The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science awards. Operating since 1981, the awards are a partnership between BHP Billiton, CSIRO (Australia’s premier scientific research organisation) and the Australian Science Teachers Association.
The awards recognise young people who have undertaken practical research projects that demonstrate innovative approaches and also recognise outstanding contributions made by classroom teachers to science education.
In addition to cash prizes, the two student winners are given the chance to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the US. ISEF brings together more than 1,000 of the brightest scientific minds from around the world to compete in one of the world’s largest pre-university celebrations of science.
Many students say their entry in the awards marked the high point of their school science careers. Their participation in the awards stimulates their thirst for knowledge while, in some cases, setting them on a potential career in science and engineering. The teacher awards have enabled teachers to set themselves apart as educators with special skills who inspire their students.
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1981 and ongoing
US$1.2 million over three years