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NATA Young Scientists of the Year Awards 2016

The annual NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award competition is now open!

Students from primary schools across Australia can enter for a chance to win cash prizes!!

Entries close on Friday 23 September 2016

NYSYS POsterAbout the 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. Now in its ninth year, the competition encourages students to look at how science impacts on people's lives. Students from primary schools across Australia are invited to enter the competition to win cash prizes.

This year’s theme of ‘Science in our lives’ has been chosen to give students a broad range of topics to choose from as well as thinking about how science affects their everyday lives. They can investigate any area of their lives in which science has had an impact – from food and clothing to weather forecasting!

The NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award initiative to encourage young scientists has been strongly supported by the Commonwealth and state governments.

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

The Competition Rules

Entry to the NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award is free and open to individuals and class groups in primary schools across Australia.

There are three age groups eligible for this competition (birthdays as at 30 June 2016) from primary schools: 7 & 8 year olds; 9 & 10 year olds and 11 & 12 year olds.

This year’s theme is ‘Science in our lives’

All submitted materials must be wholly designed and produced by the entrant(s).

There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted to the Award from one school.

The entries will be judged by a team of scientists from a range of disciplines.

The judges’ decision will be final.

Each entry MUST be accompanied by an entry form downloaded from the NATA website and the student name(s) clearly written on the entry form. Please note that each student who enters will receive a certificate so it’s important to ensure that student names can be clearly read.

Students are required to undertake an experiment or investigation around the theme of science in their lives. There is plenty of scope for students to look around them and explore how scientific discovery has an impact on everything they do, from the moment they wake up until they close their eyes at the end of the day.

Each submission should contain a title, a written element and a visual element.

Submissions MUST include a written project summary of no more than one A4 page.

This should include the project’s aims, execution and results.

For the visual element, entrants could submit their projects in any form, such as:

  • Pictures and words in a scrapbook
  • A video or DVD presentation (maximum five minutes)
  • Computer graphics or other digital media
  • Poster 841mm x 591mm in landscape or portrait


Entries should be sent to Diane Lyons, NYSYA 2016, PO Box 7507, Silverwater NSW 2128 for receipt no later than 23 September 2016.

The entries MUST be accompanied by an official NATA entry form, which can be downloaded here.

All entries will be acknowledged by email once received by NATA.

At the conclusion of the competition, all entrants will receive a certificate.

NATA cannot accept any responsibility for postal costs or damage to submitted entries.

Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

Announcement of the winners

Winners will be informed by telephone to the contact shown on the entry form, usually a teacher or Principal. The names of the winners will be posted on the NATA website and announced to national, regional and local media. NATA will liaise fully with winning schools prior to any announcement to the media.

No names, addresses or other information connected to the school or its pupils will be disclosed to media without prior consent of the school. NATA will seek to provide full cooperation with the schools, if required, in handling media enquiries.

Winning schools (with permission of their Department's media unit) may like to use award results to promote themselves to the local media.
As well as raising the profile of individual schools, publicity of this nature provides an opportunity to highlight the practical and fun side of science.


Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges.

The top ten in each age group will be selected and the following prizes awarded:

$2,500 to the winner’s school
$400 to the winning student or group
$200 to the second finalist
$200 to the third finalist
$30 book voucher to the remaining seven finalists

There will also be two Encouragement Awards of $25 each.

The Awards Presentation

First prize cheques and certificates will be presented to the winning schools at an appropriate school event. NATA will liaise directly with the winning schools to determine when this will take place.


For any enquiries about the NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award, please contact Diane Lyons, Administration and Promotions Officer on (02) 9736 8255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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