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BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards

The BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards (BHPBFSEA) are Australia's most prestigious school science and engineering awards. The finalists are the best and brightest student researchers and innovators in the country. The BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards also recognise teachers who engage students in the study of open-ended investigations and work consistently within thier school community and wider professional arenas to make an outstanding contribution to science education in Australia.

The BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards are a partnership between the BHP Billiton Foundation, CSIRO, ASTA and the eight state and territory Science Teacher Associations. Each state and territory Science Teachers Association runs a state-wide student competition and the best of the experimental research and engineering entries from these competitions are entered into the national competition, the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.

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Student awards 

In brief:


Student entry

Entry into the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards is via nomination only through the state and territory Science Teacher Associations.

To be considered for nomination, projects must be submitted into the relevant categories:

  • Experiment, research or investigation category
  • Invention or engineering category

For nominated entries into the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, the following requirements must be met to be eligible for selection as a finalist:

  • Projects must include designing and carrying out an experimental investigation or engineering project.
  • Projects must be nominated for entry through the state and territory Science Teacher Association science awards.
  • The PDF entry form and online entry form are both completed (contact your local STA for these forms).
  • A written project report is uploaded with the online entry form (PDF preferred).
  • Project report includes acknowledgement of prior research/development and assistance from experts/industry professionals.
  • Group projects include a maximum of three students.
  • Students must be an Australia Citizen or permanent resident. 
  • For engineering entries only, a short video of the product in operation is uploaded with the online entry form (5 mins max).

Student finalists

The top three projects from the Investigations category and top three projects from the Engineering category receive the following prizes:

  • First prize A$4000
  • Second Prize A$3000
  • Third Prize A$1500

One finalist will be awarded the Innovator to Market prize. The Innovator to Market prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid experience including attendance at one of CSIRO’s ON programs and visit to CSIRO labs or centres.

The top twenty finalists will receive a A$250 prize.

Up to 100 semi-finalist entries will win A$100.

The finalist winners for the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards will have the chance to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the United States of America in May.

Up to eight winning primary entries will win A$250.

Up to 90 primary students will receive encouragement award prize packs.

Teacher awards

Teacher finalists are selected from around Australia. Each Science Teachers Association is invited to nominate one teacher, chosen for their excellence in teaching, their support of open-ended student investigations and their suitability to represent their state or territory.

Finalists will be invited to attend the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards Teacher Best Practice Seminar and the prestigious BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne in February each year. The winning teacher will also be invited to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the United States of America in May.

 

For more information visit the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards website.