What is the Big Science Competition?

What is the Big Science Competition?

The Big Science Competition is 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). Take a look at some sample questions.

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 (find out how you can use the results). Competition questions are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science.

Students receive a certificate indicating their performance and those that perform well may be identified for other science enrichment programs such as the Australian Science Olympiads and Curious Minds – girls in STEM.

Watch the video below to find out more about the competition.


To celebrate our 35th year participating in the International Science Olympiad, entry to the Big Science Competition is free.

The Big Science Competition is be a pathway into other ASI programs, including entry into our Curious Minds program and the Australian Olympiad Exams, which is the first step towards representing Australia at the International Science Olympiad.

How to participate

There are two ways to take part in the Big Science Competition:

If you’re a student, you’ll be able to register yourself.

If you’re a teacher, you can register your students on their behalf.

International schools are welcome to participate. There is no fee to participate in the 2021 Big Science Competition.

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