The 2021 University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize will be awarded for a short (2-minute) film that communicates a scientific concept in an accessible and engaging way.

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.

This film competition encourages school students to communicate a scientific concept in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge or, as Dr Karl and Adam like to say, "Learn something without even noticing". It is intended to support budding young scientists across the nation, who will be our future leaders in research, discovery and communication.


2021 Assessment criteria

Judges will assess each entry and make their selection based on the following five questions:

Science Communication

  • Did the film follow a clear and logical sequence, that was not rushed?
  • Did the film use relevant examples, demonstrations and/or visuals?
  • Did the film present accurate science and use appropriate language?

Entertainment

  • Did the film show that the entrant/s is passionate about their chosen topic?
  • Did the film include creative approaches?

While sound and image quality need to be good enough for judges to assess your entry, production quality will not be a major consideration in assessing entries. The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is about scientific content and communication of that content, not production values and investment.

Judges will take into consideration the school year and age of the participants involved in each entry.

Entrants must also provide a brief statement on:

  • the nature and extent of any assistance they receive from teachers, parents/guardians etc. (200 words maximum)
  • what their film is about and how it links to the 2021 theme of 'big' (200 words maximum)
  • where they found the scientific information included in the short film. This does not need to be a formal bibliography but should be a list of what sources the entrants used e.g. books, documentaries, conversations with science teacher/s, scientific publications, YouTube videos etc. (200 words maximum)


Prize specific conditions of entry

Films must be based on the 2021 theme, ‘big’.

Films must be 2-minutes in duration and no longer.

Judges will make their selection based on the Assessment Criteria listed above.

Films must focus on a scientific concept, discovery, invention or your own scientific hypothesis – anything goes, but keep the science in the story, and keep the science real!

Entry is free and open to all primary and 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. Entries comprising more than six students are ineligible. If an entry was created by more than one person, it should be entered in the appropriate category for the oldest member of the group.

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

Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Non-English audio (or important on-screen text) must have English subtitles.

Films should be submitted in .mp4 format. A display resolution of 1280 x 720 will be accepted but 1920 x 1080 is preferred (aspect ratio of 16:9).

Entrants must ensure that all content in their film is their own. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to secure permission from any third party owners of content included in their film, including footage, music and images. The AM takes no responsibility for any failure by an entrant to obtain the necessary permissions. Films found to contain unauthorised content will be disqualified. For more information on copyright, click here.

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. The parent/guardian of the entrant must read and consent to be bound to these Terms & Conditions on behalf of the entrant.

Films must be independently financed and produced primarily by the individual entrant/s. Entrants are required to indicate on the entry form the nature and extent of any assistance they receive from teachers, parents/guardians, etc.

By submitting your entry, you give the AM a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable licence to use and reproduce your entry in whole or in part for the purposes of the Eureka Prizes or the purposes of the AM more generally.

All entries must be submitted online by the Entry Deadline. If you experience issues in uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes via phone (02) 9320 6230 or email eureka@austmus.gov.au before the Entry Deadline. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes administrators cannot modify or add to an entry after the Entry Deadline.

In addition to the prize specific conditions of entry all entrants need to comply with the General Terms and Conditions of Entry.


Prizes to be won

Primary school

  • First place: $2,000
  • Second place: $1,250
  • Third place: $750

Secondary school

  • First place: $3,000
  • Second place: $2,000
  • Third place: $1,000

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

Additional non-cash prizes to be announced in 2021.


Helpful resources and more information

Additional resources, including a list of frequently asked questions, are available here.


Entrants are able to commence working on their films. Entry deadline will be announced early 2021. Please email eureka@australian.museum with any questions.