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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.

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, or Click Here.

STS Handbook

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Complete STS handbook 2018.

Section guidelines only 2018.

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

Members $13

Non-members $15

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If you would like a poster mailed out to help promote Science Talent Search, contact STAV.


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Theme and Topics
The STS theme for 2018 is
Australian Game Changers and Change Makers

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.

Game or Computer Program?
Not sure? Follow the flow chart here.

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.

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

Entry Face Sheet

I've registered my students and received Schools Pack 1, What now?

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 Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards partnership with STS
Science Talent Search has a partnership with the national BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. Students wishing to enter the BHP Billiton 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 Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. Visit the BHPF Science and Engineering Awards website 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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