Sleek Geeks Science - Primary School (Eureka Prizes)

The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize - Primary School is sponsored by University of Sydney. 

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The University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is awarded for a short film that communicates a scientific concept in an accessible and engaging way.

Entries are to take the form of a 1-3 minute film and must tell a real scientific story, which may be a scientific concept, discovery, invention, or the producer's own scientific hypothesis! Anything goes, but keep the science in the story, and keep the science real.

This competition is about scientific content and communication of that content, not production values i.e. judging criteria are not related to how much money is spent on production and editing. While good quality production is encouraged, this will not be a major consideration in judging entries. After all, the Sleek Geeks use simple slides and stand-up comedy (with excellent research and writing) to effectively communicate science to thousands of people each year.

Please read the Judges Hints & Tips before creating your entry.


First prize: $2,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney

Second Prize: $1,000

Prize money is divided equally between the winning students and their school. Book vouchers are shared equally by members of the winning team.

Plus: Representatives from the finalist teams will win a trip to Sydney for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner.


Communicating scientific ideas and discoveries to the world is a tricky task. Each year, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney) and Adam Spencer enlighten thousands of Australians with their knowledge and communication of science.

The idea is to communicate a scientific concept(s) in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public as a whole, while painlessly increasing their science knowledge or, as Dr Karl and Adam like to say, "Learn something without even noticing".


Judges will be examining entries against the following judging criteria:

1. Originality in the choice of the scientific concept(s)
For example, if everyone chooses to explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity, an entry that chooses Darwin's Theory of Evolution may score higher in this category in that no one else chose this topic.

2. Reality
No fake or loony science concepts please. We welcome innovative entries that may be explaining a new hypothesis or theory - but based on real science!

3. Quality of the science content
The purpose of the exercise is to explain a scientific concept(s) in an entertaining way - so there needs to be some real science content!

4. Originality of the communication method
For example, entries may incorporate music, acting, or multi-media applications in their entry to assist in telling the story.

5. Effectiveness of communication method
Were the communication methods effective? Could a person with no science knowledge understand the concept after watching the entry?

6. Audio-visual quality
Not everyone's audio-visual quality will be perfect. But the quality of the sound and picture needs to be good enough for judges to be able to see and hear the entry clearly enough to make a fair assessment. In past years, the quality of sound recording - especially of voices - has sometimes made judging difficult. If using music, remember not to drown out voices. Always check the audio-visual quality before sending in your entry.

7. Adherence to time limit

8. Flair
That special "X Factor"!

Judges will take into consideration the number of participant(s) involved in each entry to ensure that small teams and individuals are not disadvantaged.

The year and age of the entrants in each category will also be considered.

Judges may select a number of highly commended entries that will be formally acknowledged with a certificate of commendation and available for viewing on the ABC Science website.

Entrants are required to indicate the nature and extent of any assistance they receive (e.g. from teachers, parents, from outside the school) in making their entry on their entry form.

Teacher notes and lesson plans.


The prize is open to primary school students studying at schools in Australia and its territories (as defined by the Australian Government).

Entries may be submitted by an individual student or a team of no more than six (6) students. Class entries, comprising more than six (6) students are considered ineligible.

An individual can only enter once in any year, whether individually or in a group.

An entry should be no less than 1 minute (minimum) and no longer than 3 minutes (maximum) in length, including titles and credits.

Entries must be submitted in either DVD (PAL 720x576 25fps or better) format or DVD-ROM / CD-ROM format (High resolution QuickTime is preferred, but other popular formats will be accepted e.g. .mpeg, .wmv, .avi), listed in our preferred order, based on quality considerations. Note: Programs must be delivered in PAL format (not NTSC), and preferably in PC format. It will also help us if you record a minimum of 15 seconds of black before the start and after the end of your program. This 30 seconds is not included in your time limit.

Entrants must keep their original edited material (i.e. your Windows Media (.wmv, .avi ) or Mac Quicktime (.mov) format) and may be asked to provide this to the Museum if they become a finalist.

Copyright considerations are the responsibility of the entrant. All sources of information, including illustrations and music, should be clearly referenced, acknowledged and/or credited.

It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that the terms and conditions of any sponsorship or funding agreements entered into with a secondary party to produce the entry are met, and that full disclosure of such agreements is included as part of the supporting documentation for that entry.

You must submit an online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013 to be eligible for this prize. Completed entries must be received by the Australian Museum no later than 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2013. Entries delivered to the Australian Museum after this time will not be considered. Hard copy entries will not be considered until and unless an online entry form has been completed. Entries with incomplete sets of documentation will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned.

The activity entered/nominated for this prize may not be entered/nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year.

The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.

The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.

Information provided by the entrant(s) in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos and videos), may be used by the Australian Museum and/or the University of Sydney for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include, and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, advertisements, press releases etc. Entrants may also be asked to be involved in additional promotional activities.

Personal information provided to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes can be used by the Australian Museum and the University of Sydney, however such use will be only in connection with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries. If you experience issues in uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on 02 9320 6483 or before the close of entries. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes cannot modify or add to an entry (including Assessor reports) after the close of entries.

Failure to meet these Conditions of Entry will automatically disqualify an entry.


1. Complete the online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013. Make sure you print out a copy.

2. Prepare your hard copy entry by:
a. printing a copy of your online entry form as submitted
b. attaching it to a copy of your film in one of the approved formats

3. Submit your entry to:
Sleek Geeks Eureka Prize - Primary
Australian Museum
6 College Street

Please DO NOT bother with elaborate presentation when submitting the entry. This will be removed before material is sent to judges.

The entry must be received at the Australian Museum by 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2013. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

When you have successfully uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. If you do not receive this confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, please call the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on 02 9320 6483 or email

Kea Lambert , Project Officer, Eureka Prizes
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