AUSSIE EDUCATOR

Student Competitions

Each year, a multitude of competitions are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.

Competitions listed fall into what would be classed as the “academic” areas, e.g. Language area, STEM and STEAM and the Social Sciences. Some of these are grouped under the heading of Challenges, e.g. Premier’s Reading Challenge, National History Challenge, … .

For ease of presentation, competitions are listed in curriculum areas plus an “Others” section. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .

Sporting competitions and events such as Eisteddfods can be found from a range of other sources.

Competitions vary from local to state level, national and international. While most are run in calendar years, others run across two years, e.g. Tropfest, ANZAC. Many are free to enter, others have entry fees either for individuals or teams. In addition, included competitions may apply to different levels or combinations of school levels as indicated above.

Note we have broken the listing over two pages. It is done for two reasons. The first is to limit the size of the pages for several factors related to their use. The second allows for further additions over the coming year either by recommendation or by discovery on our part.

We will be undertaking a full review of all competitions by the end of 2020. Those we are uncertain will run in 2021 will be removed. If you are aware of other competitions or challenges suitable for inclusion please let us know so we can develop an even more comprehensive listing both overall, and for specific areas.

Specific levels are indicated through use of the following icons and through the descriptors provided with each competition.

  •    [Primary]
  •    [Secondary Years 7-10]
  •    [Senior Secondary Years 11-12]
  •    [Apprentices/Trainees].

Science

Australian Science Olympiads

‘Though open to all, the exams typically benefit high achievers in science from Years 10 and 11 and those who have high aspirations and enjoy a challenge. Year 12 students are welcome to sit the exam’. 4 separate exams in areas of Science. Information regarding these and other activities are found on this site. Individual exams and dates are listed below.

     

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Biology

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Chemistry

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Earth and Environmental Science

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Physics

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Australian Space Design Competition

‘Would you like to design your own futuristic space station ?’ See details in the Challenges section above.

Finalists announced 2 October 2020. Finals 23-24 January 2021. Check the Timeline for other information by scrolling down the page.

  

Updated ! Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

‘Aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges. Open to all Australian high school students between the ages of 15-20’. 2 Flyers available to download covering entry and guidelines.

30 November 2020 - Project outline due. 15 February 2021 - Completed project due. Week of 15 March 2021: Shortlisted students present 10-minute presentation to judging panel on their submitted project via video conference. Early April 2021 - Top four students present their projects to Australian Water Association members and water industry professionals. Announcement of the winner live via webinar. 4 May 2021 - Winner presented with award at Ozwater’21 in Adelaide. Late August 2021 - SJWP Ceremony held during World Water Week in Stockholm.

     

BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards

‘BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science awards. Primary or secondary school students [including homeschooled] or undertaking full-time secondary study in TAFE colleges’. Entry is via nomination only, through a state Science Teachers Association [STA] competition. Contact the relevant state association for details about their preliminary events and the nomination process.

Entry into the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards is via nomination only, via a state or territory Science Teachers Association competition [see below]. Winners now listed on the site.

        

SEA*ACT : Science & Engineering Fair

‘Each entry should fall under one of the nominated themes. Age Groups include Early Childhood – Preschool to Year 2; Primary Years 3 to 6; Special Education - All age groups; Secondary/Post Compulsory Years 7 to 12. Selected entries may be eligible for the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards’.

Public Display of winning entries 22-26 October 2020. Prize ceremony held on 23 October 2020 at CSIRO Discovery, Black Mountain, Canberra.

        

STANSW Young Scientist Awards

‘Students are able to submit a scientific investigation or a working model of an invention or you may be able to submit your project to both categories. Young Scientist offers students from Kindergarten to Year 12 worthwhile incentives to carry out scientific investigations or inventions. It provides teachers with valuable resources and professional learning opportunities’.

STANSW Young Scientist Awards Presentation Ceremony 13 November 2020.

        

Young Territory Young Scientist Competition

‘The Young Territory Young Scientist Competition is open to all Northern Territory school students. Encourage your teacher to submit your work’. There are several categories you can enter.

Prizes and Certificates will be presented in Darwin in November. Exact date once this is advised.

        

Queensland Science Contest [STAQ]

‘An opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes’.

Online Registrations by 7 October 2020. Other entry forms either 10 or 11 October 2020. Entries to be delivered on the same dates. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the University of Queensland on 24 October 2020.

        

Oliphant Science Awards [SASTA]

‘The Oliphant Science Awards are a wonderful opportunity for school students from Reception to Year 12 to develop their interests in science through a competition with a range of categories to suit a wide variety of abilities and interests’.

Presentation Ceremony - Date and venue TBA however this is most likely to be rescheduled for Term 4. All dates found on the Updated ! Information Booklet.

        

Tasmanian Science Talent Search

‘There are seven sections to allow for individual students’ preferred learning styles. These are made up of theme related sections and open sections. Each section is divided into year group divisions’.

Award Presentation previously held in late November.

        

Science Victoria : Science Talent Search

‘Science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria. The theme for 2020 is Destination Moon : more missions, more science’.

Schools pack 3 : Monday 12 October [Results ! certificates]; Exhibition and presentation day : Wednesday 4 November 2020.

        

Science Talent Search [STAWA]

‘Aims to promote science teaching and learning through creative project work. Entries may be submitted by students from any school in Western Australia, or students under home tuition’.

Round 2 Judging 5-11 October 2020. 26 October 2020 Science Talent Search Presentation Ceremony. Return of entries October/November 2020.

