconds of black screen recorded after the main content. Therefore, the total maximum video duration is 3:10.

    3. Acknowledgements of all references used and help received – this should be included as credits in the video production.

    4. Provide either a USB or upload your video to Vimeo. Files supplied by USB should be recognised formats such as MP4 and WMV.

NOTE: Check that any links work and USBs work on different computers as entries which do not play cannot be judged.
Judging Criteria:

  1. Scientific content (significance and relevance)

  2. Originality

  3. Production Quality

  4. How well it communicates information to the identified audience.

Shipment for Judging: Please pack appropriately for the safety of the USB device used or upload to Vimeo and provide the link.
Professional Learning to support this new section: An information session dedicated to assisting teachers prepare students for the Scientific Video division will be held at West Launceston Primary School on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 4:00pm. Other information sessions may be provided by negotiation.


TSTS information sessions are being offered around the state

STAT will be offering free after school information sessions in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie. We will also offer regional sessions upon negotiation. E.g. North East, East Coast, West Coast and so on. The TSTS Director will be contacting schools in your area to negotiate an appropriate time and setting to meet the local needs. If you are in a more rural school and would like to discuss this then contact the TSTS Director, Doug Grubert on dgrubert@lcgs.tas.edu.au

Dates for Introduction Sessions to TSTS in major centres:

  • Launceston – Wednesday March 21st, 4.00pm at East Launceston Primary School

  • Hobart – Thursday March 29th, 4.00pm at the Sustainability Centre, Mount Nelson

  • Burnie – Saturday March 25th, during CONSTAT 2018 @ Hellyer Burnie

  • Introductory sessions in other rural centres can also be arranged on request

Support for the Scientific Video Section

STAT will offer Professional Learning to support the Scientific Video Section. An information session dedicated to assisting teachers prepare students for the Scientific Video division will be held at West Launceston Primary School on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 4:00pm. Other information sessions may be provided by negotiation.

Support for the Technology Challenge:

STAT will offer professional learning sessions to support the Technology Challenge in Launceston and Hobart. Sessions in other areas may be arranged by negotiation. Watch the TSTS Professional Learning page http://stat.org.au/professional-learning-2/ for details as they are made available.

Dates for your diary: Launceston May 17th & Hobart May 24th.

Would you like some help?

Would you like further information? Contact the TSTS Director, Doug Grubert, with any questions by email on dgrubert@lcgs.tas.edu.au.

STAT has some experienced and helpful members who are willing to work with you as mentors – we will find someone to support you and help you get started.

Technology Challenge

Game-changer: moveable type


This challenge seeks to have students understand that the technology of written communication has undergone massive changes since hand-written communication only and has allowed education to be a program for the populace, not just the elite.
The challenge may be accepted in two ways - either as an investigation into the speed of written communication or as an investigation into the production and use of moveable type as a way of making multiple copies of something one wants another to read.
Moveable type was invented almost one thousand years ago, but it was another 400 plus years before it was made of metal to be used in a printing press.
With the invention of copying machines, computers and electronic printers, the speed of written communication has reached a level that was unimaginable in less than the lifetime of most adults.


The challenge:

The 2018 challenge has two parts and students may enter either or both:

  1. A whole class activity in which students produce multiple copies of a handwritten item - a poem of minimum 10 lines - record the time it takes to produce a copy for 25 students, and then have the same piece of work produced by a touch typist on a typewriter and on a word processor and printer.

Within this broad parameter, a class will produce a record of the project into written communication technology showing the development of the dissemination of information from hand-writing to present-day systems.

Within this investigation there is a range of possibilities. For example:

  • one child might write all 10 lines and then another start writing as in a relay, until 25 copies are produced; or

  • one child might write a line 25 times and then another child might complete the second line, and so on until 25 copies are produced; or

  • children may work in groups writing a few lines each until all 25 copies are made.

NOTE: legibility is a prime factor
The same poem should be taken to a touch typist in school, or out, and the typist might produce multiple

copies with carbon paper, if any can be found, or a single copy and produce multiples on a photocopier.

The same poem would then be given to a word processor to layout and print 25 copies.
In all cases, times should be recorded so that students understand how moveable type and the printing process changed forever the way in which written material is produced and received.
Note: the investigation should be written up in a report describing the process undertaken and the information obtained. There should also be some historical context to the report – how written work was originally disseminated, the development of moveable type and the printing press leading to faster methods of written communication.
Note: reports may be sent directly to the TSTS co-ordinator. There will be no public event for this part of the technology challenge.


  1. Individual students or small groups of students create moveable type – upper and lower-case letters, spaces and punctuation – from materials they will be best able to manage, and print multiple copies of words, an adage, a phrase or a sentence.

Materials for the moveable type could cardboard, vegetables (e.g. turnip) wood, clay, baked clay or dough, etc. There is no limit to the materials except the type must be created by the students.

A special category of the challenge will be created for those students who are able to visit a printer and acquire moveable metal type to meet the technology challenge. However, in acquiring this type, these students must show how they attempted to make and use their own type as well and report on the results.
On judging day, students must bring their moveable type, already set up in frames with a minimum of three lines of type on a page no larger than an A5. The reason for three lines is that in the printing process, spacing between words and lines is nearly as important as letters.
At the event, participants will be provided with paper, an inked table and dry rollers to print their work.

Students will be required to print five copies of the work and submit all five copies to the judges.

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