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)!

Just by entering, students go into the running to win one of ten great prizes, including a Segway Scooter, a Nintendo Switch, an Apple iPad, Kaiser Action Camera, book packs and gift vouchers. Giveaway open to Australian students only. Terms and conditions apply.

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.

This year, the Big Science Competition is 100% online and 100% free! There will not be a pen and paper option.

Students receive a certificate indicating their performance.  The Big Science Competition is be a pathway into other ASI science enrichment programs such as the Australian Science Olympiads and Curious Minds – girls in STEM.

Participate in the Big Science Competition:

2021 dates: 17—28 May 2021
Registrations open: Wednesday 17 February  2021
Registrations close:
Wednesday 12 May 2021
Price: Free

Registration process:

  1. Students self-register.
  2. Once they’re registered, schools can view registered students via the ASI Teacher Portal.
  3. If your school has never participated in the Big Science Competition before, instructions on how to participate will be sent after the student registers.

Or, contact the ASI office by emailing asi@asi.edu.au or call 02 6125 6228.

The Big Science Competition can be completed at any time during the competition dates. It is the expectation that students will sit the competition as a cohort at school, under exam conditions to maintain the competition integrity. Students who are home-schooled, learn remotely or who otherwise cannot sit the exam at their school may sit the competition at home.

International schools are welcome to participate and should register using the steps above. There is no fee to participate in the 2021 Big Science Competition. International students are not eligible to win a prize as a part of the Big Science Competition Giveaway Promotion.

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