Queensland Science Contest – Information for Parents

What do I have to do as a parent?

Parents play an important role in supporting their children’s scientific endeavours:
• help your child identify the correct category for their science project that meets the criteria for entry to the Contest (such as a Senior Student Experiment or group science investigation) and meets the conditions of entry;
• ask your child’s teacher to register their project in the Contest;
• ensure that the Contest entry forms is completed and submitted on time; and
• make arrangements with your child’s teacher or through the school to ensure that projects arrive at the judging venue on time, either by postage, delivery or electronic uploads.

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Schools may nominate one teacher or parent to coordinate registration of student projects across multiple classes, or each teacher may assume responsibility for entering their own students’ projects. In some cases, parents are encouraged to register their child’s project independently.

Children who are homeschooled or have other reasons to register independently are certainly encouraged to do so. The parent or tutor can register the project.

Cost of entry to the Contest?

Some schools cover the cost of their students’ projects while others arrange for parents to make payment. This decision is at the discretion of the school and should be made in negotiation with parents.

The small fee collected helps cover the costs of administration, judging, prizes and the awards ceremony. STAQ aims to keep this event cost-neutral.

What are the prizes?

Students can win prizes in 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and highly commended. Entrants may also nominate to be considered for up to two bursary awards, provided their project topic is relevant to the particular bursary.

A Certificate of Participation will be available to all students who enter the Queensland Science Contest. The certificates will be forwarded to your school for distribution to individual students. Where there is only one entry from a school, the certificate may be delivered to the individual’s home address.

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