Information for Students and Parents
STS is primarily a schools-based competition, with entry occurring through a central school STS coordinator. Each school must be willing to support the competition by providing judges. Individuals wishing to enter the competition without the support of a school should contact the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc.for advice.
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.
Important information for entrants
|Theme and Topics
The STS theme for 2017 is Future Earth
There are set topics for Creative Writing and Posters/Scientific Wallcharts sections only. Refer to the STS handbook for topics.
It is important that you follow all of the guidelines for the section you have chosen. You can download guidelines for each section as individual documents. Make sure you choose the correct guidelines for your section and division (that is, primary or junior/intermediate/open, where applicable). Do not rely solely on the section guidelines. You must also check carefully the Important information for entrants.
Click Here for a listing of section guidelines.
For a listing of important dates Click Here.
How to Cite References and Bibliographies
Citing references and bibliographies
These self-assessment checklists may help you to ensure you have covered all of the section requirements. Click Here for a listing of self-assessment checklists.
Reports on Sections from Last Year’s Competition
You can read the Coordinator’s Report for your section from the previous year’s competition. Some of these reports have useful hints about how to help ensure your project impresses the judges.
Key Science Ideas
Picture Story Books and Creative Writing
The STS committee has provided some samples of key science ideas to assist teachers, parents and students who are unclear on what is required for this guideline.
Judging day More information.
Exhibition and Presentation day More information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your query may be answered by our FAQs.
For all other queries, email the STS project officer
Game or Computer Program?
Not sure? Follow the flow chart here.
A risk assessment will be required for Experimental Research, Class Research Projects,Working Models and Inventions.
A proforma is available to be used here.
Working Models and Inventions
Not sure where to start for your report?
Sample formats here:
Working Models Report proforma
Inventions Report proforma
Forms and Documents
Letter to Entrant
Entry Face Sheet
BHP Billiton Science Awards partnership with STS
Science Talent Search has a partnership with the national BHP Billiton Science Awards. Students wishing to enter the BHP Billiton Science Awards must register for Science Talent Search in the Experimental Research and/or Inventions Sections. Major bursary winners for the Experimental Research and/or Inventions sections are automatically entered into the BHP Billiton Science Awards. Visit the BHP Billiton Awards website for more information.
BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards Entry Form
Only students who have been nominated through their STS entry and received a letter in Term 4 are eligible to enter into the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards. If you have misplaced your entry form, please download a copy here.
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.
Bursary winners for 2016
The 2016 Exhibition and Presentation was held on Monday 24 October at La Trobe University. For a listing of all STS major and minor bursary winners download our STS Bursary Book after the completion of Exhibition and Presentation day.
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