Big Ideas Forum [ANSTO]

‘The ANSTO Big Ideas Forum brings 22 students and 11 teachers from across Australia to Sydney to meet world-class researchers and go hands-on with amazing technology. We are looking for people who are creative and passionate’. Year 10 students.

Competition to be held at ANSTO [Sydney] on 6-11 November 2020.

Big Science Competition

‘Encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills. The Big Science Competition is an easy way to challenge students from years 7 to 10’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

CREST [CSIRO]

‘A non-competitive awards program supporting students to design and carry out their own open-ended science investigation or technology project. Focuses on the Science Inquiry Skills content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum’. Sections for Primary and Secondary.

Registration through the site. Once registered, materials are sent to you. Check About CREST - CSIRO for a background on the program.

  

Crystal Growing Competitions

Links to these in 6 states and territories. Primary and Junior Secondary students.

Information and contacts for each state/territory via the links on the home page. Most have now been completed for 2020.

  

Education Perfect [EP]- Science World Championships

One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

Eureka : Sleek Geeks Science Prize

‘The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story via a short film’. Main website is found at an Australian Museum website. Multiple Teacher resources are available. Primary and Secondary competitions. Multiple competition options.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Expedition Class

A number of challenges/competitions/involvements for different levels, e.g. Year 9, Year 10, K-6. Check the site for details about each of these.

A great way for educators to stay in touch is to sign up for regular email updates.

     

Gold Coast Schools Science Competition [Science on the GO]

‘Aims to raise the profile of science in our community and encourages students to demonstrate their scientific abilities by entering a project into one of six categories. Registration is open to divisions from Prep to Year 12 [7 in all]’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition

‘The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition is an international science competition that enables students from all countries to prove their skills and to unleash their creativity in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. IAAC gives you the unique opportunity to apply your skills to challenging problems’. Two levels - Junior : under 18 years on submission deadline; Youth : over 18 years on submission deadline’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Junior Space Design Competition

‘Designed for aspiring young engineers and scientists, who want to learn about the basics of futuristic space settlement design ! Teams of up to 4 develop a marketing brief for the space settlement scenario’. See details in the Challenges section above.

JSDC Presentation event - 11 October 2020.

NATA Young Scientist Award

‘Encourages students to look at how science impacts on people’s lives. Every school across Australia is invited to submit a science project in the competition to win cash prizes’. Primary students.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

Paper Plane Challenge

‘To qualify for the STANSW Young Scientist Paper Plane State Championship you’ll need to throw over a specific time or distance’. See the site for details.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Robogals

‘Robogals is a student run organisation that aims to inspire and empower young women to consider studying engineering and related fields’. A part of this is the Robogals Science Challenge. ‘The Robogals Science Challenge is an online competition for girls aged 5-15. The competition consists of 2 components : the minor challenges and a major challenge. Spanning 4 months, the Science Challenge will give participants a chance to explore different STEM topics’.

Use the About the Science Challenge page and scroll down for all dates.

     

Science and Engineering Investigation Awards [University of Tasmania]

‘Students [Year 5-12] carry out a science investigation and present their findings to science/industry judges. Judging days are held on Cradle Coast, Launceston and Hobart campuses in August-September each year. The Science Investigation Awards include the categories : Physical Sciences, Health, Engineering, Agricultural Science, and Environment’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Science Trivia Challenge

Griffith University. ‘Held across two age groups, with the teacher’s competition running in conjunction with the senior student’s competition, it’s a fun-fuelled event that gives everyone the chance to celebrate and demonstrate their STEM knowledge !’ Queensland Academies, Health Sciences Campus.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Science iQ [ STAWA]

Western Australian schools. ‘A series of separate online science competitions. ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students’. Years 5 to 9.

Competitions [2 rounds each term] throughout the year. Once finalised, dates for all events will be found here. Terms 3 and 4 dates available.

     

ScienceXart : elements in everyday life

Australian Academy of Science. ‘This competition is a fantastic opportunity for students of all year levels to engage hands-on with the periodic table, develop a deeper understanding of key principles of chemistry, and foster an appreciation of the wider impact of chemical sciences throughout life and society. The competition format has been developed in consultation with ASTA and teachers from across the country to align with the science syllabus of schools’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

SPECTRA

ASTA. ‘A national science award program for students between Years 1 and 10’. Two sections - Years 1-4 and Years 5-10.

The program is ongoing with no given deadlines.

Shorebirds Competition [ANSTO]

‘Open to students in Years 3 to 6 in the Greater Sydney/Illawarra and Melbourne areas, this competition aims to help raise awareness of the plight of shorebirds and inspire a younger generation of environmentalists. This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to highlight a contemporary environmental issue and provide cross-curriculum teaching in Science, Geography and Art’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

The Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest

‘Applying science, being creative, and having fun ! There’s also the challenge of getting your machine to achieve its task’. Open to Year 10 students in Victoria.

The Competition Day is in the week of 5 October 2020. The 2020 Contest schedule is found here.

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

‘The Bragg Prize is an annual award celebrating the best non-fiction science essay written for a general audience and is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. Students write a short piece about ‘Not-so-smart technology’, which must be 800 words or less’. Open to all high school students in Years 7–10.

The competition is now closed. Winners announced 7 October 2020.

  

Zayed Future Energy Prize

‘The Prize hopes to encourage young people to learn about sustainability and clean energy from an early age. We ask schools to submit proposals for funding consideration to implement sustainability measures in their schools. Open to all high schools with students between 11-19 years old. The application must be supported by the school and its management’.

Winners announced at an Awards Ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2021.

Biology

iGEM Competition

‘Annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students’.

