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Nutrition Science Competition On Now!

To celebrate the United Nations declared International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Nutrition is hosting scienceXart: food for thought, an art competition for primary school students. The 2021 challenge is supported by Dietitians Australia, the leading voice of nutrition in Australia. Dietitians Australia represents more than 7500 nutrition and dietetic professionals all striving to build healthier communities.

The competition aims to engage students with the nutritional sciences and highlight the inherent creativity of nutrition science. Competition entries are open from 1 – 31 August 2021.

An opportunity for student exploration and engagement

Sink your teeth into the exciting opportunity for primary school students to explore and engage with the creativity of nutrition science. Put some thought into your food and win an awesome prize! Home Educated students are encouraged to participate and are elgible to win the same prizes as school students.

The Academy will be sharing inspiration for entries via social media and this website, so keep an eye out for the plates that we are creating too!

Developed in consultation with leading Australian nutritional scientists, including from the Academy’s National Committee for Nutrition, and tailored to align with the Australian Curriculum under expert guidance from the Academy’s education team, the competition is ideal for learning at home or as part of an in-class project. Check out the Australian Curriculum links and activity ideas.

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Competition information

The competition theme is ‘Food for thought’. Get creative and have fun thinking about the food choices you make.

Aim: To encourage students to explore how the food we eat helps us to live our lives.

Brief: Design a plate of food, snap a photograph, and in 100 words or less provide a description of the nutritional science and story behind the plate

Medium: A photo of a plate featuring real food, drawings, or craft supplies.

Prizes: Entries will be judged on creativity, nutritional insight, and demonstration of impact through image and description. Read the marking guide for entries.

First prize in each category will receive a prize pack for their class. Certificates for highly commended entries are also available.

There are four categories.


Year 1 to Year 2

Year 3 to Year 4

Year 5 to Year 6

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