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Science Talent Search
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Information for Teachers

Judges and Judging Day
It is a condition of entry that each school provides judges in the ratio of 1 judge for each 12 entries or part thereof. For information about your school’s responsibilities for judging entries refer to page 4 of the STS handbook.

More information about Judging Day.


Judges for Electronic entries login here


Changes to the law on 1st September 2019 requires judges who are currently teachers to complete a 5 minute 'Teacher Notification' Working With Children Clearance Victoria here

Details Required:

  • VIT Number
  • your email address
  • Organisation: Science Talent Search
  • Contact person: Janice Teng
  • Contact email:


Competition Dates
There are several important dates  that you must adhere to.
School STS coordinator role
Each school must nominate a School STS Coordinator. You can find a description of the role in the STS Handbook on page 3.

STS Handbook

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If you require hardcopies, there will be a cost for printing, postage and handling:

Members $13

Non-members $15

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You can also download a high resolution copy (4.7mb, PDF) of a poster to print and display in your classroom or school.

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Theme and Topics
The STS theme for 2021 is
Food: Different by Design


There are set topics for Creative Writing and Posters/Scientific Wallcharts sections only.

Assessing STS Projects
For guidance on assessing STS projects and sample assessment rubrics refer to Assessing STS Projects.

Sample Report Format

Working Models


Risk Assessment Form

Key Science Ideas

Picture Story Books and Creative Writing

The STS committee has provided some samples of key science ideas to assist teachers, parents and students who are unclear on what is required for this guideline.

Picture Story book implementation example here.

Professional Development Kit
The Science Talent Search Professional Development Kit is free and has been designed for schools and teachers entering STS for the first time. To obtain a copy send a request email to

Frequently Asked Questions

Your query may be answered by our FAQs.

For all other queries, email the STS project officer.

STS Links with Victorian Curriculum
How does STS map to the Victorian Curriculum.

Forms and Documents

Letter to Entrant

Other Resources

STS Instructions for submitting entries online 2021

STS Video Presentation Guidelines 2021

Oral Presentations weblink sharing

Reports on Sections from Last Year’s Competition
You can read the Coordinator’s Report for each section from the previous year’s competition. Some of these reports have useful hints about how to help ensure projects impress the judges.

BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards partnership with STS
Science Talent Search has a partnership with the national BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. Students wishing to enter the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards must register for Science Talent Search in the Experimental Research and/or Inventions Sections. Major bursary winners for the Experimental Research and/or Inventions sections are automatically entered into the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. Click here for more information


Our sponsors are very important to our competition. Their support enables the competition to operate. Without this support there would be no bursary prizes. View a listing of our major sponsors.

STS Committee
The Science Talent Search competition is run almost entirely by a volunteer committee. Each year 25 – 30 dedicated teachers or ex-teachers donate their valuable time to administering judging, running exhibition and presentation day, and overseeing the competition rules and guidelines. Without a committee the competition cannot operate.
For more information about the STS Committee Click Here.
If you would like to join our committee contact the STS Project Officer

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