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Comprehensive list and access of current STS Resources for School STS Coordinators, teachers, students and parents.


STS Handbook



For School Coordinators and Teachers


School Portal

Schools must nominate a coordinator to manage registration

and competition requirements.

Activate your school account and Login to register student entries HERE.

Proformas – to collect student entry and judging information to assist you with registration.

Section Coordinator’s Report

You can read the Coordinator’s Report for each section (category) from the previous year’s competition.

Some of these reports have useful hints and advice for future projects.


Reports are usually published in the STS Bursary Book.


A printable poster to display in your classroom or school.


Download a copy now

STS Links with Victorian Curriculum

STS mapped to the Victorian Curriculum can be downloaded HERE.

Professional Development Kit

The Science Talent Search Professional Development Kit is free and has been designed for schools and teachers entering STS for the first time. To obtain a copy send a request email to


It is a condition of entry that each school provides judges in the ratio of 1 judge for each 12 entries or part thereof. For information about your school’s responsibilities for judging entries refer to page 4 of the STS handbook.

More information about Judges and Judging Day.


Other Resources for Teachers

STS Committee

The Science Talent Search competition is run almost entirely by a volunteer committee. Each year 25 – 30 dedicated teachers or ex-teachers donate their valuable time to administering judging, running exhibition and presentation day, and overseeing the competition rules and guidelines. Without a committee the competition cannot operate.
For more information about the STS Committee Click Here.
If you would like to join our committee contact the STS Project Officer


BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards

Teachers through their STS involvement and students entering the Victorian Science Talent Search Experimental Research and Inventions categories may be entered into this national competition which may lead to prizes and opportunities, such as recognition as finalists, STEM experiences, and the opportunity to be selected to represent Australia at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Click here for more information

CREST – Creativity in Research, Engineering, 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 Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.


For Students and Parents


Creative Writing – Key Science Ideas

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.

Working Models and Inventions

Not sure where to start for your report?

Sample formats here:

Working Models Report proforma

Inventions Report proforma

Risk Assessments

A risk assessment will be required for Experimental Research, Class Research Projects, Working Models and Inventions. If you don’t know where to start, a proforma is available to be used here.

Self-Assessment Checklists

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.


General Resources


Theme and Topics

The STS Theme for 2022 is

Glass: More than meets the eye


There are set topics for Creative Writing and Posters – Scientific Wallcharts

Other Links and Resources

Get Involved

  • Sponsors
    • Sponsorship support enables the competition to operate. Without this support there would be no bursary prizes. If you are interested, see how you can be involved here.
  • STS Judge
    • Are you a science teacher/teacher candidate or have a science qualification and would like to be one of our amazing judges? If you are not registered as part of school involvement, contact the project officer to sign up.
  • Event Volunteer
    • Anyone can become one of our event volunteers (Judging Day and/or Exhibition and Presentation Day) provided you have a WWCC. Contact the project officer to find out details and sign up.