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The Robogals Science Challenge is a nationwide science competition for girls, which enables them to learn a bit more about science and engineering by conducting science projects or experiments with a friend or a parent (or another mentor). Entries to the competition are submitted online in the form of videos, photos and writing in three age categories. The competition will span across five months, culminating in an awards ceremony where the best 12 groups or individuals will be invited and the winners announced.
Your challenge submission consists of two parts: the Minor Challenges and the Major Challenge. The Minor Challenges are the initial part of the challenge, where by participants can begin to learn about different sciences and engineering disciplines and have the option to participate in mini experiments. Participants are encouraged to participate in as many minor challenges as possible to help build up their skills for the final challenge. The Major Challenge is when participants can create their own experiment and produce a video to show their findings. Both parts to the challenge are submitted through this website.
Girls between ages 5 to 15 can enter the competition, individually or as a team of 2, accompanied by a parent-mentor who is above 18 years of age. Only entrants from Australia will be eligible for prizes.
The top 3 groups in each category, plus the "crowd favourite", as voted online, will be invited to a science and engineering weekend tour in Melbourne on the 30th November to the 1st December! Finalists will be provided with flights to Melbourne and accommodation courtesy of General Electric (GE). The weekend includes an award ceremony plus visits to science-related attractions and more!
The Robogals Science Challenge has no specific theme for the Major Challenge; we've left it open-ended for you to choose any science experiment that's fun and exciting. You may like to build on one of your minor challenges or choose the engineering discipline/science area you liked best in the minor challenges and construct a new experiment. Still not sure where to start? Look at the previous years' entries or see project ideas for further clarification of what is regarded as a science project and some pointers to get you started.
All participants will receive a certificate of participation. All finalists receive a trophy, and a science prize pack containing a science kit or other fun science gizmos!
For the Major Challenge you will submit a video as your entry. Each video is to be submitted online and will star a mentor and up to 2 mentees, talking about and demonstrating their project. In the maximum 4-minute long video, the young girl(s) should do at least 3/4 of the talking. The mentor's role is primarily to encourage their mentee to participate and to help with dangerous tasks (use of the stove, for example).
The girl(s) should answer the following questions in the video:
* Question 2 is to ensure that the video has been made specifically for this competition, and not used from elsewhere.
The online questionnaire will ask the following questions:
If it is not practical to film the actual project, your video could show photos together with an explanation of the project.
As well as having the chance to win a prize in your division for first, second and third, there is also an award for the Crowd Favourite in each age division. The voting begins when the video submissions open for the Major Challenge and closes on the 14th October, when the competition concludes. The voting is open to the general public as well as those participating so there is the chance for you to be able to vote for your favourites as well as have your friends and family vote for your project.
To determine the winners for each age group, the videos submitted for the Major Challenge will be judged by our esteemed panel of judges. The entries for the Major Challenge will be ranked using a scoring method based on the following:
* This year's judges will be announced shortly.
The Robogals Science Challenge is open to all girls from the ages of 5 to 15 in Australia and is free of entry. Registration opens on the 3rd of June and closes 7th October – a week before the competition concludes. The video for the Major Challenge can be submitted at any time between the opening and closing dates though is recommended to be submitted post completing at least one of the minor challenges.
The most important aspect of this competition is that everyone enjoys their experiments and sees that science and engineering can be fun! Everything we do starts and ends with that principle.