A 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing science knowledge, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable (and interesting)!
The Big Science Competition is an easy way to challenge students from Years 7 to 10 and track their performance against state or national averages. Competition questions are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science.
Students receive a certificate indicating their performance and schools will receive comprehensive reporting on student results compared to class, school and national averages.
Sitting the Big Science Competition could lead to selection in science extension programs including the Australian Science Olympiads and Curious Minds – girls in STEM.
This year, students can win one of four great prizes, including an Apple iPad*! Don’t hesitate.
Registrations close Friday 5 May.
We accept all registrations through schools. Please discuss taking part in the Big Science Competition with your science teacher.
We accept registrations for the Big Science Competition from teachers in Australia and overseas.
We also accept registrations from parents running a registered homeschool or who learn via distance.
Registrations are now open via the ASI Teacher Portal. Registrations close Friday 5 May.
If you are new to the Big Science Competition, contact us to set up an account firstname.lastname@example.org.
All high school students in Year 7 – 10 are eligible to sit the Big Science Competition.
We accept students who attend schools, are homeschooled, or who sit the competition through a tutoring or education academy.
Registrations close Friday 5 May.
Yes, we welcome schools from across the globe.
It is important that international teachers select the correct paper for their students year level. You can view the equivalent year-levels below.
|Competition Level||Australian Year Level||New Zealand Year Level||Singapore Year Level||Approximate age range|
|Year 7 paper||Year 7||Year 8||Sec 1||12-13 years|
|Year 8 paper||Year 8||Year 9||Sec 2||13-14 years|
|Year 9 paper||Year 9||Year 10||Sec 3||14-15 years|
|Year 10 paper||Year 10||Year 11||Sec 4||15-16 years|
The Big Science Competition costs $7 excluding GST per student.
Of course! We have three options for posters you can put up in your classroom:
Absolutely. Contact us for more information on hosting the Big Science Competition at your school.
Students who sit the Big Science Competition are assessed against the outcomes for the Australian Curriculum – Science. The competition is designed not only to test their science knowledge, but their critical thinking and problem-solving skills too!
Teachers get access to comprehensive results that show where your students sit individually, and as a class and against your state average. We provide additional resources that can help you implement the learnings of the exam within the classroom. Parents who home sch0ol will only see where their child sits compared to the state average.
Yes! All Australian students who sit the exam go in the running to win prizes—no matter of their result!
This year, students could win one of four great prizes, which are:
- Two Apple iPad 9th Generation
- Zero-X Sirius 1080P FHD Drone with Optical Flow & Wi-Fi
- JBL TUNE 710 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
Terms and conditions apply.
In the first instance, we always recommend students register through their school. Over 300 schools take part in the Big Science Competition every year. We also accept students who sit the competition through a training or tutoring school.