News 2019 – Science Talent Search 2019

3 Nov 2019

News – 29 October 2019

Science Talent Search 2019

Science Talent Search 28 October 2019 La Trobe University: Smart Heart award winner with Humanists Victoria Vice President Leslie Allan

Since 2018, Humanists Victoria has been supporting young students with developing their science talents through sponsorship of the annual Science Talent Search (STS). This science-based competition is open to all students enrolled in Years Foundation to 12 in both Government and non-Government Schools in Victoria. In 2019, the theme for contestants was Destination Moon: More Missions, More Science. An incredible 3,271 excited students from 165 schools entered their work in the competition. Students had a choice of 10 sections in which to enter:

  • Computer Programs
  • Games
  • Science Photography
  • Posters – Scientific Wall Charts
  • Working Models
  • Inventions
  • Experimental Research
  • Creative Writing
  • Video Productions
  • Class Experimental Research Project

As an organization heavily committed to the leveraging of science to solving social and global problems, Humanists Victoria is proud to support these awards. With our sponsorship, we are encouraging young students to work collaboratively on today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Through the inspiration of these awards, these citizens and scientists of tomorrow are communicating their achievements to a wide audience. We especially seek to encourage young girls and women to become scientists and teachers of science.

Science Talent Search 28 October 2019 La Trobe University: Rosslyn Ives - Editor, Victorian Humanist

This year, the awards were presented on Monday 28 October in the Union Hall at La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus. Leslie Allan (Vice President), Rosslyn Ives (Victorian Humanist Editor and Past President) and Stephen Stuart (Secretary and Past President) attended the exhibitions and awards. They were very impressed by the amount of effort put into the displays and the outstanding quality of the student exhibitions. Meeting up with a number of students and their parents and teachers, they heard first hand the enthusiasm these budding scientists felt for this year’s space theme. Perhaps a Victorian will lead the team designing the next lunar module or discovering what kinds of plants will grow on the Moon.

Rosslyn Ives received many notes of thanks from appreciative students. Some snippets are:

I would like to give my greatest sincere gratitude to your Sponsorship of the Science Talent Search. Thank you so much for providing me with your encouragement and support, I honestly cannot show how much I appreciate your help.

Thank you so much for sponsoring the bursary. I really enjoyed completing the project.

I was very excited and grateful to have won a Minor Bursary in the Middle Primary – Poster section. I really enjoyed putting together the project and will put the money in my bank account.

This prize money is my first ever award for Science and I am very excited because Science is my favourite subject. … I hope I become a great scientist one day.

This year, our Humanists Victoria sponsorship provided bursaries to 29 students.

Awards sponsored by Humanists Victoria in 2019

Student Name/sSchoolProject TitleBursary
Kateryna Zikou
Jayda Wong
Balwyn Primary SchoolHow to Build a Lunar Home$30
Anh NgoBrighton Primary SchoolThe Dark Side of the Moon$35
Bethany OrmeCamberwell Girls Grammar SchoolMoonrise$60
Seneja Alles
Melissa Ludwick
Carwatha CollegeThe Future Moon$40
Nikita DharCreekside K-9 CollegeOur Body Connectors – The Joints$40
Ruby De Silva
Jasmine Gellie
Eltham East Primary SchoolDestination Moon – Then, Now, Next$35
Darcy DoolanFitzroy North Primary SchoolHow to Build a Lunar Home$30
Stella Karvelas
Harriet Lung
Fitzroy North Primary SchoolI Dig the Moon$40
Vishnu BhimarajuGlendal Primary SchoolExploring the Moon$30
Ethan WaiGlendal Primary SchoolDestination Moon$35
Sandaru Suraweera ArachchilageGood News Lutheran CollegeWalking on the Moon$25
Ishita JajpuraHaileyburyLunar Farming – Food on the Moon!$50
Eshini SiriwardhenaHaileyburyLiving on the Moon, One Surprise after Another$40
Georgia KonstantinidisKoonung Secondary CollegeThe Dark Side of the Moon$40
Alana YoungKoonung Secondary CollegeCreative Writing$40
Brianna Hulston
Madeline Ballerini-Willis
Livingstone Primary SchoolWhy Do We Only See One Side of the Moon?$40
Ilya ZyuzinMckinnon Secondary CollegeDelta Moon$45
Angelina LianPresbyterian Ladies’ College Westgate Park Pink Lake$50
Saloni PatkarPresbyterian Ladies’ College Dear Moon, We’re Staying…$50
Leah XynosShelford Girls’ Grammar Dear Moon, We’re Staying$40
Tom JacobSolway Primary SchoolHow to Build a Lunar Home$30
Coen BulteSt Margaret’s SchoolMoon Dust Dilemma$50
Amara SpiteriThe Grange Smart Hearts$50
Matthew SchenaYarra Valley Grammar SchoolColonising the Moon$40


Download Humanists Victoria List of Awards
Download Science Talent Search Bursary Book 2019

Report by Leslie Allan