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Science and Engineering Investigations Online

The Science and Engineering Investigation Awards are a state-wide competition for Year 5 to 12 students who investigate a topic of their choice. Students then present their findings to judges from research and industry for feedback.

This year, because of COVID19, we are going online

We invite students to submit a poster (as a pdf) summarising their investigation project, which will be reviewed by our judges. Outstanding projects will be included in an online exhibition (subject to permission) which everyone is encouraged to view. All students will receive a certificate of participation and written feedback from the judges.

We encourage you to find a question that you are really interested in solving. If you need some suggestions, you can visit this ideas page. We have also provided information on carrying out your investigation safely (PDF 46KB) and a risk assessment form (PDF 100KB), which you will need to submit with your project. Whatever question you decide to explore, you'll be using the scientific method to investigate your questions just as a scientist would.

While you won't need to include a written report of your project this year, we'd encourage you to submit a report on your project to the Tasmanian Science Talent Search organised by the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania.

Your poster will need to include a summary of your investigation including:

  • your question
  • a brief introduction to your topic
  • what you did (your method)
  • what you found out (your results)
  • your conclusions; and any references you used or support you received.
  • Projects for this years Science and Engineering Investigations Online can be submitted here from Monday 14 August through to Friday 11 September 2020. Please review participation requirements here (PDF 44KB). Outstanding projects will be available to view online from Monday 21 September.

Key Dates

Entries are open Mon 14 Aug 2020 - Friday 11 Sept 2020


What's it like doing an investigation? Science and Engineering Investigation Awards

Haven't been to the Awards before? Watch this short overview.

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College of Sciences and Engineering, Community Engagement