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This years competition

2024 Theme

Wet & Wild Suburban Superstars

Our backyards and suburbs are host to many species that thrive close to human settlements. They grow in our gardens, find food, make homes and use our buildings for shelter. Our parks and gardens are habitat for a range of species.   We live alongside them but how much do we really know about them?

Our clues will take you on a journey to backyards and urban places in Australia. Your students will find out about the plants and animals that live there with us. 

If you can give the scientific names your team can be named Scientific Super Stars!!

Clues 2024

Week 1 clues  

Week 2 clues Scientific Super Stars need the correct scientific name. Good Luck! 

Week 3 clues A little help. Please put your clue numbers in chronological order to speed up marking.

Week 4 clues Good luck with the final challenge



Use the proforma to return your answers. 

Email back to by 1pm on Friday each week.

Please help:

We ask for your help to speed up marking. We are teachers too and mark over the weekend.

1. Have your clues in by the deadline, 1pm each Friday.

2. Please put the clues in numerical order on the answer sheet.

The easier you make it on the markers the quicker the scores and answers will be posted. Thank you


Total each week of 40 marks.

4 marks for a correct animal or plant common name.

If that is correct, then 1 mark for each correct clue. 

The species has to be correct for the clues to be marked. Each clue can only be used once.

A team may get a species correct but not all the clues (4 marks for the species and then up to 6 marks for the correct clues).

Scientific Super Stars

This years focus is on the order of the food chain.

Identify all the organisms correctly and get the order right and your team can be on the Scientific Super Stars list.

To add to the challenge you can submit the scientific name as proof that you have done your research, just like a scientist. 

To get their name on the Scientific Super Star list on the website but no extra marks, the team needs to:-

* submit the correct names and clues, 

* correct order of the food chain and

*Optional - some or all of the correct scientific names.

HOWEVER there is a risk; if a team have a correct common name but use the incorrect scientific name eg. for an overseas species or one that lives in a different location, the team get no points as it is the incorrect species.

Teams that get the common names and clues all correct are listed on the website also.

We have set it that way so teachers can choose which degree of difficulty their students may wish to compete at.


The correct answers for each session will be published here on completion of marking.

Week 1 Answers

Week 2 Answers

Week 3 Answers

Week 4 Answers


Team progressive scores

If your team does not have a score beside your name we have not received your entry (or oops we have made a mistake). Please send us an email to check.

Week 1  Score table 

40 point Scientific Super Stars this week.


40 points - All correct.



2023 Overall Winners

Bundanoon PS                   Bull Sharks

Ettalong PS                         6H

Matthew Pearce PS          6S/5L Team 1

Richmond North PS          6W

Samuel Gilbert PS             5 SL