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The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) is running a competition open to students in primary schools across Australia. The NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award started in 2007 to foster an interest in science among schoolchildren, and in response to concerns that Australia's scientific expertise is in decline. The competition encourages students to think about what science is and...

CSIRO's Indigenous STEM Achievement Awards recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students, scientists, teachers, schools and mentors. The awards recognise the immense value of connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with inspirational role models. There are a total of 12 awards available. Applications open on 27 August 2018 and close on 28 September 2018. For details on how...

Registrations now open for NSW & QLD primary schools to receive free electricity teaching resources Primary schools in New South Wales and Queensland are encouraged to get involved in Electricity Safety Week 10-14 September 2018. This annual educational program helps teach primary school students how electricity works and how to behave safely around it. If you’re located in these states, you can...

Earthwatch Australia is offering an opportunity for science and geography teachers to participate in a 7-day professional development experience at the Daintree River in North Queensland. On this expedition, you will have a unique opportunity to assist scientists as they assess and protect the mangroves fringing Daintree's rainforests and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – generating scientific data which will be used...

Inoka Amarasekara  was employed by ATSE to work on our Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship videos. As reported in the New York Times, she has recently co-authored an article with Dr Will Grant, a lecturer at ANU which studied comments left on science YouTube videos. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are popular topics on YouTube. The pair analysed comments on videos made by both...

Last week. The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering presented its 2018 Clunies Ross Awards to some of Australia’s leading STEM innovators. The awards recognise the contributions made by individuals who have shared their vision and knowledge to apply technology for the benefit of Australia. The Clunies Ross Innovation Award was won by Dr Jim Alward who invented a new skin...

An opportunity for teachers, students and parents in Melbourne. STELR will be hosting a display at the festival on Friday 17th August.  ...

ATSE Fellow, Professor Rose Amal, received one of the top Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this week. She became a companion in the Order of Australia (AC). Her research at the University of New South Wales involves using sunlight and catalysts to split water, producing hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen is then reacted with carbon dioxide to produce hydrocarbons for fuels....

The ABC has reported that Port Macquarie Base Hospital is installing 2,000 PV panels, in what is claimed to be the largest rooftop solar installation for a healthcare facility in Australia. The system will generate 609 KW of electricity and save the hospital $130,000 per year in operating costs. One of the aims is to pilot the project to determine its effectiveness for...

STELR would like to congratulate ATSE Fellow, Professor Martin Green of UNSW who has won the prestigious Global Energy Prize. Professor Green is often called the ‘father of photovoltaics’ because pf his ongoing pioneering work in that field. He won the prize for his work on reducing the cost of solar panels. He shares the prize, worth over $800,000, with Russian...