Registration for iGEM 2020 is required in order to access relevant dates when they are published. Save the date for the iGEM 2020 Giant Jamboree - 29 October-2 November 2020.

  

UQ Sunflower Competition

Students in Years 8-10 and 11-12 in Queensland. ‘The competition is designed to inspire current science students to become the next generation of plant and agricultural scientists and support teachers to deliver their science curriculum in a plant-based context. The competition provides an interactive learning opportunity with school-based experiments and an optional day of workshops and awards’.

Everything will now go online. Video submission due 5pm, 6 October 2020. Winners - 24 October 2020.

If you are interested in participating in the program in 2021, please complete the EOI form.

Chemistry

  

Australian National Chemistry Quiz

‘Provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry’. Secondary students.

Cancelled for 2020. Monitor for further information re future planning.

See above.

  

RACI Titration Competition

‘Designed to encourage those students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their skills and to reward those who attain a high level of proficiency. All secondary schools are invited to compete in their local state-based competition’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

Physics

A Beamline for School Competition

‘A Beamline for Schools competition remains open to teams of at least five high-school students aged 16 and up with at least one adult supervisor, or “coach”. Think of a simple, creative experiment and submit your written proposal and short video. Previous winners have investigated the structure of the pyramids, looked for particles that no-one has seen before, or have developed their own particle detector. What would you do ?’

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

IYPT Australia

‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems. The official qualifying tournament for IYPT2019 was the IYPT Australia Challenge held on 3 and 4 December 2018’. Secondary students.

Register by contacting Allen Allinson via aallinson@bggs.qld.edu.au or 07 3332 1361 by 31 October for the event being held in 2020. You can check on the Schedule Page once it is up to date. To be held in December 2020.

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Social Science

General Social Sciences Topics

  

Education Perfect [EP] - Humanities Championships

‘The Education Perfect Humanities Championship is a 3-day online event celebrating learning and achievement in Geography, History & Social Sciences. With over 20 000 participants each year, this is a great opportunity to inspire students’ Humanities learning while they compete on a global scale. Suitable for students from Year 5 to Secondary’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

Economics & Business Studies

BlueShift Business Case Competition

‘Open to all high schools in Australia. Teams must consist of four students in total and can include any combination of students from Year 11 and 12. Each team will be emailed a real-world written case study, and will have four weeks to submit a solution in a written report’.

Following advice from the Australian Government and impact of COVID-19 on schools across Australia, we have made the decision to postpone the QUT Business School BlueShift 2020 competition. We look forward to holding the competition at a later date. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, Contact Us.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

Illuminate:nextgen Challenge

‘The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is mapped to national vocational outcomes and fully aligned with the Australian Curriculum at the Years 9 & 10 level. Not only will your students be given an opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial skills they have developed in the challenge, but they will also learn useful skills around Critical thinking, Creativity, Problem solving, Digital & financial literacy, Public speaking & presentation skills, Organisation & perseverance and Working in a collaborative team environment’.

Now being done digitally.

State venues and dates can be found through links on this page. Register Interest in Upcoming Programs Near You using this page. States are now planning for 2021.

  

Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition

‘The competition is open to all full-time secondary school students enrolled in a registered secondary school in Australia at the time of submission of their entry. Individual finalists from each state/territory will be required to personally present their plan to a panel of judges in Sydney’. See brochure for further details.

Entries close 4 September 2020. Judging [done on paper entries] in October and winners advised by the end of October. Winners will be advised by the end of October 2020.

  

Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge

‘We’re turning the normal ESSI Money game that is played all year round into a national competition for two weeks ! Students compete in one of two age brackets : 12-15 or 16-18. The 3 highest scores in each age category will be the winners’. All other details including registration process and form available from the site. Download the App from the above site.

The Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge 2020 is now closed. We are currently analysing the results and will confirm the winners in due course. Find information on ESSI Money and ESSI Money PLUS here. These are alternate activities.

  

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

‘For young people aged between 15-35 years. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global program and an online platform, which supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]’.

A Timeline is found by scrolling down the home page.

Geography

Asiawise Project

‘A flexible teaching program that provides a resource for teachers to use at three levels. You can use only the Asia Wise Challenge or all three sections. Separate programs for lower [Aust. years 7 & 8 - NZ 8 & 9] and upper [Aust. Years 9 & 10 - NZ 10 & 11]’.

Asia Wise can be used at any time through to December. You need to register two weeks before you wish to use the program. Register online or by email.

  

Australian Geography Competition

‘Challenges secondary school students to demonstrate their geographical knowledge and skills. Rewards student excellence with great prizes, including selection for Australia’s international geography teams’.

All dates are found on the Updated ! Dates 2020 page.

  

Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition

‘The aims of the competition are to promote children’s creative representation of the world, to enhance their cartographic awareness and to make them more conscious of their environment. This year’s them is We love maps. The awards are given every two years’.

Next competition not till 2021. Monitor for details later in 2020.

     

International Geography Bee

‘The International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition for primary and secondary school students. Please select a region or the World Championships from the menu bar to learn more’. The Australia & New Zealand information is found here.

Cancelled for 2020. Monitor for further information re future planning.

  

MapIT

‘Students will learn how to use the latest spatial technology to create maps. Maps will focus on improving livability or solving local environmental problems’.

Open to all Victorian students. It is an annual event from July to November.

The International Geography Olympiad [iGeo]

‘A competition for the best 16 to 19 year old Geography students from all over the world. Four students represent each country in a series of Geography tests in [generally] a four-five day program’.

