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2022 PRC STEM Competition Open Now!

Posted by SASTA

on 25/05/2022

SASTA and the Oliphant Science Awards are proud to be partnering with Inspiring SA and the Premiers Reading Challenge (PRC) to support this year’s STEM Reading and Design Challenge.

This competition challenges you to read about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the lead up to National Science Week.

This year there are two additional themes – NATURE & SPACE.

Using the text as inspiration, students either Create, Invent, Design or Innovate according to their age category.

The competition opened on Monday 2 May 2022, and entries close on Friday 8 July 2022.

For more information about the competition and what you need to do to participate, download the flyer here.

A list of all the books for each age group in the included categories can be downloaded here. Just click on the tab for each age group to see the included books.

Links to OSA

There are many opportunities for students to combine their OSA project work with the STEM Reading and Design Challenge. 

Students can select books from the booklist that will support them with their OSA project.

Teachers can use these booklists as a resource to engage students in Science and STEM learning.

Examples:

  • An R-2 student may be working on a Poster for OSA around the theme of Sustainable Food Production. They could source inspiration for their OSA Poster from one of the books listed in our STEM booklist (e.g., I Spy Food: with Penny Pear and Friends by Sue Hill and Fiona Bowden).  They could then also complete the STEM Reading and Design Challenge task for entry to that competition.
  • A Year 3-5 student can use a STEM booklist book (e.g., How to be the Best by Charlotte Barkla) to inspire their OSA invention or model and then submit a copy of their invention plan/description to the STEM Reading and Design Challenge.

Age Categories

Premiers Reading Challenge Task

Possible OSA category link

R-2

Create

Draw a picture in response to the PRC book you have read.

Posters

3-5

Invent

Plan an invention (description, drawing) inspired by your PRC reading.

Models and Inventions

6-9

Design

Design a STEM poster, related to your PRC reading, to inspire interest in science-related fields.

Posters

Mature

Innovate

Create an infographic to illustrate how you
would solve a problem you have read about
using STEM.

Science Writing

 

Judging the Games Category

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 11/05/2022

What is it like to be a judge in the Oliphant Science Awards? We met some previous judges and asked them why they think the Oliphants are important, why they judge and whether they had any hints or tips for entrants. Games Category Anita Trenwith (Uni SA Connect Team: SASTA...

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Eugene Lee - Oliphant Science Trophy Winner 2021

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 04/05/2022

by Eugene Lee, Pedare Christian College I'm so honoured and privileged to have received the Oliphant Trophy. I’ve participated in the Oliphant Science Awards every year since I was a Year three student in 2017, where I won the Australian Institute of Physics Prize and First Place for my Models...

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Crystal Investigation

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 27/04/2022

by Ian McMahon The substance, alum, is almost the principal factor for achieving some degree of success in growing good crystals. The percentage purity of the alum needs to be high so that contaminant particles do not disrupt the proper crystal formation. The source of alum therefore must be considered...

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Country Schools: Participating in the Oliphant Science Awards

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 13/04/2022

The Oliphant Science Awards (OSA) are open for all South Australian schools to enter – whether that be entering individual students or entire student cohorts. We asked the Oliphant Coordinators from 3 different regional schools about their involvement with the competition. Here are their responses along with images of some...

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Tall Poppy Award for Scientific Inquiry - Prize Winner's Experience

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 06/04/2022

by Sienna Hill My name is Sienna Hill, and I am a Year 10 student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College. Through the Tall Poppy Award that I was awarded last year, I was gifted with a Science mentor – Professor Justin Chalker.  Professor Chalker serves as the...

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The Science of Weather and Bushfires

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 22/07/2021

by Chris Sedunary and Belinda Dunbar, CFS The science of weather is called meteorology. At the Country Fire Service, during bushfire season we have a staff member from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) with us throughout the season. Meteorologists study the weather and try to forecast it. Forecasting the weather...

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Multimedia: the animation process

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 09/07/2021

by Asira Suetrong Are you thinking about using animation for your multimedia project? Asira provides insight into her process for animating her multimedia projects in the video below! If you're not sure where to start with your Multimedia project, check out Asira's first video which includes researching your idea and...

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Priyanka’s five tips for a successful Science Inquiry!

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 08/07/2021

by Priyanka Thavarajah  The first step to a successful Science Inquiry is the experiment itself. I have found that, especially in the higher years, doing an experiment around a current topic gives it purpose. Be creative with the set up to try and make the conditions as real as possible....

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A short guide to Science Writing

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 01/07/2021

by Anita Suetrong Not sure where to start on your Science Writing entry? Check out Anita's tips for creating your entry in the video below! While you have to choose one of the 2021 Science Writing titles for your project, you have the freedom to write in any genre you...

