2018 Winning Projects

We are most thankful for these students who have given their consent for their projects to be accessible for anyone to view. As prizewinners, these projects are exemplars for what a good project looks like. The majority of these projects satisfied the Level 5 criteria on their respective Judging Rubrics, which was the top level obtainable in 2018. Please return back soon when we have uploaded these projects (look for links in document below) to the website. 

For teachers, parents and students new to science projects, this is the best resource you will ever find. There is no set formula for setting out a project, however, following the order of one or two of these projects is the best way to start.

Finally, don’t be overawed by the standard of some of these projects. Most of these students started their projects with a similar feeling, however, as they got going and started meeting the different criteria one by one, they then quickly realized that any student is capable of producing a top level project.

SECTION 1 – CATEGORY PRIZES
Category: MANSW Working Mathematically Awards
Years K-2 Equal 1st Tiffany Kouhis PLC Sydney A Six Year Old Girl’s Investigation into Evaporation
Gabrielle Morrison St John Bosco Primary School How far will I walk in 60 days?
Sofie Randell Glenhaven Public School Paper, Rock, Scissors Experiment
Years 3-4 Equal 1st Scott Manley St John Bosco Primary School How do I use mirrors to look around corners?
Ronin Naumovski Wollongong Public School UV, or not UV? That is the Question
Neomi Verma Abbotsleigh School Can all symmetrical shapes be used to pave the backyard surface?
Years 5-6 Equal 1st Alyssa Buda & Mia Fildissis PLC Sydney How Fit is your Memory? Does exercising on a treadmill improve your memory?
Eddie Dunstan Castle Cove Public School Alternatives to Pop Corn
Chloe Walker PLC Sydney The Fantastic Forty-Five
Years 7-8 1st Dean Chapman McAuley Catholic College To grow or not to grow, that is the question
2nd Emma Yap Abbotsleigh School How effective is beeswax wrap as an alternative to cling wrap?
3rd Leon Yangdong Redeemer Baptist School Do the Length and Width of a Leaf affect the Angle of Attachment to the Stem?
Years 9-10 1st Madhavan Jayaraman Redeemer Baptist School Does Age and gender Affect the Accomodation Reflex?
2nd Jamie Ellis-Jorden, Eliza Boland and Jordan Windred O’Connor Catholic College Oats Variety Trial
3rd Rayane Khanji Alpha Omega Senior College Self Sustaining Fish Tank Investigation
Years 11 -12 1st Callum Predavec Mosman High School Planetary Transfer Calculator
2nd Ashleigh Nicholls Ravenswood School Drones: Do they work better in the hot or cold?
3rd Macinley Butson The Illawarra Grammar School The SMART System
Category: OshClub Inventions and Innovations Awards
Years K-2 Equal 1st Hannah Chalmers PLC Sydney Green Elephant – Reusable Shopping Bag Reminder App
Danielle Hanna Sans Souci Public School Baby-safe Bookshelf
Tiffany Kouhis PLC Sydney The Tiffy Zoom Clothesline – A Solar Powered Spinning Quick Dry clothesline
Years 3-4 Equal 1st Jasmine Civardi & Anikan Nguyen St Ambrose Catholic Primary School Bee Box 1.0
Yannis Ho Carlingford Public School Natural Fog Destroyer
Harry Vohra Newington College Self Driving Transport
Years 5-6 Equal 1st Anthony Gregoire Newington College The Aqua Elevator
Sienna-Marie Maroun St Ambrose Catholic Primary School Senior Card
Lachlan Petty, Oliver Hawkins and James Stevens Knox Preparatory Grammar School Easy Sleep
Years 7-8 1st Aniketh Chennapragada Baulkham Hills High School WAVI – Walking Assistant for the Visually Impaired
2nd Gregory Burns Redeemer Baptist School Window Mate
3rd Emma Gregory Broughton Anglican College Rotatable Solar Panels
Years 9-10 1st Scarlet Gray SCEGGS Darlinghurst The Car Sensing Safety Light
2nd Josafina Paddison and Olga Medvedieva Queenwood Senior School Specimens and UV
3rd Olivia Arvanitis Meriden School Ammonia Monitoring System for Water Quality
Years 11-12 1st Callum Predavec Mosman High School Planetary Transfer Calculator
2nd Lucy Lake Barker College BioMimicry Inspired Racing Oar
3rd James Casey-Brown Barker College Surf Safe
Category: Scientific Investigations
Years K-2 Equal 1st Hannah Chalmers PLC Sydney An Investigation Into the effect of Human Memory on Plastic Bag Waste
Lucius Figuiera Redeemer Baptist School One, Two, Three… …How many Veins on the Leaves of a Tree?