Cancelled. The 2021 event will be held 10-16 August in Istanbul, Turkey. All 2020 registrations will be carried over.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

History

     

Anzac Day Schools’ Award

The Awards have changed this year, with a new Australian wartime theme; a later entry close time, giving schools longer to prepare and submit entries; and a different prize structure. In 2020, the awards theme will be the Second World War. This aligns with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which is commemorated on Victory in the Pacific Day on 15 August. Each year, we will choose a different theme to reflect a significant anniversary or an aspect of Australia’s wartime history. This year, your entry must focus on World War II and its impact on Australian communities’.

Entries have now closed. All other details are found on the above page.

Anzac Spirit Study Tour

Northern Territory. ‘The tour will support students to explore the history of Anzac Day and Australia’s involvement in various conflicts and peacekeeping missions. It will provide an opportunity for three year 9 or 10 students, accompanied by two chaperones, to visit battlefields of significance to Australia and the Anzacs’.

The winners were announced in September. They will travel in 2021. Exact dates once advised.

Australian History Competition

‘In 2019 the competition will be offered to years 7, 8, 9 and 10. The Year 9 and 10 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum : History for Years 9 and 10. The Year 7 and 8 paper will be broadly based on the Australian Curriculum : History for Years 7 and 8. Each competition will present 50 multiple choice questions’.

The Australian History Competition has been cancelled for 2020. All schools will receive full refunds.

See above.

Extension History Essay Prize [The History Teachers’ Association of NSW]

‘The Extension History Essay Prize is open to essays that satisfy the requirements of the NSW HSC Extension Project, are the product of genuine research and represent ‘interesting and well written history’. The Prize is sponsored by the University of Sydney’s Department of History’. There are also special category prizes which may be entered. Details on the above page.

‘In 2020 we accepted electronic submissions only for the HTANSW Extension Essay Prize’. Entries have now closed. All other details from the site.

  

HTAV Historical Fiction Competition

‘Inspire your Year 5-10 students to create stories based on historical events and people’. Three levels - Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8 and Years 9 and 10.

Remember the competition is open only to Victorian students or students from schools that are institutional members of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

International History Olympiad

‘Students can qualify in any of the following ways. The International History Olympiad is a celebration of history attended by some of the best young history students from around the world, featuring numerous competitive and non-competitive events. The Olympiad is held every two years, therefore, the next Olympiad will be held in July 2020 ’. All relevant details from the site.

Now Cancelled for the remainder of 2020.

Check the How to Qualify page for confirmed dates and other information.

     

National History Challenge

‘The National History Challenge [NHC] is an exciting contest that encourages students to use research and inquiry-based learning to discover more about the past. Students are the historians. They can investigate their community, explore their own and their family’s past and consider ideas throughout history. Entrants may be students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools’. The theme for 2020 is CONTESTED hiSTORIES.

State Presentation dates will be found on the Key Dates page once finalised. National Presentation Date is early December.

  

Peace in the Pacific Study Tour

Northern Territory. ‘The study tour will visit important military sites in Hawaii to get an understanding of the mutual experience and sacrifice of the people in the NT and Hawaii from their involvement in the bombing of Darwin and Pearl Harbour, and the ongoing importance of peacekeeping missions today. Three year 10 or 11 students from NT schools will travel to Hawaii’.

Postponed for 2020. Monitor for details regarding what is to happen in 2021.

Updated ! The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize

‘Open to all students currently in Year 9 in government and non-government schools in Tasmania, as well as home-schooled students at the same year levels. The winners will travel to Turkey, Belgium and France for approximately 12 nights [incorporating Anzac Day]’. Information also available from Updated ! this site.

Due to COVID-19, the competition is on hold for 2020.

  

The Premier’s Anzac Prize [Qld]

‘Gives 8 Queensland high school students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition first-hand. Open to all eligible Year 8-12 Queensland high school students’.

Applications for the 2021 Prize have now closed. Travel in April/May 2021 - Subject to restrictions.

The Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize [SA]

‘Provides the opportunity for eight students and two teachers to win a fully-funded two-week study tour of Europe’s World War I battlegrounds. Open to all Year 9 and 10 students in South Australia’.

In response to the current COVID-19 situation, the study tour will not be conducted in October as intended. The tour will be rescheduled for April 2021 [April holidays].

The Simpson Prize

‘A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students’. Details are on the site. Note : students who submit winning entries for this year’s Simpson Prize question will travel in 2020

Submit your 2021 competition entry by Friday 6 November 2020. Other dates for the 2021 Prize process once these are advised.

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Technology

Aurecon - Bridge Building Competition

Open to students in Years 8 and 9 [in Australia]. Separate information on the site for a number of areas around Australia and New Zealand. You can now also choose an optional Digital Design component.

Cancelled.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Australian Informatics Olympiad

‘A national computer programming competition held annually in early September. Students write short computer programs to solve three problems that vary in difficulty. There are two papers : Intermediate for students up to Year 10, and Senior for students up to Year 12’.

Coronavirus Information - This page provides information about what is happening as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Results usually sent in October. The top 25 students may be invited to a 10-day intensive training school in December where they will learn higher-level algorithms and data structures.

     

Australian STEM Video Game Challenge

‘Facilitating engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, students learn vital skills for the future through designing, building and testing an original video game. A full copy of the Challenge rules and submission guidelines are included in the Mentors Handbook’. The 2020 theme is Scale.

Awards are 9-11 October 2020.

