Big Science & ICAS. What’s the difference?
The Big Science Competition is about science. We do not assess English, spelling, creative writing or anything else. Just science. Because science is our thing.
The Big Science Competition questions are written by science education professionals. The questions draw on real-life examples and contemporary issues to test skills in critical thinking, problem solving and scientific literacy. Learn more about how the questions are developed.
For example, last year students answered questions on 3D printing, faecal matter transplants, micro-beads in the environment, garbage gyres and life on Mars. Download a sample of the questions and see for yourself.
“Our students seem to enjoy the challenge of the competition, and the questions make them think outside the square.” Feedback from secondary science teacher 2015
The Big Science Competition offers flexibility. Teachers choose the format; with online or pen & paper versions available. Teachers also choose the competition day and time that suits them during the competition week.
“Students seemed to appreciate the style of the competition. I appreciate the flexibility of the date for the competition. Good job in setting the competition!” Feedback from secondary science teacher 2015
Big Science Competition (BSC) and ICAS
|BSC online||BSC pen & paper||ICAS|
|cost (plus GST)||$7||$8||$9|
|flexible sitting dates||yes||yes||no|
|minimum registration numbers||0||0||3|
|time to get provisional score||10 days||8 weeks||6 to 8 weeks|
|students win prizes just for taking part||yes||yes||no|
|aligned to the Australian Curriculum||yes||yes||no|
Information in this table is correct as of 8 September 2017.