There are a number of awards to congratulate, encourage and acknowledge accomplished science educators and students who excel at science. Below is a list of some of the awards available for highly accomplished teachers of science, as well as some awards that recognise contributions to science education from businesses, organisations and members of the community outside of academic staff, and some that recognise excellent science knowledge in students.
ASTA supports awards that recognise the importance of science education and learning, so if you know of any awards you think should be included in this list, please let us know.
This competition aims to celebrate our ability to better understand our world around us. Create a short video that explains an Invention, an Experiment, a Science Concept or an idea. Details at www.60secondscience.net
Big Science Competition
The Big Science Competition is an international competition suitable for students of all abilities. There are three levels of papers based on the Australian school years: Junior (years 7 & 8); Intermediate (years 9 & 10); and Senior (years 11&12). Details at www.asi.edu.au/site/programs_bigscience.php
BHP Billiton Science Awards
Includes Student Awards for young people who have undertaken practical research projects, which demonstrate innovative approaches and thorough scientific procedures, and Teacher Awards recognising outstanding contributions made by classroom teachers to science education. Details at www.scienceawards.org.au
NATA Young Scientists Award
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.Every school across Australia is invited to submit a science project in the competition to win cash prizes. Details at www.nata.com.au (news).
Ruth Dircks ASTA Scholarship to CONASTA
The Ruth Dircks Scholarship is available to assist ASTA members to attend the annual Australian Science Teachers Association conference, CONASTA. Each scholarship covers the cost of early bird registration, travel and accommodation. Details at asta.edu.au/awards/ruthdircks
State and Territory Science Teacher Associations Awards
Each of the State Associations run a number of awards throughout the year. Visit their websites for more information.
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership and commercialisation, school science, and science journalism and communication. Details at eureka.australianmuseum.net.au
The Office of Learning and Teaching Awards
These include Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning and Awards for Teaching Excellence. Details at www.olt.gov.au/awards-awardsandnominations
The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science
The nation's most prestigious and highly regarded awards for excellence in science and science teaching. Details at www.innovation.gov.au/Science/InspiringAustralia/PrimeMinistersPrizesforScience/Pages/default.aspx