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NEW : National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) Year 12 Program

The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields. At the NYSF Year 12 Program, run in January each year, participants will:

  • visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities;
  • go on site tours;
  • listen to lectures;
  • take part in workshops;
  • go to social events;
  • participate in group activities that improcve communication and presentation skills.

In 2020 there are 3 separate sessions/weeks running across Brisbane and Canberra. Each session has places for up to 200 students.

Entries now open : 1 March - 31 May 2019. NYSF runs in January 2020.

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NEW : QLD Premier's Coding Challenge

The Premier’s Coding Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for all Queensland students in Year 3 to Year 10. The Premier’s Coding Challenge aims to encourage an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Queensland students.

To take part in the challenge, you must code an interactive and innovative digital solution to raise awareness of cybersafety, and help Queenslanders by providing tips to improve their cybersafety. It could be an app, a game, an animation or a website. Your prototype should be visually appealing and informative. Create your own images, or download and provide credit for appropriate images to use in your digital solution.

Entries close midnight 2nd September 2019.

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CLOSING SOON : Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Nominations are open for the 2019 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. This year awards will be presented, across 6 categories, to the value of $125,000.

The awards categories are:

  • Outstanding Senior STEM Student – $5,000 each.
  • Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student - $5,000 each.
  • Outstanding Teacher of STEM – $5,000 each.
  • Outstanding STEM Support Officer – $5,000 each.
  • STEM Education Partnership – $5,000 each.
  • Outstanding School STEM – $5,000 each.

The awards are open to state and non-state schools in Queensland. Applications close 28th March 2019 at 5pm.

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LIMITED : Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

Provides organisations with grants of between $1,000 to $20,000 to sponsor eligible students to participate in conferences, competitions and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events.

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions aims to support young Australians to develop skills and potential career opportunities in a field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

It will do this by providing grants to organisations, such as schools and community groups, to sponsor eligible young Australians to participate in conferences, competitions and other STEM-related events.

Please note: funding for STEM events (Australia and overseas) and competitions (in Australia only) is exhausted. However, funding for international competitions is still available for application.

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ONGOING : Advancing STEM in Queensland State Primary Schools

Advancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will enable primary schools to source the expertise they need in their local context from secondary schools, universities or industry and align this with their school improvement plan. The funding will also help primary schools to access the resources they need and forge new partnerships to ensure STEM learning is as active and engaging as possible.

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OPEN : #qldtechschools

#qldtechschools is a state-wide initiative established to help schools build their capacity to successfully implement the Australian Curriculum: Technologies by the end of 2020. Now enrolling.

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NOW CLOSED : Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Two prizes are available - one for primary and one for secondary - to recognise teachers who have made an exceptional contribution to science education in Australia. Winners and their schools share in $50,000 of prize money.

Prizes for science, mathematics or technology teaching:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools ($50,000).
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools ($50,000).

Nominations closed on 12th March 2019.

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NOW CLOSED : 2019 NatureBridge Scholarship Program for young Eco-warriors

A two-week student scholarship program will highlight various environmental issues, as students embark on a scientific expedition through two UNESCO world heritage sites. Sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation, the all-expenses paid NatureBridge scholarship program is open to students aged between 16-18 years.

It will see 63 students from across the globe embark on a backpacking adventure through the Yosemite National Park in California and Olympic National Park in Washington during July and August 2019. During the program, students will take part in hands-on science projects and become part of a think-tank on environmental issues such as biodiversity and climate change.

Applications for the 2019 NatureBridge scholarship program are open until 4th March 2019.

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NOW CLOSED : Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants 2018-19 Round 1

The grants aim to support scientists, researchers, journalists, organisations, community groups, science communicators and teachers in developing and delivering science engagement and communication projects, activities and events that align with the Engaging Queenslanders in Science strategy.

Grants up to $10,000 each are available to eligible Queensland-based applicants and must address at least one of the goals of the strategy. Funds need to be spent within a 12-month period and specific assessment criteria must be addressed.

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NOW CLOSED : Brighter Futures - Arrow Energy in the Community

Brighter Futures is Arrow's community investment program which supports the sustainable development of communities in our operational footprint. Through Brighter Futures, we support local organisations that are dedicated to developing stronger Queensland communities.

Our program supports three areas of community interest:

  • health and safety
  • education
  • environment

The program also places significant importance on the inclusion of Indigenous projects and initiatives. From book clubs and childcare facilities to tertiary scholarships and conservation projects, we're working hard to bring visible benefits to local communities.

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NOW CLOSED : STEM Club Grants 2018

Invitations are open to organisations who are running STEM Clubs or those interested in developing a club, to apply for a grant of up to $2000!

Inspiring Australia in Queensland is funded to support the establishment and development of STEM Clubs across Queensland, to provide out of school opportunities for children in all regions to engage with STEM. This pilot program will help Inspiring Australia understand how different clubs operate and what is effective in a variety of regions and for different age groups.