     

Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge

‘An international initiative whose goal is to promote computational thinking for teachers and students ages 8-17 / school years 3-12]. Bebras is aligned with and supports curricula across Australia. Bebras Australia is run by NICTA under the Digital Careers program. In addition to the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge, Bebras 365 is available as a free resource throughout the year’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Chevron Focus Environment Competition

‘Chevron Focus Environment competition is suitable for primary and secondary students in WA, and links to the WA Curriculum : Science, English, HASS and Media Arts. Entries must be submitted in the following subject categories to be valid : Focus on WA’s native species; WA’s habitats and ecosystems; or Sustainability in WA. Entries must be scanned as an image file, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif [PDFs cannot be accepted] and uploaded via this website’. Other details from the site.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Code Quest

‘Code Quest is an annual computer programming competition where teams of 2-3 High School students each work together for 2.5 hours to solve problems by using JAVA, Python, VB.net, C, and/or C++ programming to complete the “quest”. The problem set consists of 15-20 challenging problems created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers’. All other details from the Australian site. Free to enter but entrants need to pay for their own accommodation.

The May 2, 2020 Code Quest Event has been officially cancelled for all locations due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]

Formerly the Australian Informatics Competition [AIC]. ‘A one-hour problem-solving competition which seeks to identify computer programming potential. There are four papers : Upper Primary, Years 5-6; Junior, Years 7-8; Intermediate, Years 9-10; Senior, Years 11-12’. Detail also included in the Mathematics section above.

Coronavirus information - This page provides information about what is happening as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

F1 in Schools [REA Foundation]

‘The world’s largest secondary school technology program. Involves over nine million students from 17 000 schools in 31 nations’. World finals held in September.

For further information check this Events Calendar.

  

FIRST Robotics Competition

‘An FRC team consists of high school students typically aged 14-18. These students have to work together to design, build, program and drive robots’.

Postponed due to COVID-19.

Check the Calendar page for updates.

Future Leaders Photography Prize

‘Year 12 students are invited to submit digital photographic work [one photograph for each student]. The work submitted can be on any theme. Submissions must include Student’s Name, School and Year Level’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Future Makers STEM Awards

‘Students in Years 5-9 from the Gladstone and Western Downs regions have the unique opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas to solve some of today’s greatest challenges through the Future Makers STEM Awards. The Gladstone region includes the Gladstone and Rockhampton Local Government Areas. Students are tasked with using STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths) knowledge and skills to identify a local problem with real-world context and pitch a solution that relates to one of the competition topics (Environment, Recycling, Natural Disaster and Health]’. All details from the site.

World Science Festival Brisbane 2020 has been cancelled..

  

Google Code-in

‘For pre-university students [e.g., high school and secondary school students ages 13-17] with the goal of encouraging young people to participate in open source development’.

This was the final contest for Codein.

     

Grok Code Quest

‘A friendly five-week competition where thousands of school students come together to learn to code. Teachers can sign up their students, and students competing individually at home are also welcome. Programming challenges are released at the beginning of each week, along with interactive notes that teach you everything you need to complete them’. Multiple streams available.

Grok Code Quest runs from 28 October to 1 December 2020 with Challenges released at the beginning of each week.

     

Head On Photo Awards Student Prize

‘The Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers [School years K-12]. Images must be produced by a photographic device which captures images [phone and experimental processes welcome], in colour and/or black & white. You may enhance the image and apply filters’. See Terms and Conditions for all other details. Closing date is usually in February.

Changes to the Head On Photo Awards for 2020 flags changes which still have to be implemented. Entries are closed. No date yet for the World Final.

Imagine Cup

‘The world’s premier student technology competition’. Multiple options. Students must be at least 16 years of age and satisfy a number of other requirements. Individual and team competitions.

You need to be able to sign in to a Microsoft account to access the site.

Competition is now over for 2020. However, you can now register for the 2021 Competition.

Jaguar Primary School Challenge

‘Getting involved is easy. Jaguar Primary School Challenge engages primary students as young as 5 years old in building and racing a paper based F1® car. The program has been designed as a subset of the High School F1 in Schools™ STEM Challenge and is aimed at students in years K-7’.

The challenge is available to run at any time throughout the year but you need to register to take part.

  

Microsoft AI for Good Schools Challenge

‘In the 2020 Microsoft AI for Good Challenge, Australian students in Grades 7-12 are supported by their teachers to learn the basic concepts of Artificial Intelligence. Equipped with this learning, they then embark on a design-thinking challenge to dream up a creative way that AI could be used to make a difference in the world’. Check information about the Hackathons.

National Final in November 2020. Exact date once this is advised.

  

OzCLO - Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad

‘Designed for high school students from Year 9 to Year 12. It challenges them to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Premier’s Coding Challenge [#cybersafeqld]

‘An annual statewide initiative for all Queensland students in Year 3 to Year 10. Students can enter as individuals or in pairs. You must code an interactive and innovative digital solution to raise awareness of cybersafety, and help Queenslanders by providing tips to improve their cybersafety’.

Scroll down this page for a listing of Key Dates. Entries are now closed. Awards presented Wednesday, 18 November 2020.

     

RoboCupJunior Australia

‘A project-oriented educational initiative. Teams work in a co-operative and supportive environment in three distinct challenges : Dance, Rescue and Soccer. Primary and secondary students’.

The site is now showing details for the 2021 Competition. Registration for this is now closed. The Australian Open will be held on 8-10 October 2021.

     

New ! RoboCup Junior NSW 2020

‘Your task is to design, build, and program your robot or robots to complete a set challenge. You will apply your problem-solving, creative and critical thinking skills to solve a set of problems and fulfil the brief [see site]’.

Complete the New ! registration here by Friday 30 October, 2020. Past year login details will work, or create a new login. Challenges due online Monday 30 November, 2020. Winners will be announced at a virtual presentation ceremony on Monday 14 December 2020..

