SCIENCE FAIRS AND COMPETITIONS FOR QUEENSLAND SCIENCE STUDENTS
Each year, STAQ runs the successful Queensland Science Contest, a statewide science competition that feeds winning entries into the national competition, the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, which then feeds winners into the international competition. But what other fairs and competitions exist around Australia for Queensland’s keen science students?
The Science for Growth Awards is a fantastic opportunity for Year 9 and 10 school students around Australia to improve their scientific skills by engaging in real-life science investigation projects, meet scientists plus win cash prizes.
Entries made into many of these competitions and programs can also be submitted to the Queensland Science Contest. Students may need to adapt or modify their projects slightly first.
The Big Science Competition is a one hour paper of 30 multiple-choice questions held at your school. Questions are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science, and are designed to challenge students to think critically and solve scientific problems.
The Australian Science Olympiad Competition is the training and selection process for top performing secondary science students which culminate in the International Science Olympiads – the Olympic Games for science students.
The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere high school Synthetic Biology competition. This project design and competition format is an exceptionally motivating and effective teaching method.
The ‘Young Scientists of the Year Awards’ competition was established 8 years ago in an effort to foster an interest in science among school children. The competition is open to primary school students across Australia and is free to enter.
The competition encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story via a short video piece, cultivating the next generation of Dr Karls and Adam Spencers!