This year’s entries are featured on our virtual science fair page.  Please visit the fair and marvel at the students’ incredible work.

About the ASTA i³ Awards

The ASTA i³ Awards program is a collaboration between all members of the ASTA Federation, comprising each state and territory’s Science Teachers Association and the ASTA Secretariat, celebrating inquiry, innovation and ingenuity across Australian school students of STEM.

Our Federation recognises the importance of delivering a national awards program, whereby students who have excelled in their region’s STEM competition can progress to a higher level competition.  National winners will receive cash prizes and a certificate.

Entry to the the i³ Awards is open to school students from Preschool to Year 12 who have demonstrated exceptional results in their state or territory STEM awards program, and is via nomination only through a state or territory Science Teachers Association (STA).   Each STA may nominate up to eight projects across the senior and junior categories for consideration in the national competition.  

Enquiries about the i³ Awards should be directed to [email protected].  For further information about your state and territory awards programs, please visit your local STA website.


We value…

  • authentic and effective STEM education
  • Inclusivity, equity and accessibility for all Australian youth
  • positive experiences for students to feel inspired to pursue STEM-related fields
  • Fostering positive attitudes toward STEM and STEM education
  • our supportive and engaged community of alumni and volunteers
  • bringing together like-minded peers to showcase their skills and knowledge
  • igniting a passion for science that sparks life-long STEM learning
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Student categories and prizes

Prize Name Category
1st Senior Science Inquiry
1st Senior Invention / engineering
Ingenuity Senior Science inquiry or invention / engineering
Ingenuity Junior Science and invention
Ingenuity Junior Science and invention
Ingenuity Junior Science and invention

Teacher awards

We also recognise the outstanding contributions made by classroom teachers to science education. Entry into our Teacher Awards is via nomination from your state or territory Science Teachers Association.

Two awards are available, including our overall first prize plus a prize for best regional teacher.

Visit our ASTA Teacher Awards page for further information.

ASTA i³ Student Entries

In order to submit an entry into the i3 Awards, you must have been nominated by your STA and provided a pin to log in. Entries into the 2023-24 awards will close on 17 November 2023.

ASTA i³ Teacher Entries

Entries may only be submitted by the nominating STA.  Please ensure that all completed supporting documents have been forwarded to the nominating STA for inclusion.

For more information, visit your local STA

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