     

Science and Engineering Investigation Awards - University of Tasmania

‘A state-wide competition for Year 5 to 12 students who investigate a topic of their choice. Students then present their findings to judges from research and industry. The judging is followed by a public presentation’. Operates in North-West Tasmania, Northern Tasmania and Southern Tasmania.

Postponed for 2020.

     

Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero

‘Teams consist of up to 5 young women in primary or secondary school [ages 10-18, although younger students with the maturity necessary to complete the program are encouraged to participate]’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

So You Think You Can Design - Textiles 2020

‘The So You Think You Can Design - Textiles challenge is now live ! And if you want to engage your students in the world of wearable technologies, then don’t miss it’. Download further information at this link.

This competition will run again during National Design & Technologies Week in October - but only Victorian students who take part now can win the Bernina overlocker.

  

Student Blogging Challenge

‘The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of publishing online - from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. The Student Blogging Challenge has run twice yearly, beginning each March and October’.

There will be a new Challenge in October. Registrations opened in September.

You need to subscribe for updates.

     

Technovation

The Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program for Girls. ‘Any girl or young woman [ages 10-18] interested in Technovation Girls is eligible to compete. All students must be between the ages of 10 to 18 as of August 1, 2020. All students must identify as female. No males can enter the competition.Teams are composed of 1 to 5 students. Students can only join 1 team. Competition Divisions are based on the age of the oldest student on the team. Students can participate in Technovation Girls for multiple seasons until they reach the age of 18’.

Regional Pitch Events are cancelled. All other events are now online. Dates are found on the Coronavirus [COVID-19] Updates page.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

The Archibull Prize

‘The Archibull Prize will engage Secondary school students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art, design, creativity and teamwork by providing a blank Archie for students to create an artwork on or to use as the subject of an artwork which focuses on the [nominated] theme’. Find details from the following downloads : Important Dates and The Program.

Check the Important Dates link for a timeline of the event. Entries have now closed. Awards and Presentation Day usually in November.

     

The ATOM Photo Comp [2020]

‘The ATOM Photo Comp is an initiative of Australian Teachers of Media [ATOM]. It provides Australian and New Zealand student and adult photographers with the opportunity to submit a folio of three [3] photographs adhering to a theme, and win fantastic prizes in the process. The competition runs across five age-group categories : Lower Primary [Years F–3]; Upper Primary [Years 4–6]; Lower Secondary [Years 7–9]; Upper Secondary [Years 10–12]; and Open’.

Category Winners will be announced at the 2020 SAE ATOM Awards, held in Melbourne in November 2020.

The Mars Rover Challenge

‘The goal of the main challenge is to program a robot to navigate the Martian terrain. This can be done by writing a program or group of programs to make the rover autonomous and collect data. To encourage good coding practices, students will be given a higher score for well documented and formulated code’. All other details and registration form from the site.

Materials for 2020 are available through the site. Challenge previously held in the second half of October. Exact dates to be advised.

New ! TI Codes Contest 2020

‘Identify an everyday process or product that your team wants to optimise, or a problem that your team wants to solve. Then, envision what your team would build – anything from an automated lolly dispenser to a model of a smart irrigation system – let imaginations run wild. You have 2 000 characters [including spaces] or fewer to pitch your idea, which will determine the teams that will advance to the next round’. Rounds 1, 2, 3. Final Round. Public vote decides winners. Open to students aged 13-16 in Years 7-10. Check the Rules Page for more details.

Submissions have now closed. Second Round is completed 20 October 2020 at 11.59 pm [AEDST]. A Third Round closes on 24 November 2020 at 11.59 pm [AEDST]. Final Round Voting takes place between 27 November and 1 December 2020. Competition ends 1 December 2020.

Top Coder Competition [ANSTO]

‘We invite schools to enter two students from Year 5 and Year 6 in the Top Coder Competition. Students will work collaboratively in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere with coding and robotics coaches’. Includes both Robotics and Scratch Coding competitions. Held in Sydney for NSW schools.

Due to COVID-19 there will be no details until the beginning of May. You can register if you want updates.

Please email tours@ansto.gov.au if you would like to receive updates on the competition.

  

Universal Robotics Challenge

‘Participants will design, build and code unique robots for the 2020 mission. The mission is top secret now but will be revealed early in 2020. Teacher and student inductions and professional training will be supplied at no cost and the program is supported by comprehensive learning materials’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

VEX Robotics Competition [Tower Takeover]

‘Middle school, high school, and college/university. More than 11 500 teams from 40 countries playing in over 750 tournaments. Local, regional, national, and world competitions. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by placing Cubes in Towers, or scoring Cubes in Goals’.

Information should still be available from July.

You might check the Game Manual which has now been released.

     

Web.Comp

Each week, we’ll release interactive notes with the information you’ll need to complete the week’s web design challenges. The last week will be a web design tournament where you can submit your own design and vote on everyone else’s ! Students can sign up now via the above site’.

Web.Comp 2020 starts October 26th 2020 and will run for 5 weeks. Each week, we’ll release interactive notes with the information you’ll need to complete the week’s web design challenges.

  

Wool4School Student Design Competition

‘Open to students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Wool4School sets the challenge to design an original outfit made from one of the world’s most innovative and natural fibres - Australian Merino wool’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

Apprenticeship or Traineeship; Undertaking or completed studies towards a qualification at an RTO/TAFE or University

WorldSkills Australia

‘Australia’s Largest Trade and Skill Competition ! Competitions [are] held on a Regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially’.

