The Rowe Scientific National Student Investigation

The Rowe Scientific National Student Investigation Program (NSIP) was first introduced in 2016, and since then, has benefited thousands of students across Australia, thanks to the generous support of Mr Reg Rowe. Students are awarded NSIP prizes through their state or territory Science Teachers Association (STA) awards program.

Since the commencement of the Rowe NSIP, it has been an enabler, it has directly supported and recognised the students involved in inquiry-based science activities that are essential to developing the STEM capabilities needed for the jobs of the future.

The awards programs in each state and territory provides an opportunity for students to have their efforts recognised and rewarded, and a platform for demonstrating their scientific talent and ingenuity.

The NSIP offers cash prizes to students across a range of categories, with a special focus on building capability across disadvantaged schools. The awards are designed to

  • Increase participation of students and schools, especially amongst low socio-economic schools and female participants, and raise the profile and interest of STEM in school children at a young age;
  • Develop opportunities and pathways for our students;
  • Improve the quality of entries:
    • Teaching and assessing of the skills, knowledge and understanding required by students when carrying out scientific investigations, mathematics investigations and designing innovative devices;
    • Encouraging students to plan, conduct and communicate scientific investigations, mathematical investigations and innovations using creativity and critical thinking;
    • Encouraging independent, self-motivated project work amongst students of science;
  • Celebrate the scientific successes of our students and exemplary STEM:
    • Recognition and rewarding students for their creativity and critical thinking in working scientifically, working technologically, and working mathematically and in communicating their work.
    • Giving students the opportunity to communicate their achievements to a wider audience;
    • To give the public at large an opportunity to see the quality of work being achieved in science, by both primary and post primary students.

To participate in the Rowe National Student Investigation Program, entry is via your local state or territory Science Teachers Association (STA) awards program.

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