For the second year in a row the top prize in the Young Scientist Awards has been taken out by a Regional Year 10 female. Macinley Butson, from The Illawarra Grammar School won the 2016 Sebel Young Scientist of the Year Award. As well as the $2,000 top prize and $1,550 she received in other cash prizes, Macinley won an all-expenses paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in Los Angeles in May 2017.
Macinley (second student from left) will be joined in Los Angeles by Jade Moxey, Sapphire Coast Anglican School; Mary-Anne Poyitt, Redeemer Baptist School and Maddison King from Meriden School. Maddison is the first HSC Design and Technology student to be representing Australia at ISEF. The four ISEF finalists were presented their awards by Gary Macarthur (far left) and Trevor Vyner (far right) who are the outgoing CEO and incoming CEO of our Principal Sponsor, Sebel Furniture.
In a competition that has previously been dominated by boys until girls took a slight lead last year, a massive 66% of the 129 individual awards were won by girls. Less than 12 months ago the Australian Government launched a major campaign to encourage more women and girls to study STEM at school and university. With a 2 to 1 ratio of girls to boys, something is definitely happening!
For a full set of results and summaries of every winning project go to our 2016 Presentation Ceremony Record and make sure you have a look at our 2016 ISEF Trip video to see what the girls will be experiencing in Los Angeles next year.