Now in its fifth year, the NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award was inaugurated in 2007 to foster an interest in science among schoolchildren, and in response to reports that Australia’s scientific expertise is in decline.
§ The aims and purpose of the competition are:
§ to promote to children the benefits and value of science.
§ to provide students with the opportunity to participate in science on a national platform.
§ to encourage students to apply their creativity to scientific solutions.
§ to demonstrate the importance of good presentational skills in science.
Entry to the NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award is free and open to individuals and class groups in primary schools across Australia.
There are three age groups eligible for this competition (birthdays as at 30 June 2011): 7 & 8 year olds; 9 & 10 year olds and 11 & 12 year olds. There's a total of moe than $11,000 in prizes for the winners and their schools.
Since 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry – and this is an official IYC event - this year’s theme is “Chemistry in our Lives”. Students are asked to submit a project of their choice that demonstrates chemistry in our every day lives – everything from soap to suspensions! Entries will be judged on innovation, research and presentation.
All entries must be received by NATA no later than Friday, September 23, 2011.
Full details are on the NATA website: www.nata.com.au