DST Secondary School Prize

Proudly sponsored by Defence Science and Technology

A Defence Science and Technology (DST) School Prize of $500 will be awarded to the school with the highest aggregate score in each of the following school categories; Junior Secondary (7-10) and Senior Secondary (11 & 12). The second school in each category will receive a DST School Prize of $250.

Selection criteria: For each prize-winner in every category and year level the following points will be accumulated.

Place Points
1st prize 4 points
2nd prize 3 points
3rd prize 2 points
Highly Commended   1 point

The DST, offers a rewarding career with the chance to work with many of Australia’s leading scientists and engineers, access to some of the most advanced technology and facilities currently available, links with other national and international organisations, excellent career development opportunities, and travel.

In undertaking its research, the impact of DST, particularly on electronics industry in South Australia, has been huge. As the largest scientific facility in Australia, DST Edinburgh is a major employer and innovator of electronics in Australia.

DST Edinburgh, north of Adelaide, can offer careers in computer science, information technology, electrical or electronic engineering, mathematics, behavioural or cognitive science and psychology.

DST is part of the Department of Defence. Its role is to ensure the expert, impartial and innovative application of science and technology to the defence of Australia and its national interests.


South Australian Young Scientist Awards

Proudly Sponsored by the Department for Education

The Department for Education has been a sponsor of the Oliphant Science Awards since their inception in 1981, and is delighted to continue this arrangement as a Platinum Sponsor in 2020.

The Oliphant Science Awards exemplify the inquiry based approach to the teaching and learning of Science that is so important in engaging our students, and in supporting the development of their scientific understanding and processes that leads to improved scientific literacy.

For many young people their experience of science at school sets a pattern that lasts throughout life. The Department for Education is strongly committed to each and every student having the opportunity to experience the joy of scientific discovery, and to apply their natural curiosity to their world. All students are supported in developing the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national, global issues, and to participate, if they so wish, in science related careers.

The Department for Education has a major role in the South Australian Government Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Skills strategy. Through our own Department for Education STEM Strategy we are ensuring all educators connect with the latest in teaching practices and the wide range of programs available to support their work.

Place Prize
1st prize boy / 1st prize girl $500 cash
2nd prize boy / 2nd prize girl $250 cash
3rd prize boy / 3rd prize girl $150 cash

All Department for Education schools from Reception to year 10 are now planning, teaching, assessing and reporting in Science and Mathematics using Australian Curriculum.

The Department for Education acknowledges the role that SASTA, through its many volunteers, plays in engaging so many students in Science inquiry and in the promotion of scientific literacy, and is proud to sponsor and support this important project.


Rowe Scientific Emerging Talent Award

Proudly Sponsored by Rowe Scientific

Awarded to the best Primary and Secondary student entries from a country or disadvantaged school.

Rowe Scientific also supports the category prizes for Years R–12.
Rowe Scientific in keen to promote greater interest by students in all aspects of science, with a view to that interest influencing students’ future career choices.


Other Sponsor Prizes

Please note that these prizes are subject to change

Australian Society of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Prize (R-12) For the most outstanding entry with a biochemistry or molecular biology theme.
Australian Institute of Energy Prizes (R-12) For the best entry at each year level with a sustainable generation and uses of energy theme.
Australian Institute of Physics Prize (R-12) For the best student project with a physics theme.
Catholic Education SA Primary Schools Prize For the best two primary schools with high achievement and participation across a wide range of categories.
CSIRO Crest School Prizes
(R-6 & 7-12)
For the best CREST and non-CREST School for consistently high participation and achievement in the Scientific Inquiry and Models & Inventions categories.
Flinders University - Environment Prize (7-12) For the most inspiring entry covering an environmental issue in South Australia.
Flinders University Science Prize
For the most outstanding research-based entry in science.

Flinders STEM Academy - Flinders University Regional Student Prize (R-12)

For the most outstanding entry from a student in a regional area.
Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Prize (R-12) For the most outstanding entry with a chemistry theme.
SA Country Fire Service & Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Prizes (R-6 & 7-12) For the most inspiring or innovative entry with a natural hazards and community safety theme.
Tall Poppy Award for Scientific Inquiry (7-12) For a scientific inquiry project where clear and engaging communication features.
University of Adelaide - Faculty of Sciences Prize   (7-12) For the most outstanding entry highlighting the benefits of scientific research to the community
University of Adelaide - Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences  (7-12) For the most outstanding entry with an engineering, mathematical or computing theme.
University of South Australia – Sustainable Future Prizes (R-6 & 7-12) For the most inspiring entry highlighting the value of Information Technology, Engineering and Environmental Science to a Sustainable Future.