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Young Scientist of the Year Video competition

University of Adelaide Young Scientist Video Competition

Know the next climate change hero? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Channel your inner eco-warrior to make a short video on an environmental problem or solution on one of the following topics:

You could be named the University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year, plus win $500 for yourself, and $1000 for your school! There are other great prizes up for grabs too.

The University of Adelaide has teamed up with Careers with STEM for this curriculum-linked competition that is open to students in years 7-10 attending an Australian school.

You can enter individually or in teams of 2,3 or 4.

Entries close Friday 29 October, with winners to be announced on Monday 6 December.

Interested in entering the University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year, but need help to get started? Follow our step-by-step guide below.

  1. Begin by heading to our topics page for tips on choosing an environmental problem or creating your own solution.
  2. Watch video resources on each topic from some of Australia’s leading scientists for inspiration.
  3. Decide if you are going to enter as an individual or group of up to four.
  4. Once you have chosen your topic, make use of our downloadable resources, including how to make a video and check out our FAQs page to get your questions answered.
  5. Read the Terms and Conditions and get the Parental Consent form signed.
  6. Upload your video on our entry page.

Not only will you get the chance to win big, but you will also develop skills along the way. You will get the chance to:

  • Learn how science can transform lives
  • Build communication skills
  • Learn from some of Australia’s leading scientists
  • Share your ideas and solutions

Want to know how to challenge your curious kids to think big?

We’ve got you covered with teacher’s resources and ideas for each topic, plus how you can encourage your students to ask questions and come up with fresh solutions.

By integrating this competition into your classroom, your students will have the chance to:

  • build critical and creative thinking skills
  • extend their knowledge in key areas of science
  • connect to inspiring role models
  • learn about possible careers in science
  • connect learning to real life and future challenges.

Plus, there’s $1,000 for your school up for grabs.

The next future game-changer or wildlife conservation champion could be in your classroom, so help them to discover their potential.

1st 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 and publication on the University of Adelaide and Careers with STEM websites.

2nd PRIZE: One runner up will also receive $250 in cash, $500 cash to the schools science program, and publication on the University of Adelaide and Careers with STEM websites.

TOP 10 FINALISTS: 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.

To enter the next University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year Video Competition, make a 2-5 minute video presentation addressing one of Australia’s big science challenges in either energy & critical minerals, wildlife conservation, or agriculture.

You can choose any problem area for your video, and either: describe a problem that needs to be widely recognised, OR, present your own solution to an environmental problem in one of these three key areas. Visit the topics page to help choose your environmental issue.

Check out the FAQs for more details about prizes, topics, file formats and how to enter as an individual or team. Once your video is ready, you can head to our entry page to upload your file and parent consent form.

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