October 22, 2019

The 2019 South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) Competition was a great success with 1000 student entries from across the state.

Partnering with Inspiring South Australia, the Premier’s Reading Challenge encouraged students to read at least one book from the following categories: STEM, Science, Science Fiction or Nature, and submit a creative design and/or invention. Category winners and runners up for the Reception to year 2, years 3 to 5 and years 6 to 9 demonstrated their passion for STEM and reading and in return, received a range of prizes including family passes generously donated by the Zoos SA

Congratulations to all participants who each received a certificate of completion.

Also, well done to Westminster School for most entries – earning a copy of Wildlife of Greater Adelaide by James I.D. Smith.

Check out all the winners and runner-up entries below!

Category Yr R-2 Draw a Picture Category


Miley Johnson, year 1 Woodend Primary School, for her drawing inspired by the KM Toft book, The world that we want.

R-2 winner Miley Johnson Woodend PS


Ray Vidanapathirana, Year 1, Magill Primary School

R-2 RU Ray Vidanapathirana Magill PS


Zen Kume, Year 1, Bellevue Heights Primary School

R-2 RU Zen Kume Bellevue Heights PS

Category Yr 3-5 Plan an Invention Category


Naite Johnson, year 5 Westminster student, for his ‘single lady carry bag’ invention inspired by the Greg Pyers book, Seahorse.

3-5 winner Naite Johnson Westminster School


Jessica Nation & Ellyse Myers, Year 5, Woodend Primary School

3-5 RU Jessica Nation & Ellyse Myers Woodend PS


Category Yr 6-9 Design a Poster Category


Ollie Mattinson, year 6  Westminster student, for his STEM poster design that captured the content of How to Bee written by Ben Macdribble

6-9 winner Ollie Mattison Westminster School


Jeremy Shepherd, Year 6, Westminster School

6-9 RU Jeremy Shepherd Westminster School


Imogen Codey & Briar Higgins, Year 7, Woodend Primary School

6-9 RU Imogen Codey & Briar Higgins Woodend PS

Recent Articles

National Youth Science Forum

Applications for the NYSF 2021 Year 12 Program have now opened! This 10-day science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) residential camp will provide year 12 students with an immersive, hands-on experience in various STEM subjects. Head to www.nysf.edu.au to find out more.

Little Bang Discovery Club Online

Lots of South Australian libraries are currently offering our Little Bang Discovery Club, an early-childhood science program for 3-5 years olds, online!

Bush Blitz Species Discovery – in your Backyard!

With expeditions on hold due to COVID-19, the Bush Blitz team has organised a virtual expedition to continue adding to our knowledge of Australian biodiversity while keeping everyone busy at home.