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Science Talent Search 2021

Our Junior and Middle School students have joined thousands of other students from across the state to participate in the rigorous Science Talent Search competition.

Each year students from Prep – Year 6 are offered the opportunity to enter the Science Talent Search, which is a state-wide competition for all primary and secondary students in Australia. It is run by Science Teachers Association of Victoria (STAV) and adjudicated by teacher volunteers.

There are numerous categories students can enter, from Experimental Research, Computer Programming, Creative Writing to Photography, just to name a few. Regardless of the category, the focus is on science! They must become an expert in an area they’re interested in, do independent
research outside of school and use the criteria provided by STAV to ensure their entry has a chance at receiving an award.

It is a competition that is not for the faint of heart. Students work independently with the support of parents from March through July, checking in on a monthly basis with their teachers to ensure they’re staying on track, meeting deadlines and staying within the criteria. They respond to teacher feedback and return home to continue their work.

While it is an incredible amount of work for students and the competition is fierce (thousands of students enter across the state), our future scientists do well every year.

‘I have never been prouder of their efforts than I have been over the last two years. While enduring lockdowns in a pandemic, our students have continued to achieve excellent results!’ Blair Odom, Head of Learning – STEM at Glen Waverley Campus said.

From early learning to Year 6, the curriculum is delivered through the IB Primary Years Programme, an internationally recognised, inquiry-based learning approach.

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