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Division of Science Victoria
Science Talent Search
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History of STS

The first Science Talent Search (STS) was conducted and sponsored by the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria in 1952. The then secretary, Mr Hugh McKnight, invited students from all secondary schools to submit a 1000 word report titled My Science Project. A special judging panel of prominent scientists interviewed the entrants and awarded 17 bursaries, totalling 380 pounds ($760). There were two major bursaries of 100 pounds ($200) and 60 pounds ($120) respectively. Five intermediate bursaries of 25 pounds ($50) each with ten other awards, seven worth 10 pounds ($20) and three worth 5 pounds ($10).

Over the past half century, STS has undergone a great deal of change. Currently there are ten sections in which students can enter and it is open to all students enrolled in Prep through to Year 12 in both government and non-government schools. Around 3000 students enter the competition each year
If you would like to obtain a book about the history of STS, contact the STAV office (Ph: 03 9385 3999).

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