Students proved that STEM books are popular as ever with the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a competition to get students into reading. This year, Inspiring South Australia partnered with the challenge to bring a new category: The STEM Reading and Design Challenge.

Students of all ages were challenged to read a STEM book and complete a fun task depending on their age group. Students in Reception to Year 2 were challenged to draw a picture based on the STEM book, while students in Years 3 – 5 had to plan an invention. Students in Years 6 – 9 had to design a poster to inspire interest in STEM fields.

The STEM Reading and Design Challenge attracted over 600 entries from 18 primary schools. Amito Ongee from Lake Windemere B-7 School won in the Reception to Year 2 category. Amito read the book Transport Around the World: Boats & Ships by Chris Oxlade and drew the following picture based on the book.

Amito Ongee


Mikalya Mattner from Gawler & District College B-12 won the award in the Year 3 – 5 category. Mikayla designed a device to help teach people about animals, based on her reading of Great Aussie Inventions by Amy Hunter.

Mikalya Mattner

The final Year 6 – 9 category was awarded to Sharaiah Estmada from Lake Windemere B-7 School. Sharaiah designed an inspirational STEM poster after reading What goes on in my head? by Robert Winston.

Sharaiah Estimada

Additional prizes were awarded to runner-up students as well as a special prize to Murray Bridge North Primary School for submitting the most entries. Winners and runner-ups were awarded with book vouchers, Premier’s Reading Challenge merchandise and even tickets to see Brian Cox.

A big thank you to all of the students who participated as well as the teachers and parents for helping out. We can’t wait for next year’s challenge!

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