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.
The deadline for submission of your SFI Curious Minds Applications is 5pm on 21 April 2023.
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.
A school can only apply for one level of Award in a year.
Our Platinum Award is limited to 50 schools, so please apply early if your school is interested in submitting for this level.
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.
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
How you present your log of evidence is up to you. It can take the form of a PowerPoint presentation, Word document, PDF, school blog or website.
Your log should be divided into the following sections:
- 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 might choose to include any of the following media as evidence that learners have engaged in STEM:
- written student accounts
- student quotes
Please make sure any links in your log are publicly accessible.
We've created a template that you're welcome to use to start your very own log of evidence.
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.