Investigate Science and Technology Competition

What is Investigate?

The Investigate Science and Technology Competition is an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries School Program. By participating in the Investigate competition students will understand the role that science plays in their everyday lives. Real-world content guides the application of these skills in a meaningful learning context that delivers cross-curriculum outcomes.


Resources provided support teachers through a series of learning experiences and activities. This includes an Inquiry unit of work; cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities; and research material. You choose to use some or all of the activities to develop a teaching and learning program suited to your local needs and situation.


  • The competition is open to all NSW Stage 3 students and teachers. Entry is free and all entries are recognised with a certificate of participation.

  • The top four projects will also receive a cash prize.

  • 1st prize - $1,000, 2nd prize - $750, 3rd prize - $500 and Highly Commended $250.

2019 competition - soils

Investigate: soils 2019 has closed.

If you would like to use the resource book for a class investigation it is available here...

2017 competition - aphids

Coogee Public School- 1st Aphids

Units of work from past competitions

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Investigate RWA2017 kids.jpg
Investigate Fireants kids.jpg

Past award recipients 

2018 award winners and work samples
2016 competition - fire ants