Oliphant Awards show off STEM in South Australia

Published: Tuesday 25 September 2018

The South Australian Science Teachers Association has been conducting the Oliphant Science Awards since their inception in 1981.

The program is named after the late Sir Mark Oliphant, Patron for the SASTA Oliphant Science Awards.  He was an eminent scientist whose work included investigation into nuclear physics and participation in the Manhattan Project, leading to the world’s first atomic bomb.

Students from Reception to Year 12 are invited to submit projects in fields including robotics, games, models and inventions, multi-media, photography and scientific inquiry. These projects are displayed at an annual event which is attended by a wide range of adults and children.

This year’s projects ranged from very sophisticated space models, nuclear reactors and high tech applications to carefully designed aids for the elderly or those with physical disabilities requiring better designed tools and implements.

The Oliphant Awards are organised and evaluated by a small group of dedicated science teachers and provide outstanding evidence of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning in our schools.

Information on the 2019 competition will be released on December 1. You can find out more about the Oliphant Awards here.