Bethanie Jones Redeemer Baptist School How packaging affects the ripening of bananas
Tiffany Kouhis PLC Sydney A Six Year Old Girl’s Investigation into Evaporation
Will McKenzie Dubbo South Public School Catch it!
Burhan Zohre Redeemer Baptist School Which Crater is Greater?
Years 3-4 Equal 1st Jasmine Civardi & Anikan Nguyen St Ambrose Catholic Primary School Bee Box 1.0
Olivia Cleaver Grose View Public School Blind Jelly Bean!
Yannis Ho Carlingford Public School Natural Fog Destroyer
Pippa Kennard Oatley West Public School What Changes The Temperature Of My Pool?
Ruben Merani  Newington College Can my sister wear Spiderman Dry Nites?
Taylah Wishart St.John Bosco Primary School Is the water quality in Forbes Creek, Engadine acceptable for humans and the local wildlife?
Years 5-6 Equal 1st Beatrix Farley Castle Cove Public School Microplastics on Australian Beaches
Marirose, Darius and Ariahna Giann Drummoyne Public School Toy Assembly Instructions: What design works best for kids?
Saagar Harish and Lachlan Walsh Crestwood Public School What is the safest lens for children?
Lucas Negro Glenhaven Public School Reducing Workplace Stress
William Verden Newington College Interests of Primary School Students
Emma Wood Castle Cove Public School Potatoes on the Beach
Category: Scientific Investigations – Biology
Years 7-8 1st Jasmin Usham PLC Sydney Iron Bioavailability in Spinach; Lime vs Cooking
2nd Shirley Wang Meriden School Sleepy Sunflower Seeds
3rd Timothy Hanna Sydney Boys High School Does Radio Frequency Radiation Affect the Growth of Wheatgrass?
Years 9 – 10 1st Olivia Lam PLC Sydney Mind Full or Mindful: An investigation into the effect of mindfulness on the wellbeing of youths
2nd Michelle Oh Meriden School The Effects of Blanching and Freezing Broccoli on its Vitamin C Content
3rd Danna Rajab Al Amanah College The Effect of Video Media on the Emotional State of 14 to 16-Year-Old Children
Years 11- 12 1st Angelina Arora Sydney Girls High School The Effect of Algae on OIl Spill Remediation
2nd Nga Nguyen and Angelina Arora Sydney Girls High School Green is the New Black: Determining the optimal light conditions for efficient industrial production of algae for use
3rd Jeremiah Malalis Asuncion National High School, Phillipines In Vitro: Phytochemical Screening of San Francisco Leaf Extract Against Plant Pathogenic Fungi Phytophthora
4th Harris Ledvinka Sydney Girls High School Is eating simple or complex carbohydrates better for your teeth?
Category: Scientific Investigations – Chemistry
Years 7- 8 1st Timothy Hanna Sydney Boys High School Fuel for Thought – Leaves for Fuel
2nd  Vincent Ng James Ruse Agricultural High School Synthesis of Bioplastic using Fruit Peel
3rd  Sophia Bergin Roseville College The Strongest Beet
Years 9-10 1st Jinniwen Chen PLC Sydney Seaweed as the New Plastic
2nd  Eliza Martin PLC Sydney Don’t Cry over Undigested Milk
3rd  Kate Chipman Hornsby Girls High School Fat Content in Packaged Chips
Years 11-12 1st Ashleigh Nicholls Ravenswood School Voltaic Cells – do they work better in hot or cold?
2nd  Joyce Wang Sydney Girls High School The removal of alcohol from the human body through esterification
3rd  Catherine Cheng Sydney Girls High School The Electricity of Dissolution
Category: Scientific Investigations – Earth & Environmental Science
Years 7-8 1st Dean Chapman McAuley Catholic College To grow or not to grow, that is the question
2nd Frances Kan James Ruse Agricultural High School Phytoremediation for the soil – using plants to remediate soil
3rd Eduarda da Costa Meriden School Does the colour of light affect plant growth?
Years 9-10 1st Sophie Angus PLC Sydney Which form of coriander is most effective in removing lead from contaminated water?
2nd Felicia Guo PLC Sydney Worming our way out of plastic problems
3rd Bronte Jackson PLC Sydney Salty Soil
Years 11-12 1st Tiarra Meier and Anne Zimmerman Homeschool – Elsmore Soil Biology – the missing link in pasture production?
