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Science Your Future Competition


What is the Science Your Future Competition 2018?

It is a video and essay competition (in English) about STEM run by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Jakarta.

Who can participate in this competition?

Students from Grades 9-11, studying at Austrade partner schools in Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Makassar.

Who is eligible to enter the competition?

The competition is only open to school students at Austrade partner schools in Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Makassar. Registration and submission of entries must be completed by a teacher or other staff member of the school. Teams must be made up of two students from grade 9-11 and one supervising science, technology or mathematics teacher.

Do I have to register only through my school?

Yes, students from grades 9 -11 who are interested in participating in the competition are required to register only through their schools. Students cannot register autonomously or individually.

How can I participate in the competition?

Once your school registers for the competition, students, in teams of two, need to make a video and write a supporting essay related to one of the 3 themes: Useable STEM, Edible STEM, or Liveable STEM. Schools must upload student entries using the unique sharefile link provided by Austrade when they registered. For details on how to make the video and write the essay, please visit the Video Making Guidelines and Essay Writing Guidelines pages. The schools must submit the Entries by 31 March 2018.

What is the purpose of the competition?

The competition aims to encourage students in Indonesia to achieve their ambitions to study STEM in Australia. We hope that students will enjoy using their skills and knowledge to find the solution to problems they are facing in the city in which they live.

What is the role of the teacher in this competition?

Teachers are asked to encourage their students to ‘think outside the box’ and brainstorm to come up with relevant and practical ideas. They can ensure that the participants have adhered to the competition rules such as the time limit of the video, word limit of the essay, and adhering to the chosen theme.

While making the video, students are asked to take special care not to infringe on existing copyright or patents. For instance, they cannot copy and paste samples from popular songs or movies and include these in their video without acknowledging their source or checking if they are infringing on the copyright of the media source.

Teachers are requested to check these matters before submitting the videos for the competition.

Teachers should monitor if the students have understood the themes for the competition and make sure that they stay-on-topic.

Teachers are also asked to attend the webinars / roadshows that have been organised prior to the competition, so that they will be able to make sure that their students submit excellent videos and essays.

What do schools have to do?

Schools need to register for the competition. This can be done by filling in the registration form included with the School Pack and returning it via email to

Schools should make sure that their teams are made up of two students from grade 9 -11 with one supervising science, technology or mathematics teacher.

Only 5 (five) Entries will be accepted from each school.

Schools need to ensure that students have the required permissions to enter the competition. Winning students will need to have parental permission to enter the competition and necessary paperwork and travel documents to be able to travel to Australia between July and August 2018. Contents and release forms will be posted to winning students in May 2018.

What are the dates for entering the competition?

Entries will be accepted from 1st January until 31st March 2018.

What are the judging criteria for the competition?

The submitted videos will be judged on the content, which includes relevance, accuracy and originality, language, which includes clarity, delivery and creativity and presentation. Students are asked to check that there is no copyright infringement in their videos.

Essays will be judged on the content including a well-articulated description of the problem being addressed, the STEM solution, the benefits and the research process undertaking.

Please refer to the Judging Criteria at the bottom of the page.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced by email to the schools in May 2018.

What are the prizes?

Winning teams will enjoy a one week study tour to Australia. It will be an all-expenses-paid trip to experience student life at one of Australia’s leading universities in the ATN group.

When will the winning teams fly to Australia and how?

The winning teams will fly on Qantas to Australia between July and August 2018.

How long do I have to prepare my entry?

You can start making your video from the moment your school registers for the competition. You will need to coordinate with your school and your teacher to ensure that you have chosen the correct topic. Schools are encouraged to register for the competition early in order to receive regular competition updates and submit the videos and essay during the submission period.

What is the Australian Technology Network?

The Australian Technology Network (ATN) is a network of five universities from each mainland state of Australia, including Curtin University, QUT, University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, and University of South Australia.

Who are the sponsors

The competition is sponsored by Qantas and PT NS Bluescope Indonesia.

What are benefits for our school?

Participating in the Science Your Future Video Competition can raise your school’s profile. The winning schools will feature in national and international publicity campaigns by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. Winning videos will also be promoted through social media by Austrade along with the Australian Technology Network channels.

Judging Criteria

Science Your Future Competition 2018 - Judging Criteria

Video Content Quality (20 points):

  • The video clearly addresses one of the 3 themes:
    • Edible STEM
    • Usable STEM
    • Liveable STEM
  • The video content applies to a real life challenge in Indonesia
  • The video delivers a clear message

Video Creative Quality (20 points):

  • The video is original and unique
  • The video is visually and/or verbally distinctive
  • No copyright violations

Video Production Quality (10 points):

  • Smooth transitions and edits
  • Sound is balanced and easy to hear
  • Lighting is balanced and visuals clear and crisp
  • Sound and visual elements relevant to video’s message

Essay Content Quality (40%)

  • Essay provides a clear description of:
    • the problem the students are seeking to address
    • the STEM solution
    • the benefits of the solution
    • the research process undertaken
    • the sources used

Essay Technical Criteria (10 points):

  • Between 450 and 500 words in total
  • Typed and double spaced
  • In English
  • Word or PDF document
  • Referencing
  • Signatures attesting to original authorship

Last updated: Friday, 8 December 2017 10:34:24 AM

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