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University of Adelaide Young Scientist Video CompetitionTeacher resources: University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year Video Competition

Creating a video on communicating an environmental issue, or describing their solution to an environmental issues encourages students to be problem solvers and communicators.

The University of Adelaide Young Scientist Video Competition is in its inaugural year and runs from Thursday 15 July, 2021 to Friday 29 October, 2021. Winning students will receive a cash prize for themselves and their school’s STEM program and shortlisted entrants will have the chance to meet with mentors in science from the University of Adelaide.

Students must complete a 2-5 minute video to enter and may work either singly or in terms of up to four.

You can find this year’s topic, prizes and all the information on how to enter here. The competition is open to students in years 7-10 who are enrolled at an Australian school. Read below of curriculum links for this year’s topics.

How to run the competition in class

  1. Start your students by sharing this resource on How to make a science video.
  2. Explore the topics page where there are video resources from researchers on today’s big environmental challenges.
  3. Set a brainstorm activity and storyboard development challenge. Get other teams to review the storyboards and provide feedback.
  4. Get filming!
  5. Task students to get their parent consent form signed and read the terms and conditions.
  6. Students can enter singly or in teams of 2,3 or 4 here.

Curriculum links

Years 7 & 8

Design & Technologies

Digital Technologies

Years 9 & 10

Design & Technologies

Digital Technologies

  • Processes and Production Skills ACDIP043

Year 7

TOPIC #1: ENERGY & CRITICAL MINERALS links most directly to the Australian Curriculum: Science for Years 7&8.

We need to find energy sources that are renewable, and don’t create greenhouse gas emissions. We also need to improve our capacity for energy storage – think South Australia’s battery farm funded by Elon Musk. To make the materials for renewable energy technology and new generation batteries we need new supplies of critical minerals: cobalt, lithium, and rare earth elements.

Your video challenge: Investigate a renewable energy technology or energy storage technology. Where is it and who uses it? What minerals are required to make it? How does it work, and how can it be improved? Why do you think it’s an important technology, and are there challenges to adopting this technology, or is it being used already?

Science Understanding

Science as a Human Endeavour

Science Inquiry Skills

Year 8

TOPIC #1: ENERGY & CRITICAL MINERALS links most directly to the Australian Curriculum: Science for Years 7&8.

We need to find energy sources that are renewable, and don’t create greenhouse gas emissions. We also need to improve our capacity for energy storage – think South Australia’s battery farm funded by Elon Musk. To make the materials for renewable energy technology and new generation batteries we need new supplies of critical minerals: cobalt, lithium, and rare earth elements.

Your video challenge: Investigate a renewable energy technology or energy storage technology. Where is it and who uses it? What minerals are required to make it? How does it work, and how can it be improved? Why do you think it’s an important technology, and are there challenges to adopting this technology, or is it being used already?

Science Understanding

Science as a Human Endeavour

Science Inquiry Skills

Year 9

TOPIC #2: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION links most directly to the Australian Curriculum: Science for Year 9.

From tiger snakes to bandicoots, quolls to quokkas and corroboree frogs to cockatoos, Australia has unique and special wildlife. In fact, 87 per cent of our mammal species, 93 per cent of our reptiles, 94 per cent of our frogs and 45 per cent of our bird species are found only in Australia! Wildlife faces many threats, and we’re losing species faster than we ever have before. At the same time, we’re learning more about our wilfide, through the use of new technology, like drones and satellites to collect data and monitor habitats. 

Your video challenge: Describe an animal that’s important to you, the threats it faces, and how scientists are working to conserve this species. Explain your own ideas to improve on conservation for your chosen species.

 

Science Understanding

Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Use and influence and science ACSHE228

Science Inquiry Skills

Year 10

TOPIC #3: AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT links most directly to the Australian Curriculum: Science for Year 10.

Science Understanding

Science as a Human Endeavour

Science Inquiry Skills

  • ICT Capability
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Ethical Understanding

About the 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 [add link] 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.

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