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, others by governments, private organisations, even international groups.

Competitions are listed in curriculum areas [Language, Mathematics, The Arts, … ] plus Challenges and Other Areas sections. In some cases, the listing is broken into sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .

Sporting competitions and events such as Eisteddfods are not listed on either page.

Competitions vary from local, state, national and international level. While most run in calendar years, others start in one year and end in the next, e.g. Tropfest, ANZAC Day. 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 or ages as indicated.

We have broken the listing into two pages for two reasons. The first limits the size of both pages. The second allows for additions over the coming year from recommendations or our discovery.


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Science

Australian Science Olympiads

‘The Australian Science Olympiads are a national enrichment program for secondary science students. They provide rewarding opportunities for students to extend themselves way beyond school science through challenging exams, stimulating extensions and enrichment programs and international competitions. The Australian Science Olympiad Exams are challenging exams students sit in their school during July and August. Students can access free support to prepare themselves for the exam, and their performance is recognised with certificates and special invitations to residential and enrichment programs. We also offer the Junior Science Olympiad Exam for students in Years 7-10.

Based on their performance at the Australian Science Olympiads Summer School, students will go on to represent Australia at one of the International Science Olympiads in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and the Junior Science Olympiads.

Registration for the 2022 Australian Science Olympiads will open in mid-2022. We encourage all students and schools interested in taking part in 2022 to sign up for our e-newsletter.

There is a wide range of information about all aspects of these exams available from this page as well as on each of the 5 individual pages below.

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Biology

This is a ‘Challenging online Biology exam for high performing Science students’.

The date for the Chemistry Exam is 5 August 2022. Other essential information can be found via the links on the Australian Science Olympiads page.

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Chemistry

This is a ‘Challenging online Chemistry exam for high performing Science students’.

The date for the Chemistry Exam is 4 August 2022. Other essential information can be found via the links on the Australian Science Olympiads page.

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Earth and Environmental Science

This is a ‘Challenging online Earth and Environmental Science exam for high performing Science students’.

The date for the Earth and Environmental Science Exam is 3 August 2022. Other essential information can be found via the links on the Australian Science Olympiads page.

Australian Science Olympiad Exams - Physics

This is a ‘Challenging online Physics exam for high performing Science students’.

The date for the Physics Exam is 2 August 2022. Registrations close on 31 July 2022. Other essential information can be found via the links on the Australian Science Olympiads page.

Junior Science Olympiad Exam

‘The Junior Science Olympiad Exam is designed to take science students in Years 7 to 10 to the next level. The exam is based on general science content [Biology, Chemistry and Physics] and assumes students have a good knowledge of the Australian Curriculum – Science up to a Year 10 level. Some questions in the exam may also involve higher-level content [such as might be encountered by an extended Year 10 student]. A range of analysis questions will also be included for which any necessary extra information is provided. A range of analysis questions will also be included for which any necessary extra information is provided. The exam is held online, is two hours long and questions are multiple choice’.

* ‘Students in Year 7 – 10 may sit the Australian Science Olympiads in addition to the Junior Science Olympiads’.

Registration for the Junior Science Olympiad Exam will reopen in 2022. The Junior Science Olympiad Exam will be held on Friday 29 July 2022. Other information is found on the Australian Science Olympiads page above.

Australian Space Design Competition

ASDC ‘Hosts a number of industry simulation experiences for school students. These combine elements of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM], with an emphasis on teamwork, marketing, and human relations to provide a unique set of challenges for young people’. Linked to the Australian Space Design Competitions [see Science section below].

* Year 8 students are only able to compete if their team contains students in Years 9 – 12.

A Timeline is available on the Home Page which now shows the Challenge dates, including those for payment of the Finals Invoice. Further information is found in the FAQ section on the About Us page.

Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

‘The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an annual water science competition for high school students. Students are challenged to create solutions for water challenges – with the national prize awarded at Ozwater. The winner of the Australian competition is invited to participate in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. The prestigious international award is awarded each World Water Week in Sweden’.

* ‘Entered projects must have been developed while still in secondary school. If students have just graduated from secondary school, but have not yet started university, they will still be eligible to enter the competition. Individuals and groups of up to three students are eligible to enter’ .

The Guidelines and Information Kit provides all essential information from what the prize is about to Key Dates and a Timeline. NOTE : that this competition runs over two [2] years with a Project Outline due at the beginning of December, the completed project in mid-February of the next year. If interested in the next event, monitor this during late Term 3 and during Term 4 to ensure your ability to enter the competition.

BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards

‘The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science and engineering awards. The Awards are a partnership between the BHP Foundation, CSIRO and the Australian Science Teachers Association [ASTA]. Entry to the Awards is via nomination only through a state or territory Science Teachers Association competition. Student finalists also have the chance to represent the Awards at the International Science and Engineering Fair in the USA’.

The About page covers information on Entry, Student Awards, Teacher Awards, Partners, Alumni and News. Most contain links to further information. For State Competition details which lead up to this one, check the links below.

SEA*ACT : Science & Engineering Fair[ACT]

‘Participation in the SEAACT Science & Engineering Fair provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of science inquiry processes as outlined in the Science Inquiry Skills strand of the Australian Curriculum. It will also enable the community, including other students and teachers, to see project work done by students in ACT colleges, school and preschools. Selected entries may be eligible for the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. Check information SEAACT : BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards’.

* Age groupings are - Early Childhood – Preschool to Year 2, Primary Years 3 to 6, Special Education [All age groups] and Secondary/Post Compulsory Years 7 to 12.

Detailed information is available through the Science Fair Book. A Science Fair Tips video is also available on the site. Monitor the site for 2022 information.

STANSW Young Scientist Awards[NSW]

‘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 worthwhile incentives to carry out scientific investigations or inventions. It provides teachers with valuable resources and professional learning opportunities’.

* Age groupings are - Years K-2, Primary Years 3-4, Years 5-6, Years 7-8, Years 9-10 and Years 11-12. There are also separate awards for specific groups in both Primary and Secondary, e.g. Rural Young Primary Scientist. ‘Students from other Australian states and territories can enter the STANSW Young Scientist Awards and be in the running for any of the category or sponsored prizes. However, we strongly encourage students from outside NSW to enter their own state-based competitions and only enter STA NSW Young Scientist if their state-based competition does not have categories that support their project’.

The Competition link in the top menu on the above page provides access to Key Dates, Rules, How to Enter [including entry form], Prizes [Primary and Secondary], Judging, Support and more.

Young Territory Young Scientist Competition[NT]

‘The Young Territory Young Scientist Competition is open to all Northern Territory school students. Encourage your teacher to submit your work [see the above page for these]’. The Competition Booklet lists several good reasons for you to enter the competition.

The Competition Booklet provides a wealth of information including Categories you can enter, Closing date for Entries, Judging process for each category, links to the Science Awards and more. The Entry Form has a separate link on the home page.

Queensland Science Contest [STAQ][Qld]

‘The Contest aims to stimulate an ongoing interest in the study of science by encouraging students of all ages to participate in the process of self-motivated project work; giving all students of Queensland the opportunity to communicate their passion and understanding of science to a wider audience; and according recognition of effort and achievement to students who participate. The Contest aims to promote the direct involvement of Queensland students in the processes and communication of science’.

* The are seven [7] age divisions for the competition. Details of these are found via links on the Science Contest Information page. Individuals and groups of 2 or 3 students may submit an entry.

The Handbook provides information on all aspects of the competition. The Entry closing date and costs of entry [individual and group] are found on the home page.

Oliphant Science Awards [SASTA][SA]

‘The Oliphant Science Awards are a wonderful opportunity for school students to develop their interests in science through a competition with a range of categories to suit a wide variety of abilities and interests. Learning science encourages students to develop a range of skills such as observation, prediction and communication as well as expanding their knowledge within and between the diverse domains of science’.

Event Information provides details on Key Dates, and has links to Award Categories, New and Country Schools Incentives [Application Closing Date : Monday 14 February 2022], Entry Fees, Conditions of Entry, Sponsor Prizes and the Open Day.

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Tasmanian Science Talent Search[Tas.]

‘The Tasmanian Science talent Search [TSTS] is an initiative of the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania Inc. [STAT]. It has been operating continuously since 1960 [though not always by the same name]’. Each year there is a specific theme around which the competition is based. Multiple sections appeal to different learners and learning styles.

Each year there is a theme and a Talent Search Information Booklet available from the home page. The latter can be read online or downloaded [PDF]. It contains all essential information including entry dates.

Science Victoria : Science Talent Search[Vic.]

‘The Science Talent Search is an annual, science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria. Science Talent Search fits closely with the Victorian Curriculum philosophy of teaching and learning. There is a close match between many STS sections and the Victorian Curriculum Learning Areas, Strands and Substrands. The STS theme for 2022 is Glass : More than meets the eye. There are set topics for Creative Writing and Posters/Scientific Wallcharts sections only’.

All essential information can be found via links at the bottom of the above page covering Key Dates, Registration, FAQs, Judging Day, Exhibition and Presentation Day and much more. You can also access information through the Handbook.

