Eureka Prizes

Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize – Secondary

The Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize - Secondary School is sponsored by the University of Sydney. 

                                         University of Sydney

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.


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.


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".


Judges will be examining entries against the following judging criteria:

Originality in the choice of the scientific concept(s)
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.

No fake or loony science concepts please. We welcome innovative entries that may be explaining a new hypothesis or theory  but based on real science!

Quality of the science content
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!

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

5. Effectiveness of communication method 
Were the communication methods effective? Could a person with no science knowledge understand the concept after watching the entry?

Audiovisual quality
Not all audiovisual quality will be perfect. However the quality of the sound and picture needs to be good enough for judges to be able to see and hear the entry well enough to 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.

Adherence to time limit
Entries should be between one and three minutes.

That special 'X Factor'!

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 may select a number of highly commended entries (in addition to the finalists) that will be formally acknowledged with a certificate of commendation and available for viewing on the ABC Science website and 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.

Teacher notes, lesson plans and judges tips and hints are available.


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, Dropbox or Google Drive or in hard copy through the mail.

Uploaded entries must be in QuickTime .mov format, .mpeg, .wmv or .avi format (listed in order of preference) and you will need to provide a link to download your entry at the time you submit your online entry form. (Please check that the link works before submitting your online form). You will need to have created a Vimeo, Dropbox or Google Drive account if uploading your video.

If using Vimeo, please make the video 'Private', set the password as "Eureka16" and enable 'Download the Video'. You can do this by going to Settings > Privacy > Who can watch this video: Only people with a Password, and Settings > Privacy > What can people do with this video: Download the video. Please provide a link to the video by copying and pasting the link into your online entry form.

If using Dropbox, please provide a link through the "Share link" function, copying and pasting the link into your online entry form.

If using Google Drive, please use the "get shareable link" function, copying and pasting the link into your online entry form. Please ensure that there is no expiration date set on the link you provide.

For entries submitted in hard copy through the mail, entries must be submitted on a USB flash drive in PAL (720x576 25fps or better) format. (High resolution QuickTime .mov is preferred, but other popular formats will be accepted e.g. .mpeg, .wmv, .avi.)

Entrants must keep their original edited material (i.e. Windows Media (.wmv, .avi ) or Mac Quicktime (.mov) format) and may be asked to provide this to the organisers if they become a finalist.

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.

Entry forms must be submitted online by 7pm AEST Friday 6 May 2016. Completed hard copy entries must be received by the Australian Museum no later than 5pm AEST Friday 13 May 2016. Entries delivered to the Australian Museum 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. Hard copy entries will not be considered until and unless an online entry form has been completed. Entries with incomplete sets of documentation will not be considered. Submitted material will not 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 6483 or 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.


Complete the online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 6 May 2016 and print a copy.

To successfully do this, you must provide the file link 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

1 Upload your entry to Vimeo, Dropbox or Google Drive and enter the file link in your online entry form. More information on this is provided in the conditions of entry. NOTE: You will need to have created an account with one of these tools to upload your entry. You must provide the link when you complete your online entry form.


2 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 – Secondary  
Australian Museum
1 William Street

Hard copy entries must be received by the Australian Museum by 5pm AEST Friday 13 May 2016. 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 uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. Receipt of hard copy entries will be confirmed by Friday 20 May 2015. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6483 or email