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.

2020 competition information

Thank you to all the teachers who contributed to the review of our Investigate program last year. You told us that you love the resources but that completing a submission in term 1 can be difficult. In 2020 we are making some significant changes to the competition side of the program. The changes include: 

  • you will have more time to complete the unit of work with submissions closing in term 3,

  • you can choose to complete any of the Investigate units of work published here or the new unit due for release in 2020, 

  • the competition entry will be based on student's understanding of how the Investigation your class completes could contribute to sustainable food and fibre production and ultimately global food security.

We will provide more details about Investigate 2020 - including what submissions will look like, prizes and how it will be judged as soon as we can.

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