Coordinator Information

Navigating the Oliphant Science Awards in your School Webinar

SASTA will be running a webinar information session on Monday 1 April 2019 at 4:30pm for all those wishing to become School Coordinators for The Oliphant Science Awards.

This session will give you a chance to hear about the event process, what you need to do to register student projects, tips on what criteria the projects need to meet and the key dates to remember!

Click here to register for the session!


Moving Towards Open Inquiry with the CREST Awards Program

CSIRO Education and Outreach in collaboration with SASTA are pleased to offer in-service teachers in Adelaide, Mt Gambier and Whyalla, the opportunity to engage in a professional learning workshop: Moving Towards Open Inquiry with the CREST Awards Program.

This workshop is for teachers who would like to build confidence for facilitating open inquiry in their STEM classrooms. Teachers will explore the 5Es framework for planning inquiry units, strategies for finding and refining inquiry questions, a scaffold for constructing explanations, and a framework for reflecting on their own experiences and practices, which may be tailored for student use.


For more information and to register please click on the locations above.

Please note: CSIRO are taking bookings for these workshops, please contact with any questions.


Coordinator Information Downloads 

Please find below information and helpful downloads for all our Oliphant Science Awards Coordinators to share with their staff and participants!


Key Dates 2019


  • Look at Information at the website, distribute Student Information, Category Information and Rules to students.


  • Registration Forms - Negotiate a date with your students to return their Student Registration Form (before Thursday 6 June)
  • Thursday 6 June - Registrations to be completed & entered online; we recommend that you keep a copy of the forms for your records (SASTA does not require any copies unless specifically requested).
  • Thursday 7 June - Judges Registrations to be submitted to SASTA.
  • Monday 24 June - Friday 12 July - Games entries are due at the SASTA office, 249 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville. Science Writing, Scientific Inquiry and Multimedia MUST be submitted online. Please ensure Identification Labels are submitted with each entry. Details for online submission requirements can be found here. 
  • End of June - Judges notified of allocations for Science Writing, Scientific Inquiry, Games and Multimedia Categories. 


  • From Monday 22 July -  Science Writing, Scientific Inquiry, Games and Multimedia entries are sent out to judges. These must be judged and returned to SASTA by Friday 16 August
  • Saturday 10 August - Computer Programming & Robotics entries are judged at a location yet to be determined between 9am - 1pm. Students will need to book an appointment time online in late July/early August.
  • Friday 23 August, 9.00am - 5.00pm - Crystal Investigation, Models & Inventions, Photography and Posters are due at Festival Functions - 292 Findon Road, Findon. Ensure Identification Labels are firmly and clearly attached to each entry.
  • Saturday 24 August, 9.00am - 1.00pm - Judging of Crystal Investigation, Models & Inventions, Photography and Posters at Festival Functions - 292 Findon Road, Findon
  • Sunday 25 August, 12noon - 4.00pm - Open Day Exhibition at Festival Functions - 292 Findon Road, Findon. Gold Coin Donation admission, everyone is welcome
  • Monday 26 August, 9.00am - 5.00pm - Coordinators to arrange collection of ALL PROJECTS from Festival Functions - 292 Findon Road, Findon. Please see Conditions of Entry for detailed information regarding our procedures with any uncollected entries.
  • Friday 20 September - Presentation Ceremony (Invitation Only). The Presentation Ceremony will be held Years R - 7, 6.30pm - 7.45pm and Years 8 - 12, 8.15pm - 9.30pm (Brighton Secondary School)
  • Participation and Highly Commended Certificates will be sent to Schools. Professional Development Certificates will be sent to judges.


  • October 2019 - Early 2020 - BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Registrations and Awards for all place winners of the Models & Invention (Engineering) and Scientific Inquiry (Investigations)
  • December 2019 - Topic titles for 2020 available on the Oliphant Science Awards website (