FAQs: University of Adelaide Young Scientist Video Competition

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Who is the competition for?

The University of Adelaide Young Scientist Video Competition is open to students in Years 7–10 enrolled at an Australian school.

It’s a great way to complement your studies across Science, History & Geography, Digital Technologies and Design & Technology. Check out the links to the Australian Curriculum on our teacher page.

What is the topic this year?

Your video needs to showcase an environmental problem that needs to be recognised, or explains your solution to an environmental problem in wildlife conservation, agriculture or energy and critical minerals.

Get all of the topic information and research starters here

How do I enter?

Students create a short video (2-5 minutes). They can submit their video themselves HERE from Thursday July 15, 2021. Classes can submit multiple entries in teams of up to four students, but each entry must be accompanied by a parent consent form for each entrant.

To enter, students need to agree to the Terms & Conditions, and their parents/guardians to sign the Parent Consent Form, which is uploaded with their submission. Entries close Friday 29 October 2021.

What is the prize?

The winner will be named University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year and receive a $500 cash prize. Their school will also receive $1000 cash towards the school’s science program.

The prize winner will also have their video published on the University of Adelaide and Careers with STEM websites.

One runner up will also receive $250 in cash, a letter of commendation from the University’s Vice-Chancellor, $500 cash to the school’s science program, and publication on the University of Adelaide and Careers with STEM websites.

The top 10 finalists will have an awesome kickstart to their career in STEM. They will have an opportunity to interview an expert professor in the student’s area of interest, a virtual or face-face meeting with a University of Adelaide student in the student’s area of interest, and have their profile on the University of Adelaide website.

Can I enter as a team?

Yes! Teams of up to four people can enter their video entry as a team. Each team member must include a signed Parent Consent Form. Only one entry form is needed, and all of the files can be uploaded via the submission portal HERE.

Do I need to include credits?

Yes, your video should include credits including the producers and acknowledging any music or footage that is used in the video.

Have you got any resources on how to make a video?

Yes, check out our handy tips on creating a STEM video here. You can also download these to share with your class.

How will the competition be judged?

Judges will assess entries on: how well the topic is addressed, visual appeal, accuracy, imaginative quality and overall quality of the video. The judges are looking for interesting and engaging presentation and ideas rather than perfect video quality.

Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges chosen by the University of Adelaide and Careers with STEM.

What are the competition dates?

The University of Adelaide Young Scientist Video Competition is open from Thursday 15 July, 2021 to Friday 29 October, 2021. The winner will be announced on Monday, 6 December 2021.

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Heather Catchpole

Author: Heather Catchpole

Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs


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