New Log of Evidence Template Requirement

Your log of evidence must be presented as a slideshow using the SFI Curious Minds Log of Evidence Template this year. These templates are available to download below:

Silver Award log of evidence template (English) (Irish)

Gold Award log of evidence template (English) (Irish)

Platinum Award log of evidence template (English) (Irish)

2023/24 Deadlines

Platinum Award Sign-Up Deadline: 5pm Friday 20 October 2023 (or before if capacity is reached)

Submission of pre-Platinum application form: 5pm Friday 27 October 2023

Submission of all Award applications: 5pm Friday 19 April 2024

Register your school

To apply for a Curious Minds Award, you'll first need to register your school with us. If you haven't already done so, register now.

Our Platinum Award (development project) is limited to 30 schools this year, so please apply early if your school is interested in submitting for this level.



Submit your entry

Once you've registered, you will receive a confirmation email with your SESAME system login details. You will use SESAME to submit your Curious Minds Awards entry.

When you log in to SESAME, you can choose to apply for either a Silver, Gold or Platinum level award.

Go to Application form

A school can only apply for one level of Award in a year.

How to use SESAME

We only accept applications via SESAME. We cannot accept email applications, nor hard copy applications or applications saved to a USB, CD, or DVD.

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This video guides you through the process of completing your application for the SFI Curious Minds Award using the online application system SESAME.

Log of Evidence

When you apply, you'll be asked to supply a log of evidence. This is proof of the STEM work you've outlined in your application.

Your log must show proof of learners engaging in STEM. Teacher accounts and lesson plans are not enough.

How to create a log of evidence

Download the relevant Curious Minds Awards Log of Evidence Template (listed on the top of this page) for your chosen Award level. Schools can use PowerPoint or Google Slides to edit the template slides.

The Curious Minds Awards Template should is be divided into the following sections:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • STEM Show and Tell

Each section should show the evidence you're providing for each activity. Please label these clearly so the judging panel can match each piece of evidence to each activity.

You can choose to add any of the following media to the slideshow template as evidence that learners have engaged in STEM:

  • photos
  • videos
  • written student accounts
  • student quotes

The finalised slideshow should be saved as a PDF or PowerPoint and uploaded to the online application platform SESAME. Blogs or school websites etc will not be accepted as evidence this year, however screen grabs and links of these can be added to the template.

Platinum Award applications

If you're applying for a Platinum Award, you will need to include evidence of improvement as a result of your work.

You can submit this as a slideshow. Your slideshow might include written reflections, quotes, photos and videos.