The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards are designed to encourage and develop young leaders within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject areas. A key part of the Eureka! Awards is showing how your STEM idea can benefit New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social wealth and well-being.
A successful Eureka! presentation has three key components:
- Explanation of a STEM idea
- Explanation of a New Zealand problem (that your STEM idea solves)
- Explanation of how your idea solves the problem and in doing so increases New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social wealth and well-being.
Contestants first present a six minute summary speech at one of the Eureka! regional competitions, held in key centers, or by submitting a video of their presentation through the virtual region.
From the regional competitions twelve students are selected to compete in the Eureka! National Finals. The twelve compete for Highly Commended Awards and the Sir Paul Callaghan Premier Award. At the National Finals presentations are twelve minutes in length followed by up to five minutes of questions from the judges.
The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards also feature a number of Scholarships awarded for the best presentations across a range of specified subjects.