Science Talent Search [STAWA][WA]

‘The Science Talent Search is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their interests in Science through a competition with a range of categories to suit a wide variety of abilities and interests. The Science Talent Search also provides students with an opportunity to expand their scientific literacy, by showing interest and understanding in the world around them and engaging in discussions about Science. The Science Talent Search categories are curriculum based and link directly to Western Australian curriculum’.

Information about Key Dates, Rules, Registration, Entry Categories [3], Prizes, Resources, Judging and Feedback can be found using the links on the above page.

ANSTO’s National Science Week Hackathon 2021

‘The aim of the Hackathon is for secondary school students to gain experience in science, innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will also gain creative confidence, valuable team-working skills, interviewing skills, experience with online collaboration tools and have a chance to interact with scientists, professionals and entrepreneurs’.

* Australian Secondary School students in Years 7-9 [Junior Division] and years 10-11 [Senior Division] interested in Science and Technology. Schools may apply to enter one team in each division . Recommended team size is between 3-7 students. Students within teams can be from different year levels, but must compete in the division of their oldest student .

The following information is available from the home page : Hackathon Challenge Theme, Key Dates from the Pre-Hackathon through to the announcement of Winners, How to enter, Challenge Briefs, FAQs, When and Where it occurs plus Additional Information.

Big Ideas Forum [ANSTO]

‘ANSTO Big Ideas encourages students to creatively communicate the work of an Australian scientist and explain how their work has inspired them to come up with a Big Idea to make our world a better place. It is intended to engage and support Australian students in years 7-10 in Science and encourage them to pursue studies and careers in STEM’

* The competition has teams of 2 students. Their teacher is the one who will be required to submit the entry and accompany the team on the Science Experience if they win.

The Forum runs across two years. Entries usually end in December of the current year with the prizes [ANSTO Science Experience - Year 10 in Sydney and Synchrotron Science Experience - Years 7-9 in Melbourne] in June of the next year. All details can be found on both the Get Started and Entry Guidelines pages.

Big Science Competition

‘The Big Science Competition is a 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing science knowledge, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable [and interesting]! The Competition is an easy way to challenge students from Years 7 to 10 and track their performance against state or national averages. Competition questions are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science’.

Competition Dates plus entry fee details are available from the site while there are links on the right hand side of the above page, especially the Cost and how to get involved page link.

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CQ Junior Robotics Competition[Qld *]

‘Get your students interested in STEM and register a team or come along to the CQ Junior Robotics Competition event. Not only will it be lots of fun, but it will help your students develop pivotal skills in problem solving, creativity, critical thinking and teamwork. Schools and individuals travel to Rockhampton each year from throughout the Central Queensland region’.

* ‘Open to all primary and secondary school students at a recognised education provider within Central Queensland [including Mackay to Bundaberg and out west to Longreach]. There are different divisions that cater for various age groups. Participants may enter as individuals or as a team’.

Details are available from the Participant Information and Mentor Information pages. Event date and venue are found on the home page above. Monitor for 2022 details.

CREST [CSIRO]

‘An inquiry-based program, CREST offers students the opportunity to explore STEM topics of interest and provides a framework to support teachers through the inquiry continuum. CREST is a non-competitive program tailored to differing student ability across the inquiry continuum. A number of structured and guided science investigations and technology and engineering projects are available through CREST Online [you need to login, or set up a new free account or join, in order to access this]’.

* The competition has six different award levels : Green, Orange, Blue, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students conducting a CREST inquiry may work alone or in a team of up to three students.

The school registration process is done by a teacher through the CREST Online portal . Schools need to renew access each year. All relevant information can be found using the CREST Factsheet, the CREST Teacher Handbook or the Frequently Asked Questions in CREST Online as well as the four sections. linked from the boxes on the home page.

Education Perfect [EP]- Science World Championships

‘As of 2021, the World Series events have been split into Northern and Southern Hemisphere Championships to better accommodate global school schedules. We are in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a free event where students can show off their scientific knowledge. This competition celebrates learning and achievement in Science while providing curriculum-aligned content for students to earn points and participate with competitors all around Australia and New Zealand’.

Check for 2022 details on this page. It currently shows the previous year’s dates. Check out the video on the Getting Started with Education Perfect Science [Australia] page to learn how to get started..

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Earth and Environmental Science : Earth Systems Study Competition[SA & NT]

‘The Geoscience Pathways Project [GPP] is pleased to announce the Earth and Environmental Science : Earth Systems Study Competition. Eligible students are invited to create a 2 minute video highlighting their community involvement in an environmental issue covered in their major external assessment piece’.

* ‘The prize is open to all year 12 students [in South Australia and the orthern Territory] currently enrolled in SACE Stage 2 Earth & Environmental Science who want the opportunity to share their ideas about their community and the world they live in’.

Information about Prizes, Judging, specific Requirements, Submitting an Entryand Dates, as well as several documents you can download, are all available from the home page above.

Expedition Class

‘Expedition Class was created to inspire and motivate students in science and environmental education through a unique model of adventure learning. By collaborating with schools and external organisations and conducting small footprint journeys, the goal was to provide free online learning resources, school visits and professional learning for teachers in Australia and further afield. Expedition Class, through the Bookend Trust, is now an extensive archive of K-10 programs that continues to be open and available to teachers and students worldwide’.

A great way for educators to understand what options are available/involved and stay in touch is to sign up for regular email updates [see bottom of the home page for this option].

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’.

* ‘There are two age categories : Junior - under 18 years on submission deadline and Youth - over 18 years on submission deadline [submission deadline, then end of the Qualification Round, previously the end of April]’.

The home page above has information covering Participation, Process and Rounds, Information for Teachers and Schools, Materials and Documents [multiple options including Timetable and Deadlines and various Flyers, FAQs, Costs and more,.

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 four students form a marketing consultancy and prepare advertising material to support a proposed space settlement. The same scenario is used for the JSDC and ASDC competitions each year’.

The home page [above] includes a Timeline, description of the task, what you receive following registration, registration options, information for teachers, examples of previous submissions, and access to an online entry form.

Paper Planes Challenge

‘Our annual Paper Plane Challenge is an excellent STEM engagement activity that aligns learning in science with design thinking and is perfect for school activities and events including National Science Week. Each year Schools [or parents] can register any K-12 students who have made the qualifying distance or time for our Young Scientist Paper Plane State Championship produced in partnership with the University of Sydney’. Part of the Association’s Young Scientist Awards.

Monitor for information regarding the various requirements of the 2022 Paper Planes Challenge.

Robogals

‘The Robogals Science Challenge is an Australia-wide online STEM competition for girls ages 5-15. It aims to promote innovation and exploration through hands-on projects, which can be completed with a friend, parent, or mentor. The competition format has two main Challenges. Girls are required to complete 2 Minor Challenges before being eligible for the Major Challenge’. It is also part of a global challenge with the same title.

* ‘Participants are entered into one of three age divisions - Junior : 5 – 8 years, Intermediate : 9 – 12 years and Senior : 13 – 15 years. The Science Challenge is only accepting girls and gender-diverse students as entrants in the Major Challenge. This means that boys can still register for the Science Challenge and participate in Minor Challenges, however they cannot enter the Major Challenge’.

The Robogals Science Challenge page details Minor and major Challenges, Age categories, Key Dates, How to Participate and has a link to Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs].

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Science and Engineering Investigation Awards [University of Tasmania][Tas.]

‘The Awards allow school students to either investigate a topic of their choice following the scientific method of inquiry and experimentation or engineer physical solutions [prototypes] to address specific problems or needs. Students plan what they are going to do, carry out their experiments or create their prototypes, then share their findings with judges from research, industry and education. Participating in the Awards is free and students will receive a certificate acknowledging their efforts’.

Please get in touch if you want to be notified about our programs. ‘2022 Awards information coming in February’.

Science iQ [ STAWA][WA]

‘ScienceiQ is for school teams of four students [in the nominated school years in West Australian schools]. Separate Competitions run each term. The ScienceiQ quizzes test student knowledge, skills and understandings in most areas of Science, including science inquiry skills. Students finishing in the shortest time with the most questions correct will earn the bragging rights for that competition’

* For West Australian students. Different year competitions take part in the competitions each term. Term 1 - Years 6 and 8, Term 2 - Years 5, 7 and 9, Term 3 - Years 6 and 7, Term 4 - Years 5 and 8.

Information about competitions, start date [each term], costs, prizes and registration are available from the above page

ScienceXart : Spot the Maths

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. A collaboration with reSolve and supported by the Australian Mathematical Society and the Statistical Society of Australia’.

* ‘There will be four school categories - Foundation to Year 3, Year 4 to Year 6, Year 7 to Year 9 and Year 10 to Year 12’.

The home page provides information covering Key Dates, How to Enter, Categories, Prizes, Lesson and Curriculum resources and more.

Shorebirds Competition [ANSTO]

‘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’. The How to Enter section on the above page provides a range of information.

* Open to students in Years 3 to 6 in the Greater Sydney/Illawarra and Melbourne areas.

The home page gives details covering How to Enter, Key Dates, specific requirements, Terms and Judging, Prizes, plus lessons that can be used as part of the competition.

Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

‘The 2022 University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize will be awarded for a short [2-minute] film that communicates a scientific concept in an accessible and engaging way. Films must be based on the 2022 theme, Change. The main website is an Australian Museum website. Multiple Teacher resources are available.

* ‘Entry is free and open to all primary and secondary school students studying at schools in Australia and its territories [as defined by the Australian Government]. Entries may be submitted by an individual student or a team of no more than six students. It should be entered in the appropriate category for the oldest member of the group’.

The Australian Museum site above provides 2022 Key Dates, School Science details, Frequently Asked Questions and Tips for Entrants.

SPECTRA

ASTA. ‘SPECTRA, or Science Program Exciting Children Through Research Activities, is a national science award program developed and administered by ASTA for students between Years 1 and 10. SPECTRA can be used as a class activity; to extend capable students; to encourage and inspire students that find science a challenge; in school science clubs; in homeschooling and by community groups [e.g. scouts]’. SPECTRA Information for Teachers will give greater clarity about the value and process of this.

* ‘SPECTRA is aimed at, but not restricted to, Years 5-10. Junior SPECTRA is aimed at, but not restricted to, Years 1-4. Junior SPECTRA has Spike the Echidna on every card’.

The program is ongoing with no given deadlines. Check details on the SPECTRA Information for Teachers page.

The Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest[Vic.]

‘Year 10 students from across Victoria with an interest in maths, science, engineering and project management are invited to represent their schools in our annual Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest. Teams will compete to build the most amazing ‘spaghetti machine’ — an overly complex device that performs a relatively simple task’. Open to Year 10 students in Victoria.

Information on the 2022 Schedule, Task, Rules and How to Enter can be found via links on the home page.

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 a nominated theme, which must be 800 words or less’.

* ‘Entry is open to Year 7 to 10 [inclusive] students who, during the entirety of the period, of the competition are either enrolled in an Australian secondary school or registered or approved for home schooling by the relevant Australian state or territory authority. If a Participant is under the age of 18 years at the time the Participant submits their entry, the Participant’s parent or guardian must authorise the Participant’s entry into the Competition, and agree to the terms and conditions of the Competition on the Participant’s behalf, by completing the Parental Consent Form’.

There is considerable essential information on the home page, including Links to Entries, FAQs, Teacher resources, Writing Tips, Australian curriculum links and more. Relevant details can also be found in the Terms & Conditions document.

Zayed Sustainability Prize

‘The Zayed Sustainability Prize, an evolution of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability and a tribute to the legacy of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The application must be supported by the school and its management’. This is a Biennial competition.

* ‘The Global High Schools award aims to encourage innovation amongst youth, in developed and developing nations alike. It is open to educational institutions targeting high school students of age from 11 years old to 19 year old’.

Information from the Global High Schools page is found here. Note : The dated competition closes during the year before [e.g. 2022 closes in May 2021].

Biology

iGEM Competition

‘The iGEM Competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Made up of primarily university students, multidisciplinary teams work together to design, build, test, and measure a system of their own design using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques’.

* Teams may also be composed of postgraduate students, high school students, or community lab members

Use the menu on the left to access for a wide range of information including Competition, Teams, Judging, Resources, Safety, Videos and, most importantly, the Calendar.

UQ Sunflower Competition[Qld]

‘The competition is designed to inspire current science students to become the next generation of plant and agricultural scientists. It provides interactive learning opportunities through school-based experiments and supports teachers to deliver their science curriculum in a plant-based context’.

* Only students in Years 8 - 12 in Queensland are eligible

‘We did not host the Sunflower Competition in 2021. We will email you when we run the next event. In the meantime, we encourage you to grow your own sunflowers and conduct experiments’. Monitor regularly for updates.

Chemistry

International Chemistry Quiz

‘The ICQ is a unique chemical education activity. It provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry in an exciting and stimulating way. The ICQ aims to promote interest in chemistry and the role of chemists in our society. It is not a nationwide assessment of chemistry knowledge, but rather an opportunity to promote chemistry and for teachers to gauge the understanding their students have of the subject. Previously called the Australian National Chemistry Quiz.

* There are four age levels at which students can compete : Junior – Years 7 & 8; Intermediate – Years 9 & 10; Senior – Year 11; and Final – Year 12

Dates for Registration to open and for the Quiz can be found on the above page. Past papers can also be purchased via the link at the bottom of the home page.

RACI Titration Competition

‘The RACI’s Titration Competition is designed to encourage secondary students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their scientific skills and understanding. It provides students an opportunity to experience conducting an experiment in a laboratory environment at a local university in their state and the chance to compete at a national level’.

‘Entries for the 2022 Competition open Term 1 2022’. All other relevant details from state/territory through to national level are available from the above page.

Physics

A Beamline for Schools Competition

‘Beamline for Schools invites teams of high-school students to propose a scientific experiment that they want to perform at a particle accelerator. The two teams that prepare the best proposals will win a trip to a particle accelerator facility to perform their experiments at a fully-equipped beamline. In 2022 the experiments will be performed at one of the beamlines of the CERN Proton Synchrotron accelerator. 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”.’

* ‘High-school students from all over the world aged 16 and older on the first day of their visit at the laboratory [usually September or October of the year of the competition] are eligible. Younger students may be part of a team, but cannot be invited on site in the event of winning the competition. Participants must be in high/secondary school when submitting the proposal’

All details including dates, requirements, How to Enter, how to submit videos and FAQs can be found via the home page and via the Terms and Conditions and FAQs pages.

International Young Physicists’ Tournament

‘The nature of the tournament promotes scientific research and problem solving stretching the participants to work on very complex problems. IYPT 2022 is to be hosted in Timisoara, Romania in from 15-16 till 23 July 2022’. The IYPT Australia Challenge linked to the 2022 international event was held in December 2021. The Australian Challenge for the 2023 International Challenge should be held in the same time pattern.

* ‘In the Australian competition only one team per school is permitted [min 3 students, max 5 students]. An Australian Squad of 8 to 10 students is formed comprising the winning team and five invited members. The five invitations will be based upon observations at the competition and the marks from Stage 2’.

Australian Competition details are found on the page above. Further information can also be accessed, if necessary, by contacting Mr Alan Allison using the contact details provided. International information can be found via the menu links at the top of the International page above.

Junior Young Physicists’ Tournament

‘The JYPT is an exciting opportunity for teams of enthusiastic Science students in the Asia Pacific Region to come together and participate in “Physics Fights”, collaborate with fellow student scientists from around the region and take home the title of JYPT Champion. Each year the JYPT is held at a different school in the Asia Pacific Region’.

* Students MUST NOT be in their last 2 years of schooling, [unless they turn 16 after the 31st of December of the year of the tournament] AND MUST NOT have participated in national qualifying competitions for the International Young Physicists’ Tournament [IYPT].

Information about the tournament, Problems, venues and the Schedule are found using the menu items at the top of the above page.

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Social Science

General Social Science 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’.

Championship Dates, Prizes, Certificates and basic rules are found on the page above. There is also further information specifically for Teachers & Tutors, Students, Parents and IT Staff via the menu on the Help page and also the Online Events Guide.

Economics

BlueShift High School Business Case Competition

‘BlueShift is a business case competition for secondary school students. Participants compete in teams of three or four to analyse the business challenge and prepare a written solution to a real business case. Teams with the best submissions present their ideas to a panel of judges at the BlueShift finals held at our Gardens Point campus in Brisbane’. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, Contact Us.

* ‘Year 10, 11 or 12 and enrolled in high-school as a full-time student at the time of the BlueShift finals. Teams consist of three to four students in total, from the same school and can consist of any combination of students enrolled in Year 10, 11 and 12,. A school can register up to three teams each year’

‘Key Dates for the current competition, plus links to How to Enter information and how to Prepare for the Competition’ are available on the home page above.

Digital Illuminate:nextgen Challenge

‘The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is the flagship program of illuminate Education Australia, providing high school [and Primary] students with an authentic entrepreneurial environment for them to activate the confidence, creativity and capability to reach their full potential through solving problems in their community. Supported by experienced facilitators at every stage with input from the community and our partners, participants work in teams to develop a new project or business idea while developing key life skills including - Communication, Understanding, Solving Problems and how to Work Smart’.

The home page provides links to Register for an Upcoming Program, See dates for these and Contact details if further information if this is required. You can also find out more about the mix of technologies which are used.

Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition

‘Business Planning enables students to see the interconnectedness in business operations allowing them to have an in-depth understanding of business functions. Introducing the Competition as part of your teaching and assessment will provide a real world context for student learning

* ‘Open to individual students of any age, attending a registered secondary school in Australia. Groups of up to six students can submit an entry. There are two divisions in the competition’

See this Flyer for further details about Why you should enter, Divisions, Judging, Prizes and Criteria pus the Entry Form [including closing date for entries and where they have to be sent].

Schools Sharemarket Game

‘While you teach your students about investing and the Sharemarket, they can put into practice what they are learning by playing the Sharemarket Game. Students receive a virtual $50 000 they can invest over a 10 week period, in over 200 companies listed on the ASX. The prices students buy and sell at are the same prices as they would get in the live market so this is as close to real life share trading as you can get’.

