The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards reward students for creative research projects and engineering innovations, and teachers for their contribution to science education.

Student awards

The BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Student Awards reward young people who have used technological innovation to design a new invention or who have undertaken practical research projects that demonstrate innovative approaches and thorough scientific procedures.

To be eligible for selection as a finalist you must first submit a project or an invention with written support into the experiment, research or investigation category of your local Science Teachers Association (STA) awards .

Entries of the highest standard will be chosen by each State and Territory STA and forwarded for selection of twenty-six finalists.

Prizes

The top twenty-six finalists will be invited to an all-expenses paid, four-day educational science camp and the prestigious BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne in February each year. Part of this camp includes the final judging round for the major awards.

The top three projects from the Investigations category and top three projects from the Engineering category receive the following:

  • First: A$4000
  • Second A$3000
  • Third: A$1500

One finalist will be awarded the Innovator to Market award. The Innovator to Market winner will receive an all-expenses paid experience including attendance at one of CSIRO’s ON programs and visit to CSIRO labs or centres.

The top twenty finalists will receive A$250.

Up to 100 semi-finalists will receive A$250.

International Competition

 The finalists for the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards will have the chance to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF ) in the United State of America in May.

Primary Awards

Up to eight winning primary entries will win A$250.

Up to 90 primary students will receive encourage award packs.

Teacher awards

The BHP Foundation Science Teacher Awards recognise outstanding contributions made by classroom teachers to science education especially in the area of open ended investigations.

Each State/Territory Science Teachers Association (STA) will be invited to nominate one teacher who will be chosen for their excellence in teaching, their support of open-ended student investigations and their suitability to represent their State or Territory.

Teacher finalists will be invited to attend the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards Teacher Best Practice Seminar and the prestigious BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne in February each year. The winning teacher will also be invited to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the United States of America in May.

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