The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards has received a record number of entries this year - up 43% on last year to 86.
“Its been a wonderful experience for us to receive such an increase in interest by students and their teachers,” says Eureka! Trust Chair, Dr Russ Ballard.
“It’s going to be a great challenge to respond to at the regional competitions where the students present a six-minute summary version of the concept and plans they want the National Judges to mark them on at the National Finals on the 12th of September.
‘We have received entries from 21 secondary schools which are participating for the first time - which is just fantastic.
“57 of the entries are from secondary students and 29 from undergrad students. What this shows is that there are more and more students who are beginning to appreciate the huge importance of communicating to the community about the value STEM can deliver when it comes to the issues facing the planet today.”