* ‘Only teachers can register for the Game. Students compete either individually or in a group of 2 to 4 students’.

A Teachers Getting Started Guide is available here. Information on Log Ins and new registrations, Game Features, How the Game works, 2022 Game Dates and Games Prizes can be found on the home page above.

Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge

‘The Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge only runs for two weeks, usually in Term 3, each year. The Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge uses ESSI Money PLUS as the platform but is a separate competition from the regular game. You must be a Teacher Member of the Financial Basics Foundation in order to register a class for the Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge. The Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge also includes an additional financial literacy quiz that students must complete at the end of the game’.

* In the Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge students are separated into two age categories : 12-15 and 16-18.

Full details can be found via the ESSI Money first page and the other links listed under the same title at the top of the second page.

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

‘The competition offers young entrepreneurs the opportunity to work on their ideas and to exchange ideas, thoughts on entrepreneurship and challenges they face in a global community. It is particularly important to us to support especially young people in realising their ideas and entrepreneurial goals. Participants with an idea or project, a concept, solution, or initiative with a societal impact that champion and help implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are welcome to join’.

The Timeline [currently 2021] is found here. Other links listed at the bottom of both the above pages under Competition Information provide other essential information.

Geography

Australian Geography Competition

‘The Australian Geography Competition is a contest for Australian secondary school students, assessing their geographical knowledge and skills. The Competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence’. For details relating to the International Geography Olympiad [iGeo] check the item 4 below this.

* The Competition is open to students in all Years of secondary school. Primary schools may also enter. Teachers should check past questions for level of difficulty.

2022 Competition Dates : 24 March to 6th April. Check the links for School Information, Online Entry and Important Dates listed in the Information for Teachers section on the home page.

Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition

‘The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. The aim of the contest is to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children. The competition is organised every two years. In a national round in all participating ICA member countries, the national winners are selected, which are exhibited during the International Cartographic Conference, where the international winners are selected’.

The next competition will not be held until 2023. If interested, the homepage provides access to information about all relative aspects of the competition [using the 2021 competition information].

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GTA NSW/ACT Young Geographer Awards[NSW/ACT]

‘The Young Geographer Awards invites students to demonstrate engagement with Geography, the discipline and with the tools and skills of Geography through the creation and conduct of an inquiry-based research project. Although it is not essential, teachers are encouraged to incorporate the research and construction of the project into their teaching programs to help support students’.

* Prizes are awarded based on categories as shown in the last Award Flyer [see below]. The competition runs across 2 years [1 year and the first term of the following year].

The previous Award flyer provided all relevant information for the competition. Monitor for the 2022 flyer to be issued.

International Geography Bee

‘The Australia and New Zealand Division of the International Geography Bee was founded to give students throughout Australia and New Zealand a chance to compete at the regional, divisional, and global levels in a new academic competition testing comprehensive knowledge of world geography. Our hope is that through the creation of a new worldwide geography competition, students in Australia and New Zealand will further their knowledge of geography in an enjoyable way, and make friends with like-minded students from around their nation and their world.

* ‘Any primary or secondary student with an interest in geography is welcome to compete. Students must be enrolled in a primary or secondary school and not have already graduated high school at the time they take the Championships Qualifying Exam. The International Geography Bee consists of 3 Age Divisions - Varsity : Years 11 and 12; Junior Varsity - Years 9 and 10; Middle School - Year 8 and younger. Homeschoolers can also compete’ .

Check the FAQs page for information about most of the essential information required.

MapIT

‘Specific resources are available for students. This encompasses Lesson Plans, Teacher Resources and Student Resources. Students are guided through this process to create their own maps using spatial technology software, highlighting a recommendation they make for the improvement of their 20 Minute Neighbourhood’. MapIT! Stimulus provides further information.

Teacher instructions and Students booklets are available and provide a wide range of information. The Entry Form is in the MapIT! Stimulus document [see above].

The International Geography Olympiad [iGeo]

‘The aims of the Olympiad are to stimulate active interest in geographical and environmental studies among young people; contribute positively to debate about the importance of geography as a senior secondary school subject by drawing attention to the quality of geographical knowledge, skills and interests among young people; and facilitate social contacts between young people from different countries and in doing so, contribute to the understanding between nations’.

* ‘An annual competition for the best 16 to 19 year old geography students from all over the world. The iGeo consists of three parts : a written test, a multimedia test and substantial fieldwork requiring observation, leading to cartographic representation and geographical analysis’ .

The 2022 Olympiad will be held the week of July 11th 2022 in Paris, France Information covering The Next iGeo [dates, venue], Test Guidelines, Statutes, National Competitions and more are available from the menu on the left of the home page.

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History

Anzac Day Schools’ Award

‘The Department of Veterans’ Affairs [DVA] is proud to host the 2021 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards, recognising the commitment of students, teachers and schools to engage with veterans and honour Australia’s wartime history. Each year we choose a different theme to reflect a significant anniversary or an aspect of Australia’s wartime history’.

* ‘Entries can be submitted by a class, a year level or a whole school’ .

Information on the Annual Theme, Ideas for your entry, Prizes covering several categories], Judging, Entry Requirements and a link to contact the Department if you have questions are all available from the home page above. There is a also a Flyer available to download.

Anzac Spirit Study Tour[NT]

‘The annual Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit Study Tour promotes the importance of Anzac Day, Australia’s involvement in various conflicts since, and the importance of peacekeeping missions today. It provides an opportunity for three Year 9 or 10 students, accompanied by two chaperones, to visit battlefields of significance to Australia and the Anzac’.

General Information, Contacts, How students enter, How teachers apply, plus Previous Winners can be found using the links on the home page.

Australian History Competition

‘The Australian History Competition will help your teaching in many ways. It provides an interesting, challenging and rewarding experience that will help motivate your students. The AHC also showcases to students and other staff that History is an important subject with opportunities to excel at a national level’.

* ‘The program will provide two separate papers : A Year 7 and 8 paper, broadly based on the Years 7-8 Australian Curriculum : History and a Year 9 and paper, broadly based on the Years 9-10 Australian Curriculum : History’ .

The home page provides Key Dates, Registration information and options [new and previous applicants], Costs, Prizes, Sample questions and FAQs. You can also download a Poster and/or a Flyer from the page. Registrations close at the end of March.

Extension History Essay Prize [HTANSW]][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.

* ‘The Extension History Essay Prize is open to essays that do not present a significant overlap with other senior history syllabus content. Only 2 entries per school’ .

Entry requirements, Essay requirements, How to enter and closing date details are found on the above page.

HTAV Historical Fiction Competition[Vic.]

‘Inspire your Year 5-10 students to create stories based on historical events and people. Students can write about any period of history as long as the entry has a convincing setting that is historically correct in time and place’. 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 in other states that are institutional members of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. ‘Competitions categories are for Year, 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8 and Years 9 and 10’.

Closing date for the 2022 Competition is Tuesday 2 August 2022. Information about the Judging criteria and How to Submit your entry as well as a Competition Flyer are available from the above page.

International History Bee & Bowl [Australia/New Zealand]

‘The International History Bee and Bowl are two history quiz competitions which are held around the world. The Bee is for individual students; the Bowl is for teams. This website has all the details on our tournaments for students in Australia and New Zealand’.

* ‘You must also be enrolled in a primary or secondary school at the time of your regional tournament [or have graduated within the past two months, and not yet have started university studies]. For the 2021-2022 academic year, in order to compete in the Junior Varsity Division of the History Bee, you must have been born in September 2005 or more recently. If you wish to compete in the Middle School division, you must have been born in September 2007 or more recently. There is no younger age limit – a brilliant and well-behaved 8 year-old is welcome to compete’.

All relevant details can be found on the Register page - Eligibility, Schedule, Format, Costs, Awards, Asian & Oceania Championships Qualification, Registration Forms, Registration Deadline, Online Competition Guide, Online Competition Rules, COBA Test Guide. Other information may also be found using the menu items at the top of the page.

International History Olympiad

‘Students can qualify in one of seven [7] 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’.

* ‘Any student who qualified and was born in 2012 or earlier can compete. Students competing in the Elementary Division [typically students born in 2011 or 2012, or students who will have only finished the equivalent of 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in the USA by July 2022] are welcome to come if they have qualified but they must come with a parent or guardian’.

The next International History Olympiad will be held 25 July - 1 August 2022 in the USA. Additional details can be found using the Register, Calendar [new listing in January 2022] and Events pages.

National History Challenge

‘The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots. It emphasises and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation’. The theme for 2022 is Causes and Consequence.

Check the Key Dates, Contest Information, Criteria and FAQ pages for all essential details for 2022.

Peace in the Pacific Study Tour[NT]

‘The Chief Minister’s Peace in the Pacific Study Tour offers Territory students an opportunity to learn about the shared military history between the Northern Territory [NT] and the United States of America. 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’.

Due to coronavirus [COVID-19], the resumption of the study tour will be determined based on advice from relevant authorities. Monitor for updates.

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize[Tas.]

