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Science Talent Search
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About us

The Science Talent Search (STS) is organised and managed by a volunteer committee with administrative support from the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

Entry to the competition is primarily schools-based through a central school STS coordinator.




STS has three broad aims:

  • To stimulate an ongoing interest in the study of sciences by:
         Encouraging independent self-motivated project work amongst students of science;
         Giving students the opportunity to communicate their achievements to a wider audience;
         According recognition of effort and achievement in a scientific enterprise.
  • To promote the direct involvement of the students in the processes of science and its communication.
  • To give the public at large an opportunity to see the quality of work being achieved in science, by both primary and post primary students.


STS Committee and Competition Structure


Competition Management


STS Management Committee

Manage: Finances, Publications, Judging, Database, Exhibition and Presentation Day, and Sponsorship


STS Committee

Members coordinate sections (competition categories) of the competition

More information HERE


STAV Secretariat

Administrative and Accounting support




School Coordination


STS School Coordinator

One nominated school coordinator to manage school entries, judges and competition requirements


Classroom Teachers

Facilitating student projects

School nominated Judges

1 Judge for every 12 projects or part thereof


Student Project Entries

10 Sections (project categories) are available for students to enter


Judging Day

Onsite face-to-face judging

Online Remote Judging

Sections judged through the online platform





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.