Students were welcomed back to Marist Regional College for Term 2 on Monday, 25 May (Seniors) and Monday, 1 June (Years 7–10). Classes have resumed in normal ‘on-campus’ mode, and many STEM opportunities are being promoted, but the entry formats for these are being adjusted to meet the restrictions on social gatherings, due to COVID19. 

Summary of STEM Opportunities: 

  • Tasmanian Science Talent Search (TSTS) will take place with (new) due dates, as given below 
  • UTAS Science/Engineering Investigation Awards (SEIA) is cancelled for this year 
  • BIG NEWS – MRC will host a DIGITAL STEM FAIR in National Science Week (15–23 August) to replace our Middle Years’ Science Fair.  

Students are required to do a science investigation or engineering design, write a report with photos of the steps undertaken, convert the report to pdf and email it to Ms Burke by 15 August. A judging panel will select winners over the week (15–23 August) and prizes will be allocated to top entries. Digital STEM Fair entrants will be advised to enter the TSTS with their projects later in September. 

Breaking News from Tasmanian Science Talent Search……… 

Due to the delay in students returning to school for Term 2, the application window for the TSTS has been extended until the 3 July for Themed Sections and until the 25 September for STEM Challenge and Open Sections. 

Note: A prize pool of over $15,000 is on offer and state winners’ presentations will be in early December 2020. 

Details on TSTS and an information booklet can be found at: 

Round 1 TSTS Entries – Due Wednesday 3 July 2020 @5pm (ages – generally): prep – senior secondary) 

                    Picture Story Books                           Videos 

                    Creative Writing                                Scientific Essays 

                    Posters                                                STEM Challenge 

                    Photographic Essays 

Round 2 TSTS Entries – Due Thursday 25 Sept 2020 @5pm (ages – generally): prep – senior secondary) 

                   Research Investigations                  Invention/Engineering 

                   Natural Sciences Project 


 For further details on the MRC Digital STEM FAIR:  

  • See your science teacher,  
  • Read the notice boards in your learning area, 
  • See the STEM MEL page, or  
  • Send an email to the STEM Coordinator, Ms Burke (