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Little Scientists Early STEM Award 2020

The biennial Little Scientists Early STEM Award recognises and celebrates early childhood services that have successfully implemented inquiry-based learning and child-led STEM exploration. The award is open to all Australian early childhood services who wish to showcase their inquiry-based STEM projects.

This year’s award theme, Quirky Curious Futures, encourages participants to let their imaginations fly, play with quirky ideas and let children’s curiosity run wild, encouraging them to create their own visions of the future. Imagine what transport and cities could look like, imagine life on a different planet or invent useful gadgets.

How to enter

  1. Simply complete the Expression of interest form on this page to receive the Award entry form.
  2. Complete the entry form, selecting one project to showcase your implementation of inquiry-based STEM. Include the children’s ideas, investigations, discoveries and approach in your entry form.
  3. Send your completed entry to, along with your supporting photos and documentation.

Entry criteria

Once all entries are received, they will be assessed by a jury panel of early childhood and STEM professionals. Each entry will be assessed and measured against the following categories:


STEM content

Project scope

Child-led focus



Of course, there will be great prizes to be won! The Little Scientists Early STEM Award has the following prize categories: 1 National winner and 8 State and Territory winners.

We will celebrate each winning service’s achievement with an award ceremony, attended by a Little Scientists representative who will present the prize package.

So, what can you win? Here’s a sneak peek of some of the fabulous prizes provided by our sponsors.

National Winner prize package

State / Territory Winner prize package

Why should you enter?

We could give a million reasons why you should enter the Little Scientists Early STEM Award, but here our top five:

You are a STEM rockstar! Let us recognise you for the amazing work you do in your service.

The children in your service love imagining their Quirky Curious Futures – and we want to know all about it!

Prize packages worth over $1500 to be won!

Become a STEM leader and have the opportunity to take home the top prize for your state/territory.

Have the chance for your project to be featured on our website and/or in a future edition of our Early STEM Project Book.

Entries are now closed

We’re excited to start reading through the entries and to learn about the amazing STEM projects happening in early-childhood services around Australia. Thank you for participating and good luck!

Winners will be announced mid-October 2020. Dates for award celebrations to be confirmed.


Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the Little Scientists Early STEM Award.

Travel sponsor

Air Exchange - Applied Cooling Specialists

Prize sponsors

Story Park
Dyson logo
Mud kitchen logo
MTA modern teaching aids
Talu Tales
Pedagogy plus - The art of teaching

Frequently asked questions

I already submitted my entry form before the award was postponed. Do i need to resubmit it?

If you have already submitted your final award entry, you do not have to resubmit it.

Do I need to complete a Little Scientists workshop before entering?

The Little Scientists Early STEM Award is open to all early childhood services. It is not a requirement of entry to have already participated in the Little Scientists program. We do, however, encourage our existing Little Scientists workshop participants to apply.

You can book a Little Scientists workshop via our booking calendar.

Does it have to be a brand-new project?

The project that your service decides to showcase can be one your service has already completed or one you are currently working on.

Quirky Curious Futures – What does the award theme mean?

The theme Quirky Curious Futures has been chosen to encourage participants to let their imaginations fly, play with quirky ideas and let children’s curiosity run wild, encouraging them to create their own visions of the future. The sky (or the depth of the ocean) is the limit.

If you need help to spark an idea for a Quirky Curious Futures project, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals would be a great place to start. We believe that these goals provide a global blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for our children and our planet.

How will the winners be selected?

Entries will be assessed and judged by a jury panel of early childhood and STEM professionals. Each entry will be measured against the following criteria:

  1. STEM content
  2. Originality
  3. Child-led focus
  4. Inquiry-based focus
  5. Project scope. Including but not limited to project length, participation, additional extensions, external partners and resources

I have entered or been an award winner in 2018. Can I enter the 2020 Little Scientists Early STEM Award again?

Yes, absolutely! All services that won in 2018 are eligible to enter in this year’s award. However, a project cannot be entered twice. We know that you have all run amazing projects in the past two years or are currently engaged in wonderful projects. So please surprise us with a new Quirky Curious Future project!

I am having trouble filling out the from. What can I do?

If you are having issues accessing or submitting your entry form, please contact us by phone on 02 8080 0065 or send us an email to We are here to help!

Terms and conditions

  1. Entries must be submitted by Monday, 31 August 2020.
  2. Each service is only eligible to submit one entry form.
  3. Entries will only be reviewed if the application form is complete.
  4. The Little Scientists Early STEM Award (the award) is open to all Australian early childhood services and only employees of early childhood services can apply (entries from members of the community are not accepted/eligible).
  5. Little Scientists reserves the right not to award a prize if the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious by Little Scientists’ standards.
  6. Entries will be reviewed only if they are submitted by email and in the format detailed in the application form.
  7. Prize winners of the award will be notified via email or phone and may be announced on the Little Scientists website and/or social media platforms.
  8. Information provided by the entrant in relation to the Little Scientists Award may be used by Little Scientists for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, advertisements and press releases.
  9. Prizes are not redeemable for cash, credit or product.
  10. All entries become the property of Little Scientists Australia. As such, Little Scientists is the owner of all copyright and other intellectual property in the winning entries.
  11. To withdraw an application, written notification is required via email to at any time with immediate effect.
  12. If Little Scientists is not capable of running the award as planned, it is at Little Scientists’ discretion to cancel or postpone the event.

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