2nd Macinley Butson The Illawarra Grammar School The SODIS Sticker
3rd Emma Serisier Bishop Druitt College The Use of Domestic Chickens as Bio-recyclers of household organic waste
Category: Scientific Investigations – Physics
Years 7-8 1st Josh Hayes and Alexandra Jones Edmund Rice College and St. Mary’s Wollongong We Nailed It!
2nd Yi Wei Yang James Ruse Agricultural High School The effect of winglets on the efficiency of a wing
3rd Michelle Ni PLC Sydney Light Blocker
Years 9-10 1st William Martin Trinity Grammar School Silicone or Steel
2nd Jacob Goodridge Broughton Anglican College Determining Mass of Jupiter
3rd Nicholas Yule Newington College Photon Absorption by Coloured Water
Years 11-12 1st Macinley Butson The Illawarra Grammar School The SMART System
2nd Kelvin Du Newington College Does the addition of a humidity sensor reduce water related nuisance smoke alarms?
3rd Paul Kim James Ruse Agricultural High School The Effect of Sodium chloride Concentration on the Rate of Cooling of Water
Section 2 – STANSW Most Promising Awards
Years K-6 Equal 1st Harry Alscher Newington College What common household cleaning method best cleans a used drink bottle?
James Bestic Castle Cove Primary School Incidental Exercise
Vishay Modi Newington College Is Radiation responsible for Restless Sleep?
Years 7 -12 Equal 1st Celine Farrugia PLC Sydney Breakout: Which acne treatment is most efficient?
Teresa Harris Loreto Kirribilli How reliable is a witnesses at recalling a suspect?
Isaac Heagney St Columba Anglican College Emergency alert for Rock Fishing
Kate Stirton PLC Sydney The False Positive – how long after a person uses mouthwash will they test positive on a breathalyser?
Section 3 – Sponsored Awards
Primary Environment Award – For the project that addresses a significant environmental issue or adds to our understanding of the natural environment
Years K-6 1st Hannah Chalmers PLC Sydney Green Elephant: Reusable Shopping Bag Reminder App
NMI Measurement Awards – Awarded to entries in the category of Scientific Investigations that demonstrate an excellent understanding of measurement
Years K-12 1st Dean Chapman McAuley Catholic College To Grow or Not to Grow, that is the Question
2nd Ashleigh Nicholls Ravenswood School Voltaic Cells: Do they work better in hot or cold?
NMI Measurement Awards – Awarded to entries in the category of Working Technologically that demonstrate an excellent understanding of measurement
Years K – 12 1st Macinley Butson The Illawarra Grammar School The SMART System
2nd Yannis Ho Carlingford Public School Natural Fog Destroyer
NMI Measurement Awards – Awarded to entries in the category of Working Mathematically that demonstrate an excellent understanding of measurement
Years K-12 1st Ashleigh Nicholls Ravenswood School Drones: Do they work better in hot or cold?
2nd Beatrix Farley Castle Cove Public School Microplastics in Australian Beaches
RACI Chemistry Encouragement Awards – Awarded to students who demonstrate ability, skill and promise for chemistry
Years K-6 1st Carmen Dyer Crestwood Public School Cabbage Chemistry
Years 7-12 1st Joyce Wang Sydney Girls High School The removal of alcohol from the human body through esterification
HC Ashleigh Nicholls Ravenswood School Voltaic cells: Do they work better in hot or cold?
ASBMB Awards for Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Years K-12 Equal 1st Harris Ledvinka Sydney Girls High School Is eating simple or complex carbohydrates better for your teeth?
Jasmin Usham PLC Sydney Iron Bioavailability in Spinach: Lime vs. Cooking
AARNet Communications Award Awards – Awarded to students with the best use of electronic communications in Scientific Investigations
Years K-6 Equal 1st Danielle Hanna Sans Souci Public School Stop Fidgeting! The Effect of Fidget Spinners on Concentration
Marirose, Darius and Ariahna Giann Drummoyne Public School Toy Assembly Instructions: What design works best for kids?
Years 7-12 Equal 1st Wallace Luong James Ruse Agricultural High School The effect of Helmholtz Resonance on Acoustic Propulsion
Bilge Zohre Redeemer Baptist School What’s the Buzz
AARNet Communications Award Awards – Awarded to students with the best use of electronic communications in Working Technologically
Years K-6 Equal 1st Hannah Chalmers PLC Sydney Green Elephant: Reusable Shopping Bag Reminder App
Jasmine Civardi & Anikan Nguyen St Ambrose Catholic Primary School Bee Box 1.0
Years 7-12 Equal 1st Majella Campbell Barker College YAC Systems, assisted communication
Ethan Yin Northholm Grammar School Hiker RFID Checkpoint System
AARNet Communications Award Awards – Awarded to students with the best use of electronic communications in Working Mathematically
Years K-6 Equal 1st Gabrielle Morrison St John Bosco Catholic Primary School How Far will I walk in 60 days?
