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.


Prize

First prize: $4,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey's Bookshop, Sydney

Second Prize: $2,000

Third Prize: $1,000

Prize money is divided equally between the winning students and their school, with the school to receive 50% of the prize money. 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.


Purpose

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 (Mathematics and Science Ambassador for the University of Sydney) enlighten thousands of Australians with their knowledge and communication of science.

The University of Sydney is committed to offering challenging and exciting science-based activities to school students. The University is dedicated to supporting budding young scientists, who will be our future leaders in research, discovery and communication.

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".


Judging criteria

Judges will be examining entries against the following judging criteria and marking weights:


  1. Originality in the choice of the scientific concept(s) [25%]

    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. Originality of the communication method [25%]

    For example, entries may incorporate music, acting or multi-media applications to assist in telling the story.

  3. Effectiveness of the communication method [25%]

    Were the communication methods effective? Could a person with no science knowledge understand the concept after watching the entry?

  4. Quality of the science content [20%]

    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!

  5. Audiovisual quality [5%]

    The quality of the sound and image needs to be good enough for judges to be able to hear and see the entry and 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 audiovisual quality before sending in your entry.

Other things to note:

  • Judges will take into consideration the number of participants 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 will select a number of highly commended entries (in addition to the finalists) that will be formally acknowledged with a certificate of commendation and published on the Australian Museum YouTube channel.
  • Entrants are required to indicate the nature and extent of any assistance they receive from teachers, parents, etc. on their entry form.

Additional resources, including a list of frequently asked questions, are available on the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes website.


Conditions of entry

The prize is open to secondary school students studying at schools in Australia and its territories (as defined by the Australian Government). Students that are educated at home in accordance with the relevant state or territory legislation are also eligible to enter.

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

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

An entry should be no less than one minute (minimum) and no longer than three minutes (maximum) in length, including titles and credits. Judges will only consider the first three minutes of an entry that exceeds the time limit.

Please record a minimum of 5 seconds of black before the start and after the end of your program. These 10 seconds are not included in your time limit.

Entries can either be submitted via upload to Vimeo or in hard copy through the mail. High resolution MP4 is preferred.

For uploaded entries, you must use Vimeo and provide a link at the time you submit your online entry form. It is your responsibility to ensure that the link works before submitting your online form. For entries submitted in hard copy format through the mail, entries must be submitted on a USB flash drive in PAL (720x576 25fps or better) format. More information is available in the ‘How to Enter’ section, below.

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.

Entrants aged under 18 years of age may only enter the University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize with the consent of a parent/guardian.

Entry forms must be submitted online by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019. At the time of filling out the entry form the student will have the option to include a link to their entry on Vimeo or select that they will post in a hard copy.

Hard copy entries must be received by the Australian Museum no later than 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2019. Entries delivered to the Australian Museum after this time will not be considered. Hard copy entries will not be considered unless an online entry form has been completed by the deadline of 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019. Entries with incomplete sets of documentation will not be considered. Unfortunately submitted material cannot 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 films), 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. and given to the media. 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 only be 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 6230 or eureka@austmus.gov.au before the close of entries. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes cannot modify or add to an entry after the close of entries.

Failure to meet all conditions of entry will automatically disqualify an entry.


How to enter

Complete the online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019 and print a copy.

To successfully do this, you must provide the file link to your video entry when you complete your online entry or indicate that you will be sending a hard copy entry by post. Options for submitting your video are further explained below.

Submitting your video

Uploaded entry You will need to create an account with Vimeo and provide a link to the uploaded file in your online entry form, which can be obtained by clicking on Edit Settings, followed by Share. Please set your video to 'Private', using the password "Eureka19".

If you have a premium account, select People can download this video; if you do not have a premium account and your short film is highly commended or you are selected as a finalist, we will reach out to you to arrange a downloadable copy.

OR

Hard copy entry Prepare your hard copy entry by attaching the printed entry form to the film in one of the approved formats and submit the entry to:

Sleek Geeks Eureka Prize – Primary
Australian Museum
1 William Street
SYDNEY NSW 2010

Hard copy entries must be received by the Australian Museum by 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2019. Entries received after this time will not be considered. We recommend that you use a trackable mail system (such as Express Post, registered mail or a courier) as proof of send date.

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

When you have successfully completed your entry, you will receive confirmation via email. Receipt of hard copy entries will be confirmed by Friday 17 May 2019. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 or email eureka@austmus.gov.au.