Science Competitions

Science Competitions Australia



You get it. You’ve grasped an important scientific theory, concept or principle. Now can you share your insight? An inventive video can get across complex material that would take pages of text to communicate.

To take part in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, create a short video (3 minutes max) to explain a big idea in one of these fields:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Life Sciences

Your film can take any form you like: animation, talking head, documentary, dramatic reconstruction, whatever. It’s worth keeping in mind that video is a dynamic visual medium – using diagrams, simulations, physical demonstrations etc. is a lot more effective than standing in front of a blackboard talking.


ANSTO Big Ideas Forum

"The ANSTO Big Ideas Forum brings 22 students and 11 teachers from across Australia to Sydney to meet world-class researchers and go hands-on with amazing technology. We are looking for people who are creative and passionate – you don’t have to be top of your class. Young people using STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) are the ones who will take our society into the future, so tell us your big idea for a chance to spend an exciting week with our researchers. This event is free – flights, travel, accommodation and meals are covered by ANSTO"


Be a Science TV Reporter competition

Create a 90-second video about something you find fascinating about the universe.

Research one aspect of the cosmos that excites you and create a video with you as the host, then upload it below.

The best entries will be featured on Stargazing Live with Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro on ABC TV.

Take us on a journey to another planet, explore Jupiter’s moons, investigate black holes or unravel the Big Bang – there are galaxies of ideas to choose from!  

We're looking for great examples of science, research, communication and media literacy. You can work individually or in a group.



Welcome to NSW's largest curriculum-based STEM competition. We have over 150 prizes for Maths, Science and Technology projects totaling over $75,000. For 2018, we have a new Year 11 & 12 age category with over $2,000 in prizes for Depth Studies.



Write an 800 word essay on any of the following:

1. A news story on an exciting piece of research that aims to solve issues relating to climate change, clean water, pollution, clean energy, food security and biodiversity. 

2. Your own ideas for sustainable initiatives that will make an impact in your community, in Australia or around the world. 

3. An essay on why these issues are important for society; their impact and the need to address the challenges in food, water, climate, pollution and biodiversity. 

What's the prize?

Win a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review! Have your essay published in CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine, on Cosmos Magazine‘s online blog, on and



The University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is awarded for a short film that communicates a scientific concept in an accessible and engaging way.

Entries are to take the form of a 1-3 minute film and must tell a real scientific story, which may be a scientific concept, discovery, invention, or the producer's own scientific hypothesis! Anything goes, but keep the science in the story, and keep the science real.

This competition is about scientific content and communication of that content, not production values i.e. judging criteria are not related to how much money is spent on production and editing. While good quality production is encouraged, this will not be a major consideration in judging entries.

What's the prize?

First prize: $4,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney

Second Prize: $2,000

Third Prize: $1,000

Prize money is divided equally between the winning students and their school, with the school to receive 50% of the prize money. Book vouchers are shared equally by members of the winning team.


The big science competition

The Big Science Competition is an easy way to challenge students from years 7 to 10 and track their performance against state or national averages (find out how you can use the results).

It’s a 50 minute, 30 multiple choice competition testing critical thinking and problem solving skills, not just factual recall, so you can find out what’s really going on inside their heads. Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable (and interesting). Take a look at some sample questions.