‘The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize [FMMP)]is an essay competition that commemorates and preserves the meaning of the Anzac spirit in the Tasmanian community. In 2021, the essay competition was open to all Tasmanian students in Year 9 and Year 10 and will be awarded to 12 students, six from each grade. Prize winners will take part in a study tour that will travel in 2022 to visit sites and landmarks related to Australia’s military history. Students also undertake research into individual soldiers as part of the preparation for the Study Tour’. Information is also available from this site.

* ‘Open to all Tasmanian students in Year 9 and Year 10’.

You can find further information from their Facebook page. Media announcement and official presentation was October 2021. Travel in April 2022.

The Premier’s Anzac Prize[Qld]

‘The annual Premier’s Anzac Prize provides a life-changing opportunity for 8 high school students to experience the Anzac tradition first-hand and to see how the Anzac legacy relates to modern Australian life. The department acknowledges the support received for the 2020 recipients from the program’s sponsor, RSL Queensland, in this unusual year and their commitment to the future of the prize’.

Further information regarding the 2022 Premier’s Anzac Prize program and application process will be published on this page [not yet completed]. You can also access a range of Resources by visiting this page.

The Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize[SA]

‘The Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize provides young South Australians with the opportunity to examine and empathise with the remarkable sacrifices of South Australian service men and women during the 20th century. Students who are awarded the prize are invited to participate in a state government fully funded study tour’.

* ‘Open to South Australian students in Years 9 and 10. Each school can submit up to 4 entries. Students can also enter via a community group, such as the Australian Defence Forces cadets. This entry must be submitted through the student’s school and can be in addition to the 4 regular school entries’.

Entry details and How [and when] to Enter for 2022 can be found on the above page. There is also Contact details should you require further information.

The Simpson Prize

‘The Simpson Prize requires you to respond to the question provided using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection [which can be found at https://www.awm.gov.au/learn/schools/simpson2022] and your own research. You are encouraged to discuss and respond to the question from a variety of perspectives, both individual and national using a variety of sources. You are expected to make effective use of a minimum of four of the sources provided [see link above]. Up to half of your response should also make use of information drawn from your own knowledge and research’. The competition runs across two years.

* ‘Students must be in either Year 9 or 10 to enter. Previous winners are ineligible to apply, however previous runners-up are welcome to apply again’.

Entries to the 2022 competition have closed. Note : Those winners will participate in Simpson Prize activities in 2022. Use the How to Enter page to monitor when the 2023 competition opens later in the year.

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Technology

Aurecon - Bridge Building Competition

‘The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition offers secondary school students ‘real-world’ experience of what they can look forward to as future engineering students and professionals. Aurecon believes the engineering, science and technology industries must work together and lead efforts to make STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects] more accessible and appealing to young students’.

General information available from the home page, but for detailed information including Judging Day information, Key dates, Digital Component, Competition Checklist, Documents, FAQs and Prize information check the appropriate Competition Location from those listed on this page. 2022 specifics still to be added.

‘The Australian Mathematics Trust is a leading provider of mathematics and algorithmics enrichment programs and global competitions. We hold mathematics and algorithmics competitions, administer enrichment activities conducted for students and teachers and publish books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students’.

The Australian Mathematics Trust also runs several Mathematical competitions which are listed as a group under the Australian Mathematics Trust heading in the Mathematics section of the Competitions pages.

Four Competitions are listed below.

Australian Informatics Olympiad

‘Australian high school students interested in computer programming have very few outlets to be recognised for their abilities. The AIO challenges these students, identifies talent and can open the door to deeper engagement with problems in computer science. Students write short computer programs to solve six problems that vary in difficulty. The competition does not test computer literacy or knowledge but is focused on problem solving through programming skills’.

* ‘There are two papers — Intermediate for students up to Year 10 and Senior for students up to Year 12’.

‘Go to the AIO information page page for everything you need to know about entering your students into the AIO. The AIO will be held on Thursday 25 August 2022’.

Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad [AIIO]

‘The Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad is a programming competition for Australian and New Zealand students and is held each year in February. The AIIO is an important part of AMT’s Olympiad program and is used to identify talented students who may be invited to the Informatics Selection School in April, which is an important step in the pathway to representing Australia at the International Olympiad in Informatics’.

Information available from the above page.

Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT]

‘The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] competition is a one-hour problem-solving competition designed to encourage student curiosity and promote multiple modes of thinking. The competition is an ideal activity to encourage students to solve real-world problems. It is suitable for any mathematics class and the process helps students become more confident as they take on interesting new challenges. It is available in both online and paper format. In 2021 we extended the competition period allowing schools to sit across multiple days’.

* ‘The CAT has four divisions : Upper Primary [Years 5–6], Junior [Years 7–8], Intermediate [Years 9–10] and Senior [Years 11–12]. Paper and online versions are available’.

‘This year we are allowing a three-day window, to give you more flexible scheduling in your classes. While you can choose any day in this range, it’s ideal to have your students sit CAT on the same day. Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] will be held on Wednesday 4 May to Friday 6 May 2022’. Further information can be found in the CAT Handbook.

Oxford University Computing Challenge [OUCC]

‘The Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) builds on the principles used in the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] and helps students develop their skills further to produce programmed solutions to computational thinking problems. They will tackle problems using the Blockly programming language, as well the programming languages available at their schools for secondary levels. It’s perfect for students who have previously done well in the CAT and those who’d like to progress to the Australian Informatics Olympiad (AIO)’.

* ‘The CAT has four divisions : Upper Primary [Years 5–6], Junior [Years 7–8], Intermediate [Years 9–10] and Senior [Years 11–12]’.

Details including Key Dates [First and Second Round], Division, Scoring System and Syllabus Areas One and Two are found on the above page.

Australian STEM Video Game Challenge

‘The mission of the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge is to help engage Australian students with STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] disciplines in a new and exciting way and to facilitate inquiry-based learning that inspires and prepares the next generation of Australian students for the future. The STEM Video Game challenge 2022 theme is Network. You can check the Theme Sheet here’.

* ‘Students must be enrolled in Years 5–12 in a school located in Australia or are home-schooled in Australia’.

The Mentors Handbook contains all relevant information from Key Dates to Official Rules. Registration for the 2022 version will open in mid-February 2022.

Bebras Australia - Computational Thinking Challenge

‘An international initiative whose goal is to promote computational thinking for teachers and students. 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’.

* ‘The challenge is broken up into five age groups : Years 3/4, Years 5/6, Years 7/8, Years 9/10 and Years 11/12. Two Rounds are held in March and September’. Homeschoolers and after school groups can also take part.

See you again in March 2022 for Round 1 of the Bebras Challenge ! You need to Login or register if you have not done so previously. Other details via the Bebras FAQ page or download the Handbook [and posters] from this page.

Code Quest

‘Each year, Lockheed Martin hosts Code Quest, an annual computer programming competition where teams of two to three high school students work together to solve problems by using JAVA, Python, C#, and/or C++ programming to complete the quest. The problem set consists of 20 to 30 challenging problems created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers. Code Quest 2022 for Australia/Singapore/New Zealand will be held as Code Quest APAC”.

Australian details covering date and student eligibility and a Contact link can be found on this site. Other details are also available from the menu links at the top of the page.

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Cyber Taipan

‘CyberTaipan is an Australian Youth Cyber Defence Competition modelled on the US Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program. Throughout the competition rounds, teams of students are provided with a set of virtual images that represent different operating systems. Over a six-hour period, each team receives points for finding and fixing cyber security vulnerabilities, strengthening systems and maintaining critical services. Teams compete for a chance to represent their school or community group in the CyberTaipan National Final”.

* ‘All competitors must be high school-aged students within Australia. Each CyberTaipan team must consist of between two and six competitors enrolled in the participating school, organisation, or community group’.

Key dates can be found here, while the About CyberTaipan page provides directly, or through downloads, all required information. The home page also has links to important areas of information.

F1 in Schools [REA Foundation]

‘The world’s largest secondary school technology program. Involves over nine million students from 17 000 schools in 44 nations’. World finals held in September.

* ‘Competition Classes : Professional - The highest level of competition within F1 in Schools - Years 5-12; Development Class : Serves as the middle ground between the Cadet and Professional Class - Years 5-9; Cadet Class : The introductory Class of competition for high school students - Years 7-12; Primary Class : Engages students from as young as five in building and racing a paper-based F1 car; and Mini Project : Broken down into 6 core units of work, with downloadable teaching and learning resources, giving a versatile and manageable program – perfect for any STEM related subject - Primary students’.

Due to the impact of COVID, there was NO external competition for this project in 2021. We expect to be in a position to offer a competition in 2022. Information required can be found via the menu items on the top left of the above page.

FIRST Robotics Competition

‘A large-scale robotics competition, FIRST® Robotics Competition brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world. In building their robot and doing all the other things that go with a FIRST® Robotics Competition team, students learn valuable life skills like teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, technical science and engineering skills’ and much more.

Check the Calendar page for updates. Includes information about a range of activities. There is also information about events on the left of the home page. These give Date, Event, City and Venue details for a number of events. The 2022 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff was held on 8 January 2022.

