Major sponsors provide special awards, which may include specific design briefs and project criteria aligned to their organisational vision and value propositions. These include:
Catholic Network Australia
- Demonstrating the Catholic Ethos (Judged Award)
- Social Justice (Judged Award)
- Future is STEM (Judged Award)
Andy Thomas Space Foundation
STEM in Space
Impactful Data: Saving the world one byte at a time
SEAM (Social Enterprise Asset Management)
- STEM for Sustainability
Arkaroola Education & Research Foundation
- STEM for Habitat Conservation
Andy Thomas Space Foundation: STEM in Space
The Andy Thomas Space Foundation (ATSF) mission is to promote social wellbeing and overcome disadvantage in Australia and to advocate in favour of space as a domain for international cooperation and peaceful coexistence, building a culture of entrepreneurship and igniting a curiosity for space and related scientific activities among young Australians.
Data4Good: Impactful Data - Saving the world one byte at a time
Data4Good is a collective of community leaders and organisations striving to use data and technology to create a better world.
Data Literacy is the ability to derive meaningful information from data and requires competencies to read, understand, create, and communicate data as information.
Data and Privacy:
Students are encouraged to use publicly available data. To get started you can find some good resources on the website at www.data4good.com.au/data.
If students wish to collect their own data (e.g. through IoT devices) they may need to seek supervision. Care must be taken to follow privacy laws and ensure that students are allowed to access and share the data. Any data students collect themselves should be gathered in a safe environment on property they are allowed access to.
If no public data is available for your problem, students are encouraged to show what data is required and how it can be collected, structured and used to solve the problem.
SEAM: STEM for Sustainability
SEAM is a social enterprise inspired by the UN Sustainable Development goals and Laudato Si'.
SEAM seeks to proactively care for our common home, foster future stewards of our planet, and promote socio-economic equality. Inspired by Pope Francis's call in Laudato Si', to respond to the cry of the earth, and the cry of the poor, the SEAM mission is to 'Empower Sustainable Journeys' whilst serving the disadvantaged.
Arkaroola Education & Research Foundation: STEM for Conservation
The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in the northern Flinders Ranges is an area of breathtaking beauty and profound significance for scientific research and conservation of intact arid-land ecosystems. It is internationally recognised for its geological features reaching back 2 billion years; spectacular landscapes; biodiversity assets including endemic and endangered species and cultural history of the Adnyamathanha people.
The Arkaroola Education & Research Foundation has been established to foster an interest in natural science and create pathways for young students to engage with and pursue careers in the various science disciplines; particularly geology, astronomy, ecology and biology.