Any organisation can apply – for example: schools, libraries, non-profit organisations or businesses. However, you must have an ABN.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 4 September 2018. Applicants will be notified on 10 September 2018.

Visit the website for more information about Grant Guidelines, requirements, resources and Our Shared Vision of what the clubs are about and how they run. Share your passion for STEM with your local STEM Club!

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NOW CLOSED : NATA Young Scientists of the Year Awards 2018

The NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award started in 2007 to foster an interest in science among schoolchildren, and in response to concerns that Australia's scientific expertise is in decline. The competition encourages students to think about what science is and examine how it impacts on people's everyday lives.

Students from primary schools across Australia are invited to enter the competition to win cash prizes. This year’s theme of ’Medical Science – Towards 2050’ should give students plenty of scope for their entries. They would be required to undertake a science project or investigation based around medical science. This could involve examining breakthroughs and what medical research is happening now and consider exciting developments the future may hold.

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 presentation skills in science.

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NOW CLOSED : WA 2018 Governor's School STEM Awards

The search has begun for Western Australia’s leading STEM education schools, with applications for the 2018 Governor’s School STEM Awards officially opened on 25 June 2018.

The awards, now in their fourth year, aim to raise awareness of the importance of STEM education among school leadership, and incentivise schools to support their teachers in undertaking STEM initiatives.

This year, the Western Australian Government is working closely with Scitech and a committee of representatives from the education community to deliver the awards.

The prizes awarded in both primary and secondary school categories include:

  • $2000 for the Leadership Excellence Award (winner);
  • $1000 for the Meritorious Leadership Awards (runner-up);
  • An invitation for staff and students to visit Government House; and
  • A Scitech visit for up to 90 students.

The winning schools will be selected by expert judging panels and announced at a presentation ceremony at Government House in November 2018.

Applications for the WA 2018 Governor’s School STEM Awards close on 20 August 2018.

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NOW CLOSED : 2018 Premier's Creating Queensland's Future Coding Competition

Entries are now open for the 2018 Premier’s Creating Queensland’s Future coding competition. It’s time to #staysafeonline this year and be in the running to win some amazing technology prizes.

The competition is aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, so if you’re already teaching coding, it’s easy to get your students involved. The competition aims to encourage students to use coding to develop their skills in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and innovation.

The Premier’s Creating Queensland’s Future coding competition is open to all Queensland students of state, Catholic and independent schools. Students from Years 3 to 10 are invited to enter and nominate in one of four categories for individuals and teams of up to four:

i. Years 3 and 4
ii. Years 5 and 6
iii. Years 7 and 8
iv. Years 9 and 10.

Entries closed 19 June 2018.

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NOW CLOSED : 2018 National Science Week School Grants

Available from the Australian Science Teachers Association

The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), with funding assistance from the Australian Government, provides grants for school-initiated National Science Week activities. These grants are intended to be a contribution to the running of a National Science Week activity or event in a school not the sole means of support. Apply for up to $500. Available to all Australian Schools.

All applicants, both successful and unsuccessful will be notified by email. All applicants can access the list of successful applicants on the ASTA website and the Science Week website from 25 May 2018.

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NOW CLOSED : National Science Week Seed Grants 2018

The Queensland National Science Week Coordinating Committee offers annual seed grants up to $2,500 for activities undertaken during National Science Week (11 – 19 August 2018). The aim of the grants is to increase community awareness, understanding and engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based activities during National Science Week in Queensland.

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NOW CLOSED : Queensland Government - Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants

Supports science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that increase the reach and impact of science in Queensland. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible Queensland-based applicants.

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Application Information

Applications can be submitted online at any time.
Applications closed on Thursday 30th May 2018 at 1 pm.

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NOW CLOSED : Junior Landcare Powerful Youth Projects to grow your school's sustainability in 2018

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ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED FOR FY17/18 : Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions is an element of the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme, that provides grants to organisations to sponsor eligible students to participate in conferences, competitions and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions delivered by AusIndustry aims to support young Australians to develop STEM skills and move into a STEM career after school. The Science Engagement element supports Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in significant STEM related activities or events in Australia and overseas. The International Competitions element supports talented Australian students under the age of 18 to participate in high profile STEM competitions outside Australia.

Primary and secondary schools are eligible if their STEM project involves:

  • the participation of a student or a group of students under the age of 18 at an eligible event.
  • a minimum of $1,000 in eligible expenditure.

An eligible event must:

  • be related to the pursuit of a field of STEM and one that promotes student engagement in STEM-related disciplines, or participation in STEM-based competitions both in Australia and overseas.
  • take place within one year of the application being submitted. The Programme Delegate may allow exceptions to this requirement if satisfied that a longer lead-time is needed (for example, for the student to register for an early bird rate at a major conference).

