Science Educators’ Association of the Australian Capital Territory

2022 Science and Engineering Fair

Entries Due:    21 and 22 October 2022


Judging:         23 October 2022


* Physical projects can be submitted at Caroline Chisholm School – Senior Campus

Getting started quick tips

Here’s a short video of a sample science fair project that is being evaluated by a judge.  The student has developed a Google Slide show as an alternative to a paper-based poster.  The student also used some Google tools to embedded videos to describe his experiment.  However, with some suggested improvements, this project could have received higher marks.  Listen and watch to learn how!

Objectives of the Science Fair

Find out more about the fair guidelines and expectations in the 2021 Science Fair book.  Click HERE to view the rubric.

  • 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.
  • SEAACT 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

Instructions on how to submit your digital project

  1. Register your project by clicking on the button above: “Submit your Science Fair Project”
  2. A unique project identification number will be generated.  Write down your unique project number.
  3. Naming your file – ensure that your digital file includes your name, your school name and unique project number.  For example: John Smith, A Local Primary School, #232
  4. You must have a Gmail account or an EDU Google account (Public School students) to upload your file into the Google Classroom.
  5. Join the relevant Google Classroom and submit your digital file to the appropriate age category.

BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards

Selected entries may be eligible for the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. For more information visit the Awards page.

Judging in Melbourne for the 2021 BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards will not go ahead this year due to border closures. Instead, each state and territory will select their national finalists comprising three to five high school winners and up to five primary winners.

Judging for the select group of BHPFSEA national finalists has already commenced from our current group of winners. Teachers and students will be notified of their success in the coming weeks. We hope that we can offer a special ceremony in term four to celebrate the achievements of our national finalists, but once again this will depend on current COVID-19 restrictions.


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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