Future Leaders Photography Prize

‘The Future Leaders Photography Prize is designed to recognise talented young photographers. Students are 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’.

‘Please send all submissions electronically by 1 May 2022 to : helen@futureleaders.com.au.

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Grok Cyber

‘The Grok Cyber activities are designed to provide school teachers with resources to support the teaching of cyber security concepts and to inform students of career opportunities in the field. All activities are classroom ready and aligned with both the Australian Curriculum : Digital Technologies and the ICT Capability’.

* ‘Grok Cyber has 3 parts : Grok Cyber Comp, Grok Cyber Pursuit/Hunt and Grok Cyber Live’. These are detailed on the site. Students can enter individually or through their school.

The Grok Cyber FAQs provide significant details about two [2] of the three [3] aspects available while information and resources are available from the home page.

Grok NCSS Challenge

‘The NCSS Challenge is unlike any other programming competition. We’ll teach you how to program as we go along, rather than expecting you to be an expert already. If you’re a seasoned coder, we have something for you too – the problems range from relatively simple to mind-bendingly hard. There’s a Challenge stream to challenge anyone !

* ‘For school students from upper primary to all levels of high school; there’s a stream to match every student’s ability [Newbies, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced]’. Each is aligned to specific levels of the Design and Technology curriculum.

Registration and Pricing information is found on the home page above. Access Pricing for all levels is found here. FAQs are answered here. Go to the Coding Events on Grok page for dates/details about the remaining stream/competitions.

IBM EdTech Youth Challenge - The Australian Museum

‘This challenge is an applied learning experience for students to understand and identify issues around environmental sustainability, health concerns and disaster resilience and how artificial intelligence [AI] technology and design thinking methods can be used to tackle these problems. The competition is open to high schools nationwide. Teachers with teams of students in Years 7 to 10 are invited to enter compelling projects where technology, with a focus on AI and machine learning, is applied to help solve existing or imminent problems facing society’.

Scroll down the home page for information covering : How to participate, Key Dates, Prizes, AI education for teachers, Judging Criteria and Conditions of Entry.

Imagine Cup

‘The Imagine Cup is full of opportunities to gain new skills, access exclusive training, unlock mentorship opportunities, have the chance to win great prizes and make a difference in the world. 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.

* You must be ‘at least 16 years of age on the nominated date and are actively enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university [or equivalent] degrees [including home schools)]at any time during the Cup period. If you have not reached the age of majority in your legal place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Competition’.

The FAQ page has multiple responses to a range of questions plus a link to the 2022 Rules and Regulations document. The Competition schedule is available on the home page.

Imagine Cup Junior AI for Good Schools Challenge

‘Imagine Cup Junior 2021 provides students aged 13 to 18 the opportunity to learn about technology and how it can be used to positively change the world. The global challenge is focused on Artificial Intelligence [AI], introducing students to AI and Microsoft’s AI for Good initiatives so they can come up with ideas to solve social, cultural and environmental issues’.

Watch this space for Imagine Cup Junior 2022 ! We will be launching the challenge in January 2022.

Jaguar Primary STEM Project

‘There is no age limit when it comes to being excited and educated by Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics [STEM]. The Primary STEM Project attracts people as young as five years of age who are tasked with building a paper version of a miniature F1® car and racing it. Thousands of primary school students participate in this program and it is not uncommon to see entire school halls filled with budding race car builders and their spectators. Getting involved is easy’.

Links on the left of the home page provide details on Getting Involved, Fees & Registration, Resources, Events Calendar [also has a link to Registration] and Contacts.

Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

‘The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship presented by Certiport, Inc. is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel® and PowerPoint®. Top students are invited to represent their respective countries at the World Championship. The FAQ and Official Rules pages provides relevant details. The Australian Championship co-ordinators are found here - Prodigy Learning.

* Check the Official Rules page [see link above] for the specific criteria regarding age, etc., for entry.

‘Please keep checking this page as more information will soon be shared about the 2022 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship !’

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MobileMuster Student Film Competition

‘You don’t have to be an experienced filmmaker to take part in MobileMuster’s Film Competition – all you need is an idea, imagination and motivation. Students get to create a one minute film encouraging your community to recycle their old mobile phones. Students can create their film is any genre [comedy, action, romance, drama, sci-fi] and style [fictional, documentary or animation] – the choice is theirs. Take a look at our amazing winners and finalists for inspiration’.

* ‘Open to all primary and secondary students in Australia – and yes, this includes homeschoolers and remote learners’. Student categories are - Lower Primary [Years 1-4], Upper Primary [Years 5-6], Lower Secondary [Years 7-9] and Upper Secondary [Years 10-12].

Key Dates and Prize information are found on the above page while Judging Criteria, Entry Guidelines and Terms & Conditions are found on this page. Monitor for the 2022 information to be incuded.

OzCLO - Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad

‘The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad is a volunteer-run contest about language for secondary school students. The contest challenges students to develop their own strategies in teams of four to solve problems about fascinating real languages’.

* There are two divisions in the OzCLO competition : Junior and Senior. Both divisions attempt the same set of questions. The difference is that they are graded separately. If at least one student in a team is in Year 11 or 12 that team is a Senior team. Teams usually have four [4] members.

Details about the Current Competition [including dates, Preparation Time and Competition Time for each state/territory for Rounds 1 and 2], Registration information, Resource and other information are available via links on the home page. Also check the Frequently Asked Questions which has a great deal of information.

Premier’s Coding Challenge[Qld]

‘The Premier’s Coding Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for all Queensland students in Years 3 to Year 10 which aims to encourage an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] in Queensland students’.

* There are two divisions in the OzCLO competition : Junior and Senior. Both divisions attempt the same set of questions. The difference is that they are graded separately. If at least one student in a team is in Year 11 or 12 that team is a Senior team. Teams usually have four [4] members.

Categories, Rules, Prizes, Key Dates, FAQs, a Submission Portal and contact details are all available from the home page.

RoboCupJunior Australia

‘RoboCup Junior is a project-oriented educational initiative that sponsors local, regional and international robotic events for young students. It is designed to introduce RoboCup to primary and secondary school children. Created in a true cooperative spirit, RoboCup Junior encompasses not only vital STEM skills, but extends right across a school curriculum’.

* Check regarding minimum ages at international level.

Dates and other essential details for separate states/territories, national and International competitions will be found via their links on the Event Regions page [and also the home page]. Also check the Getting Started page for additional information. Some 2022 information has already been added [see home page].

Science and Engineering Investigation Awards - University of Tasmania[Tas.]

‘The Awards allow school students to either investigate a topic of their choice following the scientific method of inquiry and experimentation or engineer physical solutions (prototypes) to address specific problems or needs. Students plan what they are going to do, carry out their experiments or create their prototypes, then share their findings with judges from research, industry and education’. Three regions : North-West Tasmania, Northern Tasmania and Southern Tasmania.

Key Dates, Student information, Teacher and home educator information, Awards and more are available via the menu on the left of the home page. 2022 dates will be available in February.

So You Think You Can Design - Textiles

‘SYTYCD is a growing student design event that demonstrates the strength of design teaching in Australian secondary schools. There are 2 competitions each year - one for Wood/Metal/Plastics students, which is now a national event and one for Textiles students. The SYTYCD competition will take place in two stages’.

* ‘Stage 1 is open to all students, although it is most appropriate for Years 10-11’..

Each event has had an Information Sheet [this example from 2020] which has the essential data including contact details to find anything else you need to know.

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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’. Further information is found on the About the Challenge page.

‘The challenge runs twice yearly, previously beginning March and October with 8 weekly tasks each time’. Click on this link to sign up for email notifications about the Student Blogging Challenge.

Techgirls Competition

Previously listed as the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero. ‘The program is changing the way girls perceive and engage in STEM. The program combines problem-solving through a social, business and technical lens, producing high-quality business plans, pitch videos and working app prototypes from girls’.

* Younger students with the maturity necessary to complete the program [to an age of about 7 years] may also be encouraged to participate.

Key Dates, Mentor Information, Registration, Judging, FAQs, as well as other information is available through links in the menu on the left of the home page.

Technovation

The Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program for Girls. ‘Any girl or young woman interested in Technovation is eligible to compete. 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’.

* All students must be between the ages of 8 to 18 as of August 1. All students must identify as female. No males can enter the competition. ‘We are proud to announce a new Beginner Division, open to girls as young as 8 years of age and to announce a new technology option - teams will now be able to create AI projects or mobile apps’.

The Get Started page has all the information needed to participate from Key Dates to Roles within the competition. Other pages on the site also contain interesting/useful information.

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The Game Changer Awards[WA]

‘The Game Changer Awards is an opportunity for children to showcase their innovative solutions to world challenges using project based learning, STEM skills, organisation, teamwork and presentation skills. Teachers, students and parents will have the opportunity to engage, share ideas and start new friendships with people from other schools, companies that sponsor the program and VIP guests from local government and Universities’.

* ‘Teams will be divided into four categories based on year group as shown below. Please note, a team of Years 5 & 6 students is considered eligible but a team of Years 8 & 9 students is not’.

