The Territory’s Young Scientists Awards

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Open Invitation & Overview of Competitions 2

Entry Form 5

Scientific Inquiry – Teacher Directed 6

Scientific Inquiry – Student Directed 8

Innovations & Inventions - Engineering 10

Scientific Communication – Poster 12

Scientific Communication - Model 13

Scientific Communication – Scientific Writing 14

Scientific Communication – Video 15

Scientific Communication - Multimedia 16

Recycled Bugs 17

Be Crocwise 18

STEM in the NT – My STEM Project 19

  • The Engineering Design Process 20

Prizes 22

BHP Billiton Awards 23

BHP Billiton Teacher Awards 24

CREST Awards 25

Open Invitation and Overview of Competitions
Would you like to know whatever you do at school could win you great prizes in the 2018 Territory Young Scientists’ Awards organised by the Science Teachers’ Association of the Northern Territory (STANT).

You are invited and encouraged to enter one or more of the following categories:

  1. Scientific Inquiry – Teacher Directed - Students complete a practical investigation where the variables are chosen by the teacher and an investigation of an effect is conducted         OR           Students complete a practical investigation where the  topic is directed by the teacher and the variables are chosen by the student and an investigation of an effect is conducted.

  1. Scientific Inquiry – Student directed – students complete a practical investigation where variables are altered and an investigation of an effect is conducted. The topic is independently chosen by the student and has a real world application

Entries in this category may be submitted for the BHP Billiton National Science Awards if they meet the National Criteria.

  1. Innovations and Inventions – Students build a physical device that demonstrates a scientific principle, solves a problem or provides a different approach to a problem. It should be a moving/working device and not static.

Entries in this category may be submitted for the BHP Billiton National Science Awards if they meet the National Criteria.

  1. Scientific Communication – Non Multimedia

    1. Posters - Students create a visually stimulating poster on a scientist or conveys a scientific principle, concepts or issues

    2. Models - Students make a labelled model that explain a scientific principle, issue or concept

    3. Scientific Writing - Students using written word convey a scientific principle, idea, issue or concept.  This can be done in various forms including a report, a storybook, a poem or an essay

  2. Scientific Communication – Multimedia –

    1. Video - Students submit a video, Go Animate, clay animation etc, that communicates a scientific principle, issue or concept.

    2. Web or computer based - Students using webpages, PowerPoint, electronic photo essays or another multimedia tool, communicates a scientific principle, issue or concept.

  1. Recycled Bugs – students create a bug using entirely recycled materials and explain its habitat and behaviour.

  1. Be Crocwise – students create an artefact (written piece, video, model or poster) that conveys the Be Crocwise message.

  2. STEM in the NT – My STEM Project – students submit a reflection on a STEM Inquiry Based Learning ( IBL) project they have completed at school.

For each of the above categories year level divisions apply, with individual and group awards in each division. (N.B.: Recycled Bugs only for primary levels) T-3 4-6 7-9 10-12
Six good reasons to enter the Territory Young Scientists Awards:

  1. Students can enter work they have done for school, no extra work required by the teacher is required.

  2. It’s a chance for students to further develop their scientific skills and pursue topics that interest them.

  3. There are several different age divisions, and lots of categories, so everyone has a chance to win prizes. In 2016, over $9000 in prizes were given across the different divisions.

  4. It’s an opportunity for students to show their great work to other Territory students and the general public.

  5. Research investigations may be entered into the National BHP Billiton Science Awards. Students who make the semi-finals of this national competition receive prizes, finalists receive a trip interstate and have the opportunity to win a trip overseas.

  6. Participation provides opportunities to address achievement standards from the Australian Curriculum and SACE Board Curriculum Statements.


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The Fine Print:

  • The competition coordinator is Veronica Ross, located at Darwin Middle School. For any queries and to submit entries, please contact:

Veronica Ross

C/ -Darwin Middle School

Atkins Drive, The Gardens, NT, 0820

Ph: 89222217

  • Entries can be submitted at any time of the year, closing date is 29th September 2018 (Friday of the last week of Term 3).

  • Please send all entries from your school for judging.

  • Bulky entries, such as large models, are difficult to send and often arrive for judging in poor condition. Teachers should take photos or videos of large models and send these as their entry if unable to bring to Darwin idle School.

  • Schools will be supplied with participation certificates for all competition entries.

  • Prizes and winners certificates will be presented at a Ceremony to be held in Darwin in November 2018. All winners and their teachers will be invited to this ceremony. For those who cannot attend, prizes and certificates will be sent to the schools.

  • As a rule, most entries will try to be returned. Students and teachers can pick up work at the Presentation Ceremony or arrange to have it sent to the school where required.

How do I get started?
There is no need to make extra time in class to introduce the Territory Young Scientists’ Awards. You can capitalize on the excellent opportunities arising in your regular classes. Successful entries in the past have begun with interest in such things as recycling and cane toads.
Once interest is aroused your role is that of a resource person to:

  • Incorporate suitable activities as part of your teaching program – many of the suggestions in this booklet are cross curricula.

  • Look at projects from previous years, check out

  • Enrol and participate in CREST CREativity in Science and Technology

  • Encourage students to carry out their own experiments and observations.

  • Set a project, game or essay as part of your science program.

  • Put some questions to the class to discuss how to structure an investigation.

  • Set a suitable science topic as an essay in English classes.

  • Get students to bring in materials from home for model building.

  • Using Marker Spaces design innovations or models


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