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Science Talent Search
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Science Talent Search
The Science Talent Search (STS) is an annual, science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria, Australia. Science Talent Search fits closely with the VELS philosophy of teaching and learning. There is a close match between many STS sections and VELS strands, domains and dimensions.

STS Handbook
If you plan to enter the competition it is essential that you read the handbook carefully. Take note of all of the general information at the front of the book and ensure you check the specific guidelines for your chosen section.
STS handbook 2015.

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Theme and Topics
The STS theme for 2015 is Science of Light
There are set topics for Creative Writing and Posters/Scientific Wallcharts sections only.

For more information about the competition - its rules, conditions and guidelines, topics for Creative Writing and Posters/Scientific Wallcharts, and how to enter - download our handbook.

Important dates

Take note of the key dates for registration, submitting country entries and Creative Writing / Experimental Research, judging and exhibition day.

STS Bursary book 2015

Browse a copy of the most recent competition's bursary book to see winning entries and sponsors.

BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards partnership with STS

2015 Winners of the BHP Billiton Awards in the Engineering Category.  

STAV and Science Talent Search would like to congratulate our 5 Victorian finalists who were selected to be part of the final 16 Investigations projects, and the 10 Engineering projects in the 2015 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.

  • Florence Ho (Investigation - Antibiotic resistant bacterial strains)
  • Christy Zheng (Investigation - Effect of extracellular ion concentration on cell apoptosis and carcinogens)
  • Dhruv Verma (Engineering Won 1st Place - PROactive Technology for Elderly On the GO)
  • Conroy Cheers (Engineering Won 2nd Place - Vehicle air pollution control)
  • Somya Mehra (Engineering Won 3rd Place - Integrating technologies for the production of bioelectricity and bioethanol)  

Congratulations also to Lawrence Pawar who won 1 of the 4 Awards in the Primary Engineering Category for his project on the 'Auto-Smart Life Saver'. Well done!  

In all, 30 Victorian students were awarded in this prestigious National BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards. These include our 15 Primary Encouragement Award students, 9 Semi-finalists, Our 5 Finalists and 1 Primary winner.  

Watch this space, future video links of all finalists will become available soon, click here

A video of selected finalists in the 2015 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards

Science Talent Search has a partnership with the national BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards. Students wishing to enter the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards must register for Science Talent Search in the Experimental Research and/or Inventions Sections. Major bursary winners for the STS Experimental Research and/or Inventions sections are automatically entered into the National BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.

View a video of the 2014 finalists. Link:

Visit the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards website.

The national winners of the BHP Billiton Science Awards win a trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair in the United States, where they display their entries and compete for international prizes. View a video of the students representing Australia at ISEF, for the 2013 competition.

CREST - CREativity in Science and Technology

If you are looking for engaging ways to inspire creativity in your science and technology teaching, try CREST – it provides support for teachers and students to undertake open-ended science and technology investigations. CREST can enhance your students' ability to produce high quality Experimental Research projects for Science Talent Search and BHP Billiton Science Awards.


Our sponsors are very important to our competition. Their support enables the competition to operate. Without this support there would be no bursary prizes. View a listing of our major sponsors.

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