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1993/1994 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy Winner – Mark Hodson

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 29/06/2021

by Mark Hodson I was the first two-time winner of the Oliphant Science Awards, entering on both occasions in the computer category. The recognition and the opportunities that came with the award helped cement my love of systematic problem solving and computer programming, leading to an engineering career with international...

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Regan's inspiring journey through OSA

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 24/06/2021

video by Regan Nelson Regan was first encouraged to enter the Oliphant Science Awards by his Reception teacher in 2011. He has entered a project every year since with a number of winning entries over the years! Regan always hated writing and when he was in Year 2 he was...

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Bushfire Safety Tips for your Poster entry

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 11/06/2021

by Chris Sedunary and Belinda Dunbar, CFS Chris and Belinda from the CFS have put together some helpful hints for students making a 2021 poster entry about bushfire safety. You and your family's safety and survival during a bushfire can depend on how prepared you are, and the decisions you...

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A Short Guide on how to Create a Scientific Inquiry Project

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 04/06/2021

by Raihanah Pranggono, 2020 Oliphant Trophy Winner Based on my own experience, the following steps might help you in the development of your very own Scientific Inquiry! Choose a research domain that is appealing to you: To do this, you can derive some bright ideas from a pastime that you...

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2004 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy Winner - Alyssa Fitzpatrick

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 11/05/2021

by Alyssa Fitzpatrick The five test tubes sat in the corner of the lab benches, each containing different brightly coloured liquids. As the Year 10 students rushed into class, chattering amongst themselves after lunch, they were directed to each of the test tubes, and asked to smell them. Which was...

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A Primary Years Student Perspective on the Oliphant Science Awards

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 04/05/2021

by Chloe Lambden (10 years old) Entering the Oliphant Science Awards (OSA), from Year 1 (2017), I have now been doing it for 5 years running. I have entered the categories of Science Writing, Crystal Investigation, Photography and Posters over that time.  I like doing my projects and being lucky...

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Photography from a judge's perspective

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 15/04/2021

by Elizabeth Anderson, Mitcham Girls High School Over the years of involvement with the Photography section of the Oliphant Science Awards I have been lucky enough to have judged work from Years 2 through 12 and to have supported our own students produce some outstanding work.  It’s amazing the quality...

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1995 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy Winner - Kyra Reznikov

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 05/04/2021

by Kyra Reznikov BE(Chem)(1st class Hons) LLB(with Hons) I have always liked solving puzzles and been curious about the world around me. I think that’s why I enjoy science, and it’s certainly why I love my job so much. Today I’m an environmental lawyer, and I wouldn’t be where I...

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Multimedia: Researching your idea & script writing

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 01/04/2021

by Asira Suetrong Are you stuck on how to start your Multimedia Project? Asira provides some insights into her process for researching accurate information and tips & tricks for script writing in the video below.  Firstly, check the category details (this applies to all categories)! Some important things to keep...

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How to win in the Games category from a Judge's perspective

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 25/03/2021

by Dagmar Preusker The Oliphant Science Awards attract a very high standard of entries as well as a large number from right across South Australia, this means that unfortunately there isn’t the time to play every game and check them all for scientific content so a process of shortlisting occurs...

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Memories from the Oliphant Science Awards

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 12/03/2021

Short stories from years gone by...   Dr Matthew Sorell Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Adelaide I built a speech synthesiser in 1985 (possibly 1986) which won in whichever category it was in. Back then, speech synthesis was quite primitive and I was using a...

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Programming, Apps & Robotics from a Judge's perspective

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 11/03/2021

by Glen Hutson Do you know what makes the Programming, Apps & Robotics category different to all the rest? It’s the interview! Most years I meet with students as they demonstrate and explain their creations. The Oliphant rules ask that you come and show us how it works and often...

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How to get started with your Science Writing or Multimedia project

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 04/03/2021

by Asira & Anita Suetrong Are you thinking about entering the Oliphant Science Awards but you're not sure where to start? Asira & Anita have put together a video (below) that gives you an insight into their past winning entries and how they got started! Asira's past two Multimedia entries...

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1981 Oliphant Science Awards winner - David Tilley

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 02/03/2021

by Dr David Tilley BSc (Hons) PhD Winning the inaugural Oliphant Science Awards in 1981 was a defining moment in my life. It led to many opportunities that I could only dream of. I undertook my entry into the Oliphant Science Awards while in Year 12 at the Mount Gambier...

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Science Writing from a Judge's perspective

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 25/02/2021

by Glen Hutson Every year I sit for several weeks in August, reading the Science Writing entries for the Oliphant Science Awards. I’m judging. I’m assessing your submissions. But why? Why is Science Writing even a thing? Is it even a thing and what is it that we judges are...

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