On top of the world!

We have just taken out the top school STEM prize in the world, and NSW students have returned from Pittsburgh, USA with $194,200 in prizes.

In 2018 our program will award over 150 prizes for Maths, Science and Technology projects totalling over $75,000. Check out our new Year 11 & 12 age category with $2,700 in prizes for Depth Studies. We also have over $26,000 in prizes including an all-expenses-paid trip to the USA for 2 student projects and 1 teacher specifically for rural schools.

So whether you are from Bourke, Balranald, Boggabilla, Eden or Murwillumbah … we are encouraging you to get involved!

Intel ISEF 2018 – Results!

Dear Young Scientist supporters,

We have just returned from Pittsburgh with the team having achieved outstanding success at Intel ISEF 2018.

Jade Moxey and Macinley Butson from Bega and Illawarra respectively, won Special Awards from the Qatar Foundation and a scholarship worth USD $20,000  from the King Abdul-Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity. They also won a 3rd place Grand Award in the Environmental Engineering category.

Oliver Nicholls from Barker College won two 2nd prize Special Awards sponsored by IEEE & NASA and an Honourable Mention from INCOSE. He then went on to win a 1st place Grand Award in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines category. His project was also judged Best of Category. This is something that no other Australian student has ever achieved in our 20 years of representation at ISEF.

As a grand finale to an incredible week, Oliver was then awarded the Gordon E. Moore Award – the USD $75,000 top award at ISEF!

The Gordon E. Moore Award recognises the Best of the Best among the outstanding students from around the world who participate in the Intel ISEF. The winning project is selected on the basis of outstanding and innovative research, as well as on the potential impact of the work — in the field and on the world at large.

Australia fielded two teams at Intel ISEF. Oliver, Jade and Macinley were members of the STANSW Young Scientist team.

Angelina Arora (Sydney Girls High School) and Caitlin Roberts from the national BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Team also won 4th place and 3rd place Grand Awards in the Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering categories respectively.

All of the students were excellent ambassadors for science, NSW and Australia and we could not be prouder of them.

 

ISEF 2018 – Day 4 Opening Ceremony

After getting all their projects signed off and ready for judging, the finalists enjoyed the Opening Ceremony dinner and performance by DJ Ravi. This was followed by truly inspirational speeches by The Society for Science and Public director Maya Ajmera and the keynote by Australian scientist Genevieve Bell. She had a special shout out to the Australian contingent which was very much appreciated by all the students.

ISEF 2018 – Day 1

The STANSW Young Scientist ISEF 2018 team enjoyed visiting the Amish County today. It was a fascinating insight into a unique culture and way of life.

The team has left for Pittsburgh!

Looking sharp at Sydney Airport in our new Sebel T-shirts!

Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Felisha and Elena Kaiser – Rain vs. Bore: Do the best results come out of the blue or the red?

With two sources of water available on Elena and Felisha’s property—rain and bore—they wanted to determine which of these water types was the best for growing vegetables. Using different technologies, the mineral content of each water type was determined and radishes and lettuces were grown using each water type. Their preliminary results showed that rainwater was certainly the best for growing garden plants.

Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – ​Felisha​ ​and Elena Kaiser – Danthonia, NSW Rain​ ​vs.​ ​Bore​: Do​ ​the​ ​best​ ​results​ ​come​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​blue​ ​or​ ​the​ ​red? With two sources of water available on Elena and Felisha’s property—rain and bore—they wanted to determine which of these water types was the best for growing vegetables. Using different technologies, the mineral content of each water type was determined and radishes and lettuces were grown using each water type. Their preliminary results showed that rainwater was certainly the best for growing garden plants. #ISEFAUSNSW #intelisef2018 #stansw #youngscientist #NESA #Edchat #STEM #science #teachers #education #sebelfurniture #bhpbilliton #csiro

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Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Oliver Nicholls – Autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings

Oliver’s project focus was to develop an autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings. He successfully researched, designed and developed a small autonomous window cleaning robot prototype that can effectively clean and dry high-rise windows whilst manoeuvring around architectural obstacles. The drone design is also able to operate in most weather conditions by sensing crosswind and compensating accordingly. The system incorporates a variety of electronic inputs and outputs for sensing, washing, drying, moving, flying, sensing and compensating for the wind.

Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Oliver Nicholls, Barker College Autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings Oliver’s project focus was to develop an autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings. He successfully researched, designed and developed a small autonomous window cleaning robot prototype that can effectively clean and dry high-rise windows whilst manoeuvring around architectural obstacles. The drone design is also able to operate in most weather conditions by sensing crosswind and compensating accordingly. The system incorporates a variety of electronic inputs and outputs for sensing, washing, drying, moving, flying, sensing and compensating for the wind. #ISEFAUSNSW #intelisef2018 #stansw #youngscientist #NESA #Edchat #STEM #science #education #sebelfurniture #teachers #bhpbilliton #csiro

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Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Minh Nga Nguyen – Recycling waste into biochar: a sustainable wastewater filter and fertiliser for the agricultural industry

Nga investigated the use of biochar to filter agricultural wastewater as well its suitability as a soil fertiliser. She developed two bamboo-based biochar filter systems that proved very efficient at adsorbing nutrients such as ammonia, nitrates, nitrites and phosphates. The used biochar was also shown to be effective as a fertiliser leading to increased plant health when tested, demonstrating real potential for biochar to be used in the animal husbandry industry.

Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Minh Nga Nguyen, Sydney Girls High School Recycling waste into biochar: a sustainable wastewater filter and fertiliser for the agricultural industry Nga investigated the use of biochar to filter agricultural wastewater as well its suitability as a soil fertiliser. She developed two bamboo-based biochar filter systems that proved very efficient at adsorbing nutrients such as ammonia, nitrates, nitrites and phosphates. The used biochar was also shown to be effective as a fertiliser leading to increased plant health when tested, demonstrating real potential for biochar to be used in the animal husbandry. #isefausnsw #INTELISEF #intelisef2018 #stansw #youngscientist #NESA #Edchat #STEM #science #education #sebelfurniture #teachers #bhpbilliton #csiro

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Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Jade Moxey and Macinley Butson – The SAS System (Sanitation and Sterilisation)

Macinley and Jade’s aim was to develop a self-sustaining sanitation and sterilising device to produce potable and medical grade sterile water for developing countries and for emergency relief. Their project, The SAS System (Sanitation and Sterilization System), is a self-sustaining, portable unit consisting of 3 integrated systems, to provide both clean drinking water and sterile water for medical use, for developing communities and emergency relief.

Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Macinley Butson – The Illawarra Grammar School and Jade Moxey – Sapphire Coast Anglican College The SAS System (Sanitation & Sterilization) Macinley and Jade’s aim was to develop a self-sustaining sanitation and sterilising device to produce potable and medical grade sterile water for developing countries and for emergency relief. Their project, The SAS System (Sanitation and Sterilization System), is a self-sustaining, portable unit consisting of 3 integrated systems, to provide both clean drinking water and sterile water for medical use, for developing communities and emergency relief. #ISEFAUSNSW #intelisef2018 #stansw #youngscientist #NESA #STEM #edchst #teachers #education #science #sebelfurniture #bhpbilliton #csiro

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