All relevant details to take part in the Awards can be found through the menu items on the left of the above page - especialy About, Information, Categories and Entries. Monitor for the 2022 details to be provided.

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The TEA Textile Art Piece [TAP] Challenge

‘The theme for 2022 is Light - ‘the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible’. The Challenge is based on the Textile Art Piece only and the Guidelines provided indicate what parameters there are in regard to its completion’.

* ‘Each school may enter a maximum of two [2] entries for each of Stage 4 and Stage 5’.

An Online Entry Form, Guidelines and Criteria and ID Tag ar available via links from the above page. Entry closure date is also available fromthe page above. Monitor for further additions of details for the 2022 requirements to be added.

TI Codes Contest

‘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. Check the Rules Page for more details.

* ‘Open to students aged 13-16 in Years 7-10’.

A new contest date will be announced at the start of the 2022 school year. The Rules page [see above] includes Key Dates and other requirements.

VEX Robotics Competition [Tipping Point]

‘VEX Robotics Competition Tipping Point is not just a game that we invented because it is fun to play – it is a vehicle for teaching [and testing] teamwork, perseverance in the face of hardship and provides a methodology to approach and solve new challenges with confidences. There are local, regional, national and world competitions’.

The latest Game Manual provides a wealth of information, while Appendix B gives further detail. You may also find information via the Competition menu link on the home page above. Remember - the game runs across two [2] years [e.g. 2021-2022].

Web.Comp

‘Web.Comp is a web design competition for school students. We’ll teach you how to build a website as we go along, rather than expecting you to be an expert already. 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’.

* There are three [3] Web.comps - Beginners, Intermediate and Tournament, each designed for different levels based on what learning is suggested.

You can register a new account from the above page, while the Competition FAQs page provides a lot of answers. Most information be found via the links in the More menu at the top of the home page above. Dates are found in the What is Web.Comp ? section of the home page.

Wool4School Student Design Competition

‘Wool4School is an annual student design competition encouraging budding fashion designers to show their nation what they’re made of. The competition is open to most secondary school students in Australia, United Kingdom and Italy. Wool should be the hero fibre, making up at least 70% of the outfit. Your outfit should consist of 1 to 4 pieces. The 2022 Design Brief is Design for your Hero’.

* There are four [4] categories - Junior Designer Category : Years 7 & 8; Mid Designer Category : Years 9 & 10; Senior Designer Category : Year 11; and Aspiring Designer Category : Year 12.

All essential information can be found on the Competition Terms and Conditions page [Key Dates, Eligibility information, Entry Requirements, Judging, Prizes and more]. Registration is available through the About the Competition page.

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’. WorldSkills Australia operates in 34 regions across Australia. Check the above page for details or if interested contact your closest Regional Coordinators for more information.

* ‘There are no age criteria to enter the Regionals, however, to be eligible to proceed to the 2022 National Championships, the National Age Ruling will apply’.

2022 will see the National Competition while Regional and International Competitions will be held in the following year. You can sign up SkillNews for monthly news updates.

Young ICT Explorers

‘Think of YICTE like a science fair, but for technology and innovation instead. Our goal is to inspire school students of all technical ability levels to use their creativity and innovation to gain a greater understanding of the diverse possibilities available to them through today’s technology, encouraging students to consider future study and a career in tech, while solving real world problems with their choice of technology, with YICTE being the showcase event for students to attend each year’.

* ‘Teams enter their project in the following school year grade categories 3- 4, 5-6 , 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12’.

Key Dates are found on this page along with a Registration Portal, while Competition Rules are listed here along with Submission Guidelines, Judging Criteria and the Report Structure. Further information can be found on the Participants page.

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Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

‘All photographs must be of natural fauna, flora or natural land/sky formations and must have been taken in the ANZANG bioregion. ANZANG bioregion means Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region. Entries in all sections are invited from photographers who use either digital or film cameras. Judges will consider the photographic technique plus the aesthetic, artistic and unique quality of all images when making their selections. There are nine categories in the Competition. Up to four images may be entered in each category’.

* ‘For Entries in the Junior section, the Entrant must be under 18 years of age as at the close of Entries for the Competition; Entrant must declare on the Competition’s online entry form that they have their parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the Competition’.

‘Please read these details carefully as some elements of the competition have changed’. All essential details can be found on the above page. This includes dates, categories, Entry, costs, Judges, Rules and more.

Film [Media]

ATOM Awards

‘The ATOM Awards feature nearly forty categories covering everything from feature-length films and television programs to animation, short fiction, educational resources, web series and ebooks. They are the second-longest-running film and media awards in Australia’.

* ‘For Entries in School Students there are five [5] categories [1 Primary, 4 Secondary], while there are 23 categories in the General/Open section’.

Entries will open in early 2022. The home page has links to entering, judging, awards, screenings and more. There is also Contact detail for you to seek further information if required.

Boston International Kids Film Festival

‘The Boston International Kids Film Festival highlights the talent of independent filmmakers everywhere while inspiring young people to share their own stories with the world’ Multiple sections and themes. Also check this page for additional details, USA Based.

* Covers ‘Student Film and Student Documentaries’. Other options available cater to film makers of all ages.

Check the Rules here and other details on the About and How It Works pages.

CinéfestOZ Short Film Competition[WA]

‘The competition aims to showcase the talents of this next generation of filmmakers. Submissions are shortlisted to screen at a glamorous, youth-focused, Grand Finale event during CinefestOZ Festival week. Finalists receive feedback from a panel of high-profile, Australian film industry professionals before the winner and runner-up teams are announced’.

* ‘Now open to two age categories, all secondary students in the South West, Great Southern and Geraldton [Western Australia] are invited to enter’..

The competition theme for 2022 is SPACE. Information about submitting entries, Competition Entry Packs [Years 7-9 and Years 10-12] and more are available from the home page and links from it.

FlickerUp

‘National competition for primary and secondary school students or film-makers under 18 years old’. Part of Flickerfest, Australia’s premier international short film festival, will be held at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach

* ‘Students enrolled in primary or secondary schools in Australia, or individuals under 18. [This competition is divided into 2 sections : one for primary age and one for secondary age youth/students]’.

FLiCKERFEST 31st International Short Film Festival will be held Friday 21 – Sunday 30 January 2022 at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.

MyState Student Film Festival

‘Filmmakers must be currently enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution at the time of film submission. Teacher, parent and other filmmaker assistance is permitted but must be limited to non-creative roles [e.g. planning assistance, technical advice, funding, etc]. There are four [4] entry categories by age group. Entry to the MyState Student Film Festival is free. You can enter an original short film in whatever genre you like — drama, comedy, action, documentary, animation or even a music video’.

* ‘There are four entry categories by age group; films must be entered into the category that reflects the age/year group/tertiary level of the film makers. The age categories are broken down as follows : Junior [Kindergarten to Year 4], Intermediate [Year 5 – Year 8], High School [Year 9 and Year 10] and Post Year 10 – University [Year 11 & 12, TAFE, University]’.

The homepage provides details covering Festival Dates, Feature Item, Eligibility, Copyright, Entry Categories [see above], Film Length, Cost [FREE], Film Genre and Awards and Prizes.

SmartFone Flick Fest - SF3 Kids

‘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.

* ‘You must be 16 or younger at the time of filming, your film must be shot entirely on a smartphone or tablet and be 20 minutes or less, the rest again, is up to you !’

Submission deadline has now passed. ‘Saturday 26 February 2022 – the SF3 Gala Finals Presented by AFTRS at the Palace Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Sydney, Australia. Sunday 27 February 2022 – SF3 Kids, SF3 Mini & Feature Film Screenings Plus Masterclasses and Panel Discussions at the Actors Centre Australia, Leichardt, Sydney, Australia. Our Online Festival will begin on Saturday 26 February coinciding with our Gala and will be live for 14 days’.

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.

* ‘If you are currently enrolled in Year 7 - 12 at any Australian or international Secondary School you are qualified to enter. This competition does not accept entries from University students’

The Event page provides venue and FAQs while the Entries page covers How to Enter, link to the Entry Form, Categories and a Timeline for the year.

The 1-Minute Film Competition

‘The 1-Minute Film Competition is an initiative of Australian Teachers of Media [ATOM]. It provides Australian and New Zealand primary and secondary school students with the opportunity to make a 60-second short film or animation and win fantastic prizes in the process’. There is a nominated theme each year.

* ‘Four Categories : Lower Primary [Years F–3], Upper Primary [Years 4–6], Lower Secondary [Years 7–9] and Upper Secondary [Years 10–12]. An entry created by more than one person, should be entered into the appropriate category for the oldest member of the group’.

Check the Terms & Conditions and Rules & Guidelines pages for essential details.

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’.

Monitor over the second half of the year for entries to open for the next Tropfest.

HIDDEN Rookwood Students[NSW]

‘Rookwood General Cemetery invites students from secondary and tertiary institutions or youth/community groups, either as individuals or as a group, to propose works for HIDDEN Rookwood Students 2022. The artworks will be selected and showcased alongside sculptures and installations within the HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures exhibition. We are looking for sculptural works that respond to the cemetery and engage with HIDDEN‘s themes of history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, mourning, spirituality, cycles of life and the passage of time. Frequently Asked Questions’ are answered here.

