67th Queensland Science Contest in 2020

The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes.

Due to COVID-19 Restriction ALL entries in 2020 will need to be submitted electronically. 4 ways to enter!

To enter:

  1. Read the Handbook & other information page then choose a contest category and complete your project.
  2. Register your entry online and pay $5 per individual entry or $10 per group entry (maximum of 3 students per group) before Wednesday the 7th October 2020.
  3. Submit online entries by Friday 16th October 2020.
    Please note that many categories may require a combination of formats i.e. engineering video with PDF journal

    Formats accepted:

    1. PDF/Word document

    Appropriate for:

    • Science Investigations
    • Mathematical Investigations
    • Journals for most categories (you could include photos/scan of the journal if handwritten)
    1. 3-5min video (max file size 1G, format .mp4 .avi or .mov) –

    All video should be clearly audible and easy to watch. The film technique will not be judged, however judges need to gain an understanding of your project.

    Don’t forget your journal – you could include photos/scan of the journal if handwritten.

    Appropriate for:

    • Engineering and technology projects (note the video is a requirement of this category)
    • Communicating Science
    • Environmental Action Projects
    • Mathematical Investigations
    1. PPT/SWAY

    Don’t forget your journal – you could include photos/scan of the journal if handwritten.

    Appropriate for:

    • Communicating Science
    • Environmental Action Projects
    1. Photos

    Don’t forget your journal – you could include photos/scan of the journal if handwritten.

    Appropriate for:

    • Classified collections
    • Poster Presentations
    • Communicating Science
    • Environmental Action Projects
    • Mathematical Investigations
  4. Regulation permitting, judging takes place between Oct 24 and Nov 8
  5. Winning entrants will be contacted through the teacher or parent whom submitted the entry in the week starting the 9th November. This email will also include information about the date and format of the awards ceremony.
  6. Regulation permitting, the Awards Ceremony will be held mid to late Term 4.

Over $12000 worth of prizes available!

Students entering the Scientific Investigation category and the Engineering and Technology category have the opportunity to enter the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. Judged entries will receive an assigned Unique Project ID (from STAQ through their school) for online submission by early November (Date TBC).

Winners of the Mathematical Investigations category will be entered into the Maths Talent Quest.

Please include the STAQ consent form to the final project upon submission online. The National consent form is only needed for the winners of the Scientific Investigation & Engineering Categories.

Contest Handbook

Consent Form

Sponsorship Prospectus

Contest Sponsors

Principal Sponsor

Major Sponsor

Bursary Sponsors some with bursary information links (hover over logo)

Birdlife Southern Queensland are awarding two bursaries this year: “The best two Bird related projects will be awarded a $200.00 bursary each. One in primary level and the other in secondary school level.”

All bird related entries in the Communication Science, Environmental Activities and Scientific Investigations categories will be considered eligible for these awards.  Entries will be judged on how well they meet the criteria outlined in these categories.

Please note: Birdlife Southern Queensland are happy to be contacted regarding suitable avenues of investigation, and can help with data provision if working on existing data sets is of interest.