The University of Queensland’s Sunflower Competition is designed to inspire current science students to become the next generation of plant and agricultural scientists and support teachers to deliver their science curriculum in a plant-based context. The competition provides an interactive learning opportunity with school-based experiments and an optional day of workshops and awards at the UQ Gatton campus.
Registrations for the 2017 competition have now closed. If you would like to be notified when registrations open for the 2018 competition, please submit an expression of interest

Important Dates

  • Registrations close: Tuesday 7 February 2017
  • Planting date: Tuesday 28 February 2017
  • Submission date for Communicating Science entries: Monday 8 May 2017 (if you would like it displayed at the Weigh-in Day). Alternatively, the final date for submission is Tuesday 23 May 2017.
  • Weigh-in Day at UQ Gatton campus: Tuesday 16 May 2017


Rules of the Competition

Teachers and students can participate in a number of ways and be eligible to win cash prizes at the Weigh-in Day on the UQ Gatton campus.

You can:
1. Grow sunflowers at your school as part of the curriculum (with optional attendance at Weigh-in Day)
2. Enter the 'Communicating Science' component of the competition to compete for prizes (for students who cannot attend the Weigh-in Day)
3. Bring the sunflowers you have grown to the UQ Gatton campus to compete for prizes at the official Weigh-in Day.

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You will be provided with a booklet containing several experiments you can complete in your school. These include a few simple ‘beginner’ experiments aimed at grades 7-8 and some suggestions on how to make the existing experiments more ‘advanced’, targeting grade 11-12 students. Each experiment includes contextual information about how the experiment relates to the real world and the concepts covered. 

In addition to growing sunflowers for the competition, you may want to design your own sunflower-based experiment. Sunflowers are a good choice for experiments as they are easy to germinate, grow and maintain.

Download the experiment booklet  

Communicating Science Competition

We are again inviting students in grade 7 – 10 to submit an entry along with a report to document their experiences and the science behind growing their sunflowers. This allows those students who cannot attend and participate in the Weigh-in Day the opportunity to also compete for prizes. Submissions are due Monday 8 May 2017 (if you would like them displayed at the Weigh-in Day). Alternatively, the final date for submission is Tuesday 23 May 2017.

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With the students’ permission, winning entries will be submitted to the Queensland Science Contest




UQ Sunflower Competition section

2017 UQ Sunflower Competition Experiment Booklet

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Sunflower Competition Rules

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UQ Sunflower Competition - Communicating Science category

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Weigh-In Day Itinerary 2016

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