Vlad Skorokhod Sutherland Public School WiFi Science – Improve your signal
Years 7-12 Equal 1st Madhavan Jayaraman Redeemer Baptist School Does Age and gender affect the Accomodation Reflex?
Callum Predavec Mosman High School Planetary Transfer Calculator
AIP Most Outstanding Physics Awards
Years K-12 1st Callum Predavec Mosman High School Planetary Transfer Calculator
2nd Ashleigh Nicholls Ravenswood School Drones: Do they work better in the hot or the cold?
3rd Anthony Guirguis & Gleb Kozlov Redeemer Baptist School A Self-Navigating Drone in a Building? Is it Possible?
STEP Environmental Award – Awarded for the best environmental entry
Years K-12 1st Beatrix Farley Castle Cove Public School Microplastics on Australian Beaches
Sebel Testing and Evaluation awards – Based on the high level of quality control that Sebel displays in the design and manufacture of their products, they are looking for students who display the same meticulous and rigorous testing of their results or final products
Years K-12 1st Neomi Verma Abbotsleigh School Can all symmetrical shapes be used to pave the backyard surface?
2nd Bethanie Jones Redeemer Baptist School How packaging affects the ripening of bananas
3rd Marirose, Darius and Ariahna Giann Drummoyne Public School Toy Assembly Instructions: What design works best for kids?
Western Sydney University Science Award – Greater Western Sydney entry that demonstrates particular scientific accomplishment
Years K-12 1st Bruce Chen James Ruse Agricultural School Investigating the Effect of Human Activity on Water Quality in Parramatta
Rowe Scientific Depth Study Awards – Awarded to year 11 students who best utilise scientific equipment in
designing their solution to a scientific or technological problem
Year 11 Bronze Nicholas Andrews O’Connor Catholic College Wings of Wonder
Binh Do, Michael Guo and Jin He Marrickville High School Solar Water Heater
Meg Lye O’Connor Catholic College Finger Grip Strength
Sabrina Mock James Ruse Agricultural High School  How Heat Diffuses
Abdullahi Mohammed Al Amanah College Investigating the effect of sound on light
Taryn Ramage O’Connor Catholic College  Kicking Goals
Silver Bob Chen James Ruse Agricultural High School Solid State Thermo-Electric Generation for Application in Waste Heat Recovery
Sung Ah Cho Sydney Girls High School  How can the development of adjustable light shelves in apartments help improve natural lighting and heat from the sun
Nikki Fang Sydney Girls High School Water Works: The Maximisation of Hydropower
Gold Carla Zammit Redeemer Baptist School The Effects of Cryovacing on the Quality of Cooked Boned and Boneless Steaks
Section 4 Grand Awards
2018 Budding Young Scientist – Overall best Years K-2 Project
(Sponsored by ACU)
Year K-2 1st Bethanie Jones Redeemer Baptist School How packaging affects the ripening of bananas
2018 Primary Young Scientist – Overall best Years 3-6 Project
(Sponsored by ACU)
Year 3-6 1st Beatrix Farley Castle Cove Public School Micro-plastics on Australian Beaches
SECTION 5 – ISEF/BROADCOM FINALISTS
2019 ISEF Finalists – All expenses-paid trip to represent Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Phoenix, Arizona, May 2019
Finalist Macinley Butson The Illawarra Grammar School The SMART System
Finalist Callum Predavec Mosman High School Planetary Transfer Calculator
Finalist Kelvin Du Newington College Does the addition of a humidity sensor reduce water related nuisance smoke alarms?
Finalist Emma Serisier Bishop Druitt College The Use of Domestic Chickens as Bio-recyclers of household organic waste
Finalist Isaac Heagney St. Columba Anglican College Emergency Alert for Rock Fishing
2019 Broadcom MASTERS International Delegate – All expenses-paid trip to represent Australia at the Broadcom MASTERS International program
(Sponsor – Broadcom Foundation)
Finalist Dean Chapman McAuley Catholic College To Grow or not to Grow, that is the Question
Honorary Mention Timothy Hanna Sydney Boys High School Fuel for Thought: Leaves for Fuel