World Skills Australia will now run from 29 April to 1 May 2021 in Perth, Western Australia. Registrations open shortly.

WorldSkills Australia operates in 34 regions across Australia. Register here. Regional and International events were held in 2019. The next WorldSkills Australia National Championships have now been held in Perth. Contact your closest Regional Coordinators for more information.

     

Young ICT Explorers

‘The competition’s alignment with the school curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice’.

‘Registrations and Submissions have now closed. Virtual Judging : Mid-September – Mid-November and the Roadshow at the same time.

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Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Junior section where ‘ the entrant must be under 18 years of age at the date of close of entries. Entries must fit the criteria of any of the other nine categories’. Categories available on the site.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

Film [Media]

        

ATOM Awards

Find relevant information for Primary and Secondary students by selecting the “Entering” section of the menu. Includes film, animation and other media areas.

‘The Student Awards Presentation will be held at SAE Creative Media Institute Melbourne on Tuesday 10 November 2020’..

     

Boston International Kids Film Festival

‘Our goal in showing films from around the world, all made either FOR or BY kids, is to show teens and tweens that making a film can be a powerful way to tell a story, express your emotions, state a point of view and [more importantly] to have fun!’ Multiple sections and themes. Also check this page for additional details, USA Based.

Notification Date was in September. Event Date is 21-22 November 2020. 2021 entries should open in early February 2021.

     

CinéfestOZ Short Film Competition

‘Encourages South West [WA] students to explore the medium of film and use multi-media formats for production, awareness, marketing and audience reach. Participants need to be 13-18 years old and attending secondary school. This year’ s Cinesnaps theme is The Watch’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

        

FlickerUp

‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or film-makers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest.

Entries for the next competition are now open and close 9 November 2020. Further information on the page.

        

Heart of Gold

International Short Film Festival. ‘Entry is open to any student who was enrolled in Year 6-12 [Year 13 in some states] anytime between 9 Oct 2018 and 6 August 2019. Entry is free’. Select Young Filmmakers Competition link on the home page for all details and forms.

Cancelled for 2020.

Watch for details of the 2021 Festival.

        

Little Big Shots

‘Little Big Shots is Australia’s largest and only annual touring film festival curated especially for kids. Featuring a selection of short and feature films, the festival lands in all major Australian capital cities. A kids jury awards the best international, local, and child-made films each year’.

Little Big Shots was part of CHIFF [Children’s International Film Festival] in 2019. This will be monitored to see what happens in 2020.

  

Primary School Short Film Competition

Cultural Diversity Week. ‘The Primary School Short Film Competition called on our state’s youngest filmmakers to produce a short film that explores what multiculturalism looks like’.

Currently exploring alternative options due to COVID-19.

‘In light of the coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic, we have delayed the opening of call for entries and are exploring alternative options for this year’s festival’ [Situation still the same].

        

SmartFone Flick Fest

‘SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages. We are a world-wide festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a short film’. Entry fee applies. SF3 Kids Pick Flick is for students under 16 years of age.

‘Screenings, workshops and panel discussions will be held October 9-10 at Event Cinemas George St, Sydney, Australia and Online. Masterclass to be held on 18 October 2020’..

     

StuffIT

‘If you are currently enrolled in Year 7-12 at any Australian or New Zealand Secondary School you are qualified to enter. As long as your entry is postmarked by the due date, your entry will be accepted with no problems’. Check the Entries link for further information.

The Festival and Awards are 17 October 2020 at The Majestic Cinema, Nambour, Queensland.

     

Sydney International Festival of Films by Children

‘The Sydney International Festival of Films by Children is the largest festival of child-produced films in Australia and is part of an international network of similar Festivals. The Festival exists to give Australian children under 13 years the opportunity to screen their films in an international context alongside their peers from all over the world. Entries are currently being accepting for screening in 2020’.

2020 Submission Form available here. Submit anytime. Films received later than two months before public screenings will be allocated to the next event.

        

The 1-Minute Film Competition

‘Each film must be based on the year’s theme. You can create a piece of fiction, a documentary, a community-service announcement or a music clip [be sure to adhere to copyright rules !]. Your film can be animated or live-action. It might be funny or serious’.

‘Prizes will be awarded to winners in each of the four categories. The winners will be announced at the 2020 SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, held at SAE Creative Media Institute Melbourne on Tuesday 10 November 2020’.

     

The Real Film Festival

‘The RFF’s most popular short film competition invites filmmakers of all levels to find inspiration and tell your story through film. Each short film must take inspiration from one of the categories nominated for the year’.

‘In light of the catastrophic economic and social impacts COVID-19 has brought to not only our communities, but the broader national and international communities, the RFF is asking you to tell your story on the impact COVID-19 has had on you, your family and friends, business and community. We invite submissions from filmmakers from around the globe. Successful films will be screened at the Real Film between November 6 to 21, 2020’.

     

Trop[fest] Junior

‘Trop Jr is our signature event of 16 finalist films, showcasing the work of incredibly talented filmmakers as individuals or in teams, aged 15 years and younger. Each year, Trop Jr includes a “signature item” which needs to be incorporated into the entries to ensure that they are unique and are made specifically for Trop Jr. This year’s signature item is : . . . ?. Entries must be seven minutes or less, and Trop Jr must be their world premiere. Download our Filmmaker Entry Kit for more information, including technical requirements’.

Tropfest will be held in February 2021. The next competition is likely to open in October 2020 and close in January 2021, with winners screened in February 2021. Screened at Parramatta Park, 20 February 2021.