An event is not eligible if the sponsor organisation is required to support the student/s to attend the event as part of its normal ‘business as usual’ activities.

Total funding of:

  • $1 million per year for student participation in STEM engagement activities and events that take place in Australia or overseas.
  • $600,000 per year for student participation in international STEM competitions taking place outside Australia.

You can submit applications at any time, and we will assess them in the order we receive them. We will close applications when the funding for that year runs out.

The minimum grant amount per application is $1,000.

The maximum grant amount per student is:

  • $1,500 for STEM events or activities occurring within Australia.
  • $5,000 for international STEM events or activities.
  • The maximum grant amount per application is $20,000.

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It will also support community organisations with grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to expand existing STEM engagement activities and link young people with local experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and industries.

ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED FOR FY17/18 : Maker Projects Stream A

Maker Projects is an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. It offers grants to support the establishment of maker spaces in schools and the delivery of industry-partnered STEM events and activities to young people in their communities.

Maker Projects aims to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning in Australian schools and communities through the establishment of:

  • maker spaces in schools where students can apply their STEM knowledge, develop entrepreneurial skills, and gain experience in working with emerging and advancing technologies (Stream A).
  • STEM-related events and education activities delivered in partnership with industry for youth under 18 years of age. These will build capability and leverage off the skills gained by organisations who have previously participated in delivering innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise focused education activities for young people (Stream B).

The objective of Maker Projects is to encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through the development of maker spaces and activities in schools and communities. This is with the view to reaching as many students as possible, including those in regional and disadvantaged areas.

This is a great opportunity to establish a makerspace at your school for iSTEM. These grants will be assessed based on the criteria in the order in which they were received. So get your applications in as early as possible.

The Australian Government will invest $4 million over the next four years to help Australian school students put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning into action. The Maker Projects initiative is for eligible Australian schools and community organisations to help set up dedicated maker spaces that offer students hands-on experience in practical aspects of design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as STEM engagement activities.

Around 75 per cent of the jobs of the future will require qualifications in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. So it’s never been more important to properly equip Australia’s schools to encourage our young people to engage with a range of technologies as creators as well as consumers.

The Maker Projects initiative is part of the four-year, $29.8 million Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme encouraging community participation in science and technology as outlined in the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda. It builds on existing successful school and community-based ‘maker’ activities, like local Maker Faires, Coderdojo coding clubs, and the Questacon Smart Skills Initiative. These activities allow young people to design and build in the real and digital world, make movies and stop-motion animation and learn the art of creating. These activities will expand Australian students’ horizons beyond the school curriculum towards the everyday experiences of engineers, scientists and innovators, giving them the skills they need for critical 21st Century jobs.
Maker Projects grants will be allocated to eligible applicants on a ‘first in’ basis until the annual allocation is exhausted.

Application Information

Maker Projects Stream A has attracted an extremely high level of demand that is expected to exhaust the funding for the 2017/18 financial year. As such, applications are already closed, and no further applications are being accepted at this time. Applications already lodged will be assessed against the eligibility criteria in order of receipt.

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NOW CLOSED : 2017 Indigenous STEM Awards

Nominations for the 2017 Indigenous STEM Awards are invited from students, teachers, schools, scientists and STEM champions who have been participating in the Indigenous STEM Education Project. Nominations for the Indigenous STEM Professional Awards and the Indigenous Student STEM Achievement Awards will be sought nationally.

The award winners will be announced nationally in March 2018. All Award winners will be invited to act as Indigenous STEM ambassadors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth during 2018.

In promoting high aspiration and the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the Indigenous STEM Awards recognise the critical role of inquiry based learning. Effective inquiry increases student ability to apply the critical thinking skills of planning, conducting, processing and evaluating. The awards also recognise the immense value of connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with inspirational STEM role models, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

The six award categories are as follows:

  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student STEM Achievement Awards.
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Science and Maths Award.
  • School Award.
  • Teacher Award.
  • STEM Champion Award.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM Professional Awards.

Applications will open Monday 16 October 2017 and close on Friday 10 November 2017.

Click here to read more about these awards and categories

NOW CLOSED : Australian Government - Department of Education and Training
Digital Literacy School Grants (DLSG) - enhancing digital literacy through a whole school approach

The Digital Literacy School Grants are an initiative under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM measure of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for schools and other organisations will be able to apply for modest grants to encourage and facilitate implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. There will be two grant rounds funded over two consecutive years. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis with priority given to those projects that demonstrate genuine innovation, sustainability and positive educational outcomes. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools. Schools may also choose to partner together and share a grant.

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Application Information - Round One Projects

Applications for the first round of project funding has been finalised and there were 54 successful projects from across Australia. 

View the successful applicants here

Application Information - Round Two Projects

The second round of grant funding is now also closed. Information will be provided to all applicants about the selection process and next steps by 30 November 2017.

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