Science Educators’ Association of the Australian Capital Territory

Science Fair


25-26 August – Science Fair Entries Due
27 August – Judging
29 August- Science Fair Project Viewing
16 – 20 October – Science Fair Winning Projects Viewing
20 October – Prize Ceremony

Download 2017 Science Fair Timeline (DOCX).

**NEW** Science investigation booklet (PDF) – Help your students plan and succeed!

Find out more about these events in the 2017 Science Fair manual.

Objectives of the Science Fair

  • To encourage active involvement and interest by students in science.
  • To encourage students to pursue their interests in science beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
  • To encourage students to undertake planned and controlled investigations in science and report their results in an appropriate manner.
  • To encourage students to apply these processes to scientific enquiry to topics that interest them.
  • To encourage students to record and present their work for others and in so doing, develop the various skills used in scientific communication.
  • To enable the community, including other students and teachers, to see project work done by students in the ACT colleges, school and preschools.


The value of the prizes depends on the total sponsorship and the number of entries received for the Fair.

  • For individual and for group entries, prizes will be awarded to First, Second and Highly Commended recipients in each theme for each age group.
  • SEA*ACT School Shields will be awarded to the school who has the highest number of winning entries in an age group.

Themes and Curriculum Links

Each entry should fall under one of the following themes:

  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physical Science
  • Biological Science
  • Chemical Science
  • Engineering

Age Groups

  • Early Childhood – Preschool to year 2
  • Primary Years 3 to 6
  • Special Education* All age groups
  • Secondary/Post Compulsory Years 7 to 12

BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards & the SEA*ACT Science Fair

The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are a partnership between BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resources company, CSIRO, Australia’s premier scientific research organisation and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). The Awards are also supported by Intel Corporation, the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer.

SEA*ACT Science Fair entries are also entries of the BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards and all of the winning entries will be forwarded to compete in the finals judging for the national BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards. There is no extra charge for this.

Twenty-six National BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards Finalists who are also secondary students will be invited to participate in an educational and entertaining four-day science camp and attend presentation function held in Melbourne in February 2016. They will also be required to prepare a science fair exhibit, which will be displayed in a public venue and judged. The two winners of the national BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards will win $4,000 each and the chance to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the USA.

See Science Awards for more information.


CSIRO CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) projects can be run independently or used to enhance your students’ ability to produce high quality projects for the SEA*ACT Science Fair and BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards.

For more details visit CSIRO CREST.

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