Click here to express interest in the HIDDEN Rookwood Students 2022.

QIEU Excellence in Art Design Awards[NT/Qld]

‘The Art Design Awards are open to everyone in independent schools throughout Queensland. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site. The theme for 2021 is [to be confirmed].

* ‘Invites entries from preschool, primary and secondary school students, teachers and school support staff in non-government schools throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory - 9 different categories’.

The relevant section of the home page provides Award Categories, Entry details [including dates] Presentation Evening [including date] and downloads including two formats for the Entry Form.

Schools Photographic Competition[ACT]

‘An annual photographic competition for school and college students. This is a great way to encourage young people to express their appreciation of Australian native plants through artistic creativity. In doing so, young photographers have an opportunity to explore and enjoy these wonderful Botanic Gardens – the world’s most comprehensive collection of Australian cultivated plants’. Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

* ‘Open to students of high schools and colleges in Canberra and Queanbeyan’.

Competition was cancelled for 2021. ‘We remain determined to hold the competition as soon as it is safe and practical to do so’ Monitor for further information.

The ATOM Photo Comp [2022]

‘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 [adults]’.

The Before Entering page provides access to the Theme for the year, Rules and Guidelines and Terms & Conditions [includes dates].

Art

2021 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’.

* ‘Any child attending an Australian primary school or who is homeschooled can enter this competition. Students can enter individually or as part of a combined school effort’.

Competition theme, dates and Terms & Conditions can be found on the home page or via links from the menu on the left of the home page .

Angelico Exhibition[WA]

‘The Angelico Exhibition for Catholic Students is a prestigious annual event on the Catholic school art calendar. The Angelico Exhibition is named after Blessed Fra Angelico, Patron before God of Artists’.

* There are separate events for both ‘Primary and secondary students in Catholic Schools in Western Australia’.

Online Entries can be made from the above page. There are separate Angelico Exhibition Information Packs for both Primary and Secondary entrants.

Immunisation Coalition 2022 Art Prize

‘The Immunisation Coalition Art Prize aims to highlight and promote you as a contemporary artist and support our mission to bring factual awareness of issues around influenza, vaccination and the burden of infectious disease’. Downloadable documents and information for the Art prize from the bottom section of the page.

* ‘Students must be enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the home school equivalent. Tertiary entries are a completely separate category’.

Beginning of submissions : 1 December 2021. Submission deadline : 31 March 2022. Notification of winning artworks : 26 April 2022. Online exhibition of winning artworks : from 26 April 2022 onwards [Immunisation Action Week]. If you would like to receive information and updates for the 2022 Art Prize including reminders as deadlines draw near, subscribe to our mailing list here..

International Student Art Contest – Science without Borders® Challenge

‘This international art competition is open to all students 11-19 years old. The theme for the 2022 Challenge is Ridge to Reef. Learn more here’.

* ‘Students must be enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the home school equivalent. There are two [2] categories : Students 11 - 14 years old and Students 15 - 19 years old’.

All entries must be received by March 7, 2022, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time [ET]. Submissions must be made online. Email submissions are not permitted. Other details available from the home page above.

JLTAV Events Poster Competition 2021[Vic.]

‘Students are encouraged to be creative and to design a cover which reflects the Japanese language or Japanese culture’. Up to five entries per school. Please note that students are not able to use images that are already copyright [e.g. Hello Kitty etc.]. No words are required on the poster

* ‘Students studying Japanese in all JLTAV member primary and secondary schools are invited to design a poster to be used on the front cover of the JLTAV Annual Conference book for conference delegates and the front cover of the Year 12 Morning book’.

Essential information including eligibility, entry cost [FREE], Entry Closing Date, Judging criteria and more are found on the page above.

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NAIDOC Week Colouring Competition

‘Every year, NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The year’s theme invites us to embrace First Nations‘ ’. cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of our national heritage’.

* ‘The competition will be judged in two categories : Foundation to Year 3, and Year 4 to Year 6’.

Information concerning Entry, Dates, Competition Details and Terms & Conditions can be found on the home page. Monitor for the update to 2022 information.

OzKids Art Competition

‘OzKids provides a platform for you to enter your work and have it assessed by a panel of experts. All approved entries are published here on the website. Some are selected for publication in our OzKids Magazine and, at the end of the year, the Winners are announced’.

* ‘Grade Categories : Junior - Prep to Grade 4; Middle - Grade 5 to Year 8, Senior - Year 9 to Year 12’.

Scroll down to Register [Box 1], Prepare [Box 2] then Login and Upload it [Box 3] ‘2022 Closing Date is Midnight - 30 September, 2022’.

Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists[WA]

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

* ‘Categories include : Lower Primary - Years 1 and 2; Middle Primary - Years 3 and 4; Upper Primary - Years 5 and 6; Lower Secondary - Years 7, 8 and 9; and Upper Secondary - Years 10, 11 and 12’ Only for schools in Western Australia.

Details for the 2022 Shaun Tan Awards will be made available in Term One of 2022.

The Lester Prize Youth Award

‘The Lester Prize Youth Award encourages the creative talents of young and aspiring artists. The Prize allows entrants to showcase their works and present their unique artistic perspectives; helps build their confidence to further their art practice; and allows them to share their stories with the wider community’.

* ‘It is open to all High School students across Australia. Categories include : Students - Years 11-12, Years 9-10, Years 7-8; and for Schools : Years 10-12, Years 7-9’ .

Use the Artists/Enter link in the top menu, find information about Prizes, then scroll down to the Youth Award section for details about Categories, Call for entries [includes dates], Entry fee and information about judging. Previous winning portraits can be viewed on this page.

Young Archie Competition

Art Gallery NSW. ‘The Young Archie competition invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait. As well as online, all finalists are displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW held in conjunction with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition’. Check the section both for competition dates and also Eligibility dates for each category.

* ‘There are four age categories : 5-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, 13-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds’.

The Entry page has details covering how entry works, the entry form, FAQs, Enquiries, accessing newsletters, age categories, About your portrait subject, information for schools, Key Dates [including eligibility dates for entrants], Instructions and Conditions and much more. 2022 information is provided.

Music

ACMF National Songwriting Competition

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

* ‘All entrants must be school students aged 17 or younger, [as of the original closing date of the competition] and be between Kinder to Year 12 in school year. Homeschooled children are eligible to enter. You can enter either as a school, or independently.

‘The 2022 competition will be opening mid 2022’. The Terms & Conditions page provides all essential details. There are also several sections on the home page for specific information [e.g. 2022 Competition, About the Competition, … ].

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. The competition is looking for compositions that have something to say and draw attention’.

* ‘Selected participants will work with mentor composers to develop ideas’.

‘Submissions for the Fanfare Competition open in February 2022. Find out all you need to prepare, here [scroll down to the Submission Details section].

Australian Singing Competition

‘Australia’s richest and most prestigious competition for young opera and classical singers’. Suited to senior secondary and tertiary students. Find all details and dates on the News and Key Dates page.

* ‘A citizen or resident of Australia or New Zealand; or any holder of a valid Visa to Australia; an amateur or professional classical singer. It is recommended that the entrant be over 19 years of age’.

An extensive list of details for all aspects of the competition is found on the How to Enter page, including the 2022 Key Dates.

Get Songwriting

University of Southern Queensland. ‘Entry into the Competition is free and open to an “Eligible Entrant” [see below]’.

* ‘An “Eligible Entrant” is an Australian Secondary School Student currently in Years 9-12 who is the sole author of the Song [written lyrics] submitted and confirm that if you are under 18 you have your parent’s/guardian’s permission to enter’.

View the How-to Apply Video as well as check out the How to Enter information on the home page, get dates from the more detailed Terms & Conditions document [still to be updated to 2022.

Music : Count Us In

National Songwriting Competition. ‘Music : Count Us In [MCUI] is Australia’s largest school initiative. It is the education program of Music Australia, working with partners around the country to support music in schools. The program culminates in the National Celebration Day when more than half a million students sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time – the annual Program Song’.

* ‘For all schools – primary and secondary, state and independent, metropolitan, regional and remote. NB Your school must be registered’.

The Register page steps you through that process, while links in the menu on the right provide access to further essential information. A summary all required information can be found in the Brochure. Entries are now presumed open and have normally been accepted till mid to late February.

Strike A Chord [Musica Viva Australia]

‘Strike A Chord is a national chamber music championship for secondary school ensembles. The competition was created to encourage the next generation of Australian musicians to experience the life-changing possibilities of chamber music, giving students the opportunity to explore their potential and discover the joy of making music with friends’.

* ‘All performers must be enrolled in a full-time Australian school program [or home-school equivalent] as at the nominated date. Groups with a minimum of three and maximum of eight performers can enter. Students do not need to be from the same school. One online entry form per group must be submitted by someone over the age of 18 on behalf of the group’.

Scroll down the home page for sections on Prizes, Rules & Regs, FAQs, Jury information and Past Winners. 2022 information for this competition does not appear as yet.

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