Engineers ask critical questions about what they want to create, whether it be a skyscraper, amusement park ride, bicycle or smartphone. These questions include: What is the problem to solve? What do we want to design? Who is it for? What do we want to accomplish? What are the project requirements? What are the limitations? What is our goal?
Research the Problem
This includes talking to people from many different backgrounds and specialties to assist with researching what products or solutions already exist, or what technologies might be adaptable to your needs.
Imagine: Develop Possible Solutions
You work with a team to brainstorm ideas and develop as many solutions as possible. This is the time to encourage wild ideas and defer judgment! Build on the ideas of others! Stay focused on topic, and have one conversation at a time! Remember: good design is all about teamwork! Help students understand the brainstorming guidelines by using the TE handout and two sizes of classroom posters.
Plan: Select a Promising Solution
For many teams this is the hardest step! Revisit the needs, constraints and research from the earlier steps, compare your best ideas, select one solution and make a plan to move forward with it.
Create: Build a Prototype
Building a prototype makes your ideas real! These early versions of the design solution help your team verify whether the design meets the original challenge objectives. Push yourself for creativity, imagination and excellence in design.
Prizes Individual or group winners of each category will receive
1st cash up to the value of $200 each
2nd cash up to the value of $150 each
3rd cash up to the value of $100 each
All other entrants will receive participation awards.
Prize winners will be notified via their teacher in early November
The best practical investigations and innovation and invention devices will be forwarded to the BHP Billiton Science Awards and those finalists will be informed in Early December 2018.
This will be awarded to the school that has produced the best quality entries and assessed on a point scale. The school with the highest score will be deemed the winner of the Rowe Scientific Award
Point will be allocated as below
1st place will be awarded 3 points
2nd place will be awarded 2 points
3rd place will be awarded 1 point.
BHP Billiton Awards The BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science and engineering awards. The finalists are the best and brightest student researchers and innovators in the country. The BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards also recognise teachers who engage students in the study of open-ended investigations and work consistently within their school community and wider professional arenas to make an outstanding contribution to science education in Australia.
The BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are a partnership between the BHP Billiton Foundation, CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association, Science Teachers Association of the Northern Territory and all other state and territory Science Teacher Associations across Australia. Entry to the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards is via nomination through the Territory Young Scientist competition.
Student Prizes The top twenty-six finalists will be invited to an all-expenses paid, four-day educational science camp and the prestigious BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne in February each year. Part of this camp includes the final judging round for the major prizes.
The top three projects from the Investigations category and top three projects from the Engineering category receive the following prizes:
First prize A$4000
Second Prize A$3000
Third Prize A$1500
One finalist will be awarded the Innovator to Market prize. The Innovator to Market prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid experience including attendance at one of CSIRO’s ON programs and visit to CSIRO labs or centres.
The top twenty finalists will receive a A$250 prize.
Up to 100 semi-finalist entries will win A$100.
The finalist winners for the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards will have the chance to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the United State of America in May.
Up to eight winning primary entries will win A$250.
Up to 90 primary students will receive encouragement award prize packs.
Student Entry Entry into the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards is via nomination only, through the Territory Young Scientist Competition.
To be considered for nomination, please submit your project/s into the relevant categories:
the PDF entry form and online entry form are both completed (contact your local STA for these forms)
a written project report is uploaded with the online entry form (PDF preferred)
project report includes acknowledgement of prior research/development and assistance from experts/industry professionals
group projects include a maximum of three students
students must be an Australia Citizen or permanent resident
and for engineering entries only, a short video of the product in operation is uploaded with the online entry form (5 mins max)
Visit the BHP Billiton Science Awards website for more detailswww.scienceawards.org.au BHP Billiton Teacher Awards Teacher finalists will be invited to attend the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards Teacher Best Practice Seminar and the prestigious BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne in February each year. The winning teacher will also be invited to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the United State of America in May.
For further information or to download a teacher nomination form please go to http://www.scienceawards.org.au/teacher_awards/