University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year

Video competition for Year 7-10 school students

Channel your inner eco-warrior to make a short video on an environmental problem or solution.

You could be named the University of Adelaide Young Scientist of the Year, win $500 for yourself and $1000 for your school! There are other great prizes up for grabs too.

The University of Adelaide has teamed up with Careers with STEM for this curriculum-linked competition that is open to students in years 7-10 attending an Australian school. You can enter individually or in teams of up to four.

The 2021 competition winners and the top 10 entries (in no particular order) are below.

Competition details

Sustainable Sugarcane

Competition winner: Sienna Torrisi - Methodist Ladies' College, WA

Mice Apocalypse!

Competition runner-up: Jayden Xie / Isabel Marturia - Santa Sabina College, NSW

Green Corridors for the Conservation of Marine Mammals

Charlie Randall - St Michaels College, SA

Southern Cassowary

Olivia Snape / Kenisha Bickle / Angelina Issa - Mount St Joseph Milperra, NSW

Saving the Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby

Jasmine Draper - Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Bentleigh, VIC            


Lushomo Chinganya - Edinburgh College, VIC            

Saltwater Batteries | Professor Cheeseman and the Lab Rats

Belinda Baillie / Charli Arvanitakis / Ellie Cheeseman / Niamh Campion - Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Bentleigh, VIC

Soil Erosion

Kate Gentle / Gubek Yengkopiong - St Joseph’s School Northam, WA       

Save the Vaquita

Camilla Guthrie - Somerset College, QLD            

Liquid Air Batteries

  • Jessica Lee / Nicole Curry - Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, VIC

Video topics

To enter the next competition, all you need to do is create a 2-5 minute video addressing one of Australia’s big science challenges.

You can choose any problem area for your video that relates to one of the following three topics - energy and critical minerals, wildlife conservation, or agriculture.

Your video can describe an issue that needs to be widely recognised, or present your own solution to a problem.

Energy and critical minerals

We need to find energy sources that are renewable, and don’t create greenhouse gas emissions. We also need to improve our capacity for energy storage – think South Australia’s battery farm funded by Elon Musk.

To make the materials for renewable energy technology and new generation batteries we need new supplies of critical minerals: cobalt, lithium, and rare earth elements.

Wildlife conservation

From tiger snakes to bandicoots, quolls to quokkas and corroboree frogs to cockatoos, Australia has unique and special wildlife. In fact, 87 per cent of our mammal species, 93 per cent of our reptiles, 94 per cent of our frogs and 45 per cent of our bird species are found only in Australia! Wildlife faces many threats, and we’re losing species faster than we ever have before.

At the same time, we’re learning more about our wildlife, through the use of new technology, like drones and satellites to collect data and monitor habitats.


From dryland salinity to drought tolerance, agriculture in Australia faces big challenges. How can science help to solve environmental challenges in agriculture?

From shovels with sensors that can test the soil on the go, to genes that can suppress pests like mice and locusts before they devastate crops, and breeding new drought-tolerant grape varieties – investigate science’s smart solutions to agricultural problems.