  

HIDDEN Rookwood Students

‘A new component as a part of HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2019. We invite students from secondary and tertiary institutions or youth groups, either as individuals or as a group. We are interested in works that respond to the themes of history, culture, remembrance, love, cycles of life and the passage of time. We are open to a wide range of artistic approaches, materials and forms. For more information, please email the curator or contact the office on  02 8575 8100’.

There does not appear to be an event in 2020. Monitor for 2021.

     

QIEU Excellence in Art Design Awards

‘The Art Design Awards are open to preschool, primary and secondary school students and teachers in independent schools throughout Queensland. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site. The theme for 2020 is Perfect Places.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes

Open to students in Primary schools and Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 in secondary schools. It ‘invites photographers to interpret “Contemporary Life in Australia” with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life’.

‘For 2020 and considering the huge changes in the photographic media environment over the past decade, the Moran Arts Foundation will be taking time to review the existing format of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Whilst the review is underway, there will be no Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize’.

     

Schools Photographic Competition

Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. ‘Open to students of high schools and colleges in Canberra and Queanbeyan. Entries must be submitted through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens’.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the Gardens earlier this year, the Friends will not hold the competition in 2020. We hope and expect that the competition will return in 2021.

Art

2020 Creative Art Competition

‘This year we hope even more students will use their imaginations to create an artwork inspired by this year’s question. Your artwork must be inspired by our question “Why do you love your brain” and fit on an A4-size paper. You can use pens, pencil, crayon, textas or pain’.

We hope to announce the winners in September. Monitor for details.

     

Angelico Exhibition

Art competitions and exhibitions for primary and secondary students in Catholic schools in Western Australia. Registration forms on the site.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

International Student Art Contest – Science without Borders® Challenge

‘This international art competition is open to all students 11-19 years old. Students must be enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the home school equivalent. The theme for the 2020 Challenge is Take Action : Conserve Coral Reefs’.

The winners are now listed on the home page [above].

     

OzKids Art Competition

There are five categories available for you to choose from. These include Drawing, Painting, Indigenous, Photography and Computer Art. Entry form available from the site. You can also review a wide range of previous entries in all categories.

Entries closed 18 September, 2020. Monitor for results to be announced.

     

Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists

‘This visual art award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity’. Multiple levels for different age/grade groups.

Due to COVID-19 we are still finalising details. There should be more information soon. You can register for email updates.

Cancelled for 2020 but we look forward to returning in 2021.

  

The Lester Prize

‘Students in Years 7-12 are invited to paint a portrait of a well known Australian; an Australian they respect/admire; or undertake a self portrait’.

Previously listed as The Black Swan Prize.

COVID-19 - we continue to work on this but it will be done remotely later in the year.

‘Main Awards Winners announced 30 October 2020. Exhibition & Event Season runs 31 October – 29 November 2020. Youth Awards Winners announced 12 November 2020. People’s Choice Prize announced 2 December 2020.

     

Young Archie Competition

Art Gallery NSW. ‘The Young Archie competition invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait. There are four age categories : 5-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, 13-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds’.

Now completed and judged. Will be displayed online later in the year, date to be announced.

Winners will be announced 24 October 2020. The exhibition of finalist works will be held at the Gallery from 26 September 2020 to 10 January 2021, alongside the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2020. Works receiving honourable mentions will be exhibited at the SH Ervin Gallery in the Rocks from 26 September to 29 November 2020, alongside the Salon des Refusés.

Music

     

ACMF National Songwriting Competition

‘An annual National Songwriting Competition for every Primary and Secondary School, both public and private, in Australia’. Terms & Conditions found here. Winner automatically agrees to perform their winning song at the request of ACMF for a 12 month period from mid-November.

Entries now closed for 2020. For 2020, the competition has had some changes – the competition is now open to young songwriters from Year 1 to Year 12.

     

Artology - Fanfare Competition

‘The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To enter write a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

Australian Singing Competition

‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students. People must be under 26 years of age. Find all details and dates on the How to enter page.

Cancelled for 2020. We hope to return in 2021.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

Get Songwriting

University of Southern Queensland. ‘Entry into the Competition is free and open to an ‘Eligible Entrant’ who is an Australian Secondary School Student currently in Years 10-12 who is the sole author of the Song [written lyrics] submitted’. Other details available from the Terms and Conditions link in the How to Enter section of the home page.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

Music : Count Us In

National Songwriting Competition. ‘For all schools - primary and secondary, State and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. Registration is free. Winners have the chance to participate in a one day songwriting workshop [travel and accommodation provided]’.

The 2020 Songwriting Competition entries have now closed. Celebration Day 2020 will take place on 5 November 2020.

  

Score IT!

‘A state-wide film-scoring competition open to all secondary school students in Queensland. The competition challenges young composers to create an original composition to accompany a short film produced by the Griffith Film School. Based on year level, students compete in either Score IT! Junior or Senior by composing and recording a soundtrack using instruments of their choice’.

Now moved to Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium. Competition is currently in planning and dates will be available soon.

Finalists were previously known in July with an Awards Ceremony in late July. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Unearthed High Competition

‘We’re looking for the BEST act in high school’. At least 50% of the group/act must be in high school. Details on site. The Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative runs in conjunction with the Unearthed High program.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

  

New ! Unlock’d Competition

‘So ... you’re a Year 7-12 student in Victoria, you’re a musician, a creative, a performer and stuck at home in lockdown. We want you to pick up an instrument, a pen and paper, or go to your computer and get writing some music. Tidy it up. Send it in. Your OWN original work. Any Style. Any Instruments. Be Creative. Find out more about The Important Stuff’.

Winners announced in October 2020.

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