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A Primary Years Student Perspective on the Oliphant Science Awards

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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 enough to win money. Using my prize money in 2020 I got a laptop to help me with future research, while in 2018 I got my ears pierced with crystal earrings matching my crystal topic.

On the OSA website you can find topics for each category. There are resources on the website as well. There is a lot of student information to find more out about rules and criteria. The judging rubric helps to show what you are expected to do. 

For the Crystal Investigation, I asked my mum to buy my materials and supplies. I needed potash alum, and this year I got a new set of scales to weigh the potash alum. I also needed materials such as nylon thread or string, beakers, pop sticks and a ruler. To write my fortnightly check a log book is needed. The log book came from the OSA website. 

Giving myself plenty of time, I start early in the year. I make a hypothesis from other questions raised through out previous investigations. I check my crystals regularly, recording changes. 

A proud moment was when one of my crystals went from winning the SA crystal award in first place, then was selected to enter the national competition.

At the OSA Open Day in late August, it's cool to see whether or not you are a prize winner. It's nice to see what other people have done for their projects too. 

It's fun to participate in the Oliphant Science Awards. I recommend doing it!

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Photography from a judge's perspective

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Jackson's journey through Programming, Apps & Robotics

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on 18/02/2021

by Jackson Burford Jackson is 9 years old and has entered the Programming, Apps & Robotics category of the Oliphant Science Awards for the last three years. He has been a finalist each year and came first in his age group in 2020.  The Oliphant Science Awards gives me a...

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Welcome to New Posters Category Sponsors for 2021!

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on 16/02/2021

The Oliphant Science Awards would like to welcome a new joint sponsor to our 2021 competition.  SA Country Fire Service (CFS) & Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) are now proud sponsors of the 2021 Oliphant Science Awards Posters Category.     If you are thinking of creating a Poster this year,...

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The creative process for the OSA trophy winning Scientific Inquiry entry for 2020!

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on 11/02/2021

By Raihanah Pranggono My winning project was a scientific inquiry into the effects of disaccharides and monosaccharides on Saccharomyces cerevisiae’s (baker’s yeast) respiration rates. The results indicated that the monosaccharide fructose yielded the highest average concentration of carbon dioxide gas produced and S. cerevisiae respiration rate, followed by disaccharide sucrose,...

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A Year in the Life of The 2019 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy!

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on 30/11/2020

In 2019, Ms Phoebe Wood, a Year 6 student from Upper Sturt Primary School became the first Primary School student to be awarded The Oliphant Science Awards Trophy for her Model - Anchiornis Huxleyi!   Phoebe has documented her adventures over the course of the year including some amazing media opportunities,...

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Josephine's tips for poster making

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on 06/08/2020

Are you in the process of putting together your Oliphant Science Awards Poster? Check out Josephine's tips for poster making below. Josephine Oehler is a senior student at Seymour College. She has placed entries in the Oliphant Science Awards every year since 2015. During this time Josephine has discovered an...

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Photography Perspectives & Trade Secrets

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on 30/07/2020

Are you trying to get the best shot for your Photography entry?  Check out the videos below for some tips from Oliphant Science Awards entrants Toby Trenwith and Josephine Oehler in 'Photography Perspectives' and from some professional photographers in 'Photography Trade Secrets'.  Also, make sure you have chosen one of...

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Posters 2020 - The Science of Bushfires

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on 28/07/2020

Previous Oliphant Science Awards School Coordinator, now Acting Manager Partners in Bushfire Safety at the South Australian Country Fire Service Chris Sedunary has put together the information below to help students completing a Poster in 2020 within the topic title of The Science of Bushfires! ‘Science informs us of many...

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Phoebe's Top Tips for Making a Models & Inventions Project!

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on 23/07/2020

Registered to make a Models & Inventions Project in this year's Oliphant Science Awards? Whether you are new at Model and Invention making or simply looking for support or ideas on how you could improve, this video from last year's Oliphant Trophy winner Phoebe Wood gives great insight to making...

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Multimedia Memories

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on 17/07/2020

Toby's first Oliphant Science Awards project was a Multimedia entry when he was in Year 5! In his video, he shares how he got started, some tips and tricks for creating a video and how he is sharing his knowledge with other OSA entrants.  Follow Toby's journey in his Multimedia...

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The Oliphant Science Awards: A parent coordinator perspective

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on 14/07/2020

Jo Wood has 2 daughters who have submitted 14 entries over the past 5 years, in 6 different categories! Jo has also been a school coordinator so has a varied perspective to share in her video below. As a parent you can't do the work for them but you can...

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Computer Programming, Apps & Robotics - tips to get started

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on 10/07/2020

Are you submitting a Computer Programming, Apps and Robotics (CPA&R) entry this year? Check out the video below from Toby Trenwith, one of our CPA&R veterans, which walks you through the process of completing your entry! While the coding is important, make sure the product has a practical application, as...

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Techspace Learning - Introductory Robotics Video & School Holidays Workshop

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on 06/07/2020

For those who attended our 2019 Oliphant Science Awards Open Day, you may have met our friends from Techspacing Learning/Hallett Cove Robotics Club at one of our Come & Try activities?! Their members include former Oliphant Science Award prize winners in the Computer Programming, Apps and Robotics category! So if...

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Inspiration for your Science Writing project!

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on 23/06/2020

Are you looking for a starting point for your Science Writing project? First of all have you chosen your title? Don't forget you can only write on one of the titles listed below: Climate Change; The Way Forward? Hidden Waves Does Radiation make Superheroes? Living on Mars Deep Blue: Innovations...

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Hints and tips for creating a great OSA Scientific Inquiry project

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on 18/06/2020

This week we have a great resource for those creating a Scientific Inquiry project in the Oliphant Science Awards, from Ms. Alexandra Stephenson (2016 Oliphant Trophy Winner)! In 2016, Alexandra wowed the judges with her Scientific Inquiry - Vibration Damping on the Cello by Cello Mutes! She also has been...

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Oliphant Science Awards 2019 Trophy Winning Project Video

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on 11/06/2020

The 2019 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy went to Ms. Phoebe Wood from Upper Sturt Primary School for her incredible Model & Invention of Anchiornis huxleyi. So SASTA has asked her to make a video of it, not only to inspire those budding young scientists but to provide some ideas of...

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