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STS Handbook

The STS handbook is published annually in January. All STAV individual members and subscribers receive a copy of the handbook as part of their membership. Non-members can purchase a copy from STAV for $15 (including postage and handling). Alternatively you can download a copy.

Section Guidelines

If you prefer you can access guidelines for each section individually. Before you download section guidelines, ensure that you take note of all of the competition rules and General Information at the front of the handbook.

It is important that these section guidelines are closely followed:

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Experimental Research

(Lower/Middle/Upper Primary Divisions)

Creative Writing – Picture Story Books

(Lower/Middle/Upper Primary Divisions)

Experimental Research

(Junior/Intermediate/Open Division)

Creative Writing

(Junior/Intermediate Division – not Open)

Working Models (all Divisions) Games (all Divisions)
Inventions (all Divisions) Computer Programs (all Divisions)

Posters – Scientific Wallcharts

(Lower/Middle/Upper Primary Divisions)

Science Photography (all Divisions)

Posters – Scientific Wallcharts

(Junior/Intermediate Divisions)

Class Project

(Lower/Middle/Upper Primary Divisions only)

Video Productions – DVD (all Divisions)  


It is important to FULLY reference your work and acknowledge the work of others, including your parents and fellow students. Please carefully read these Referencing and Acknowledgements Guidelines.

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