Smoke alarms can save lives. However when they are triggered unnecessarily it can reduce their effectiveness. Kelvin investigated the effect of higher humidity levels on smoke alarm triggering and found that the alarms were indeed more sensitive in the presence of water vapour. He then used a simulation software and designed a prototype to determine that the incidence of false alarms could be reduced by comparing the signal from the smoke alarm and the humidity sensor, while still triggering in the case of an actual fire.
Macinley continued to develop and test the clinical viability of her invention of a system to reduce the radiation dose during radiotherapy for treatment of breast cancer. The system combines a physical shield made from overlapping copper pieces to block radiation to non-treated areas and a strong magnetic field to deflect harmful electrons out of the radiation beam, while not interfering with the treatment. This system will help to minimise the negative short and long-term side effects of radiotherapy, and potentially improving cancer survival.
Olivia built and tested a monitoring system in which the ammonia, pH, and temperature levels of water are measured. The data is then able to be sent to a Bluetooth device to be logged into a relevant program. Her innovative portable system is convenient in terms of data communication, the range of aspects of water quality measured, and transportation in case of a
location change. Applications of the system could include public lakes and groundwater systems on agricultural land, as well as aquaponics and fish farming.
Lead contamination of drinking water poses very serious health risks to humans, and coriander has been shown to be effective at removing lead from animal bodies. Sophie investigated which form of coriander – fresh leaves, cut stems or dried leaves – was the most effective at removing lead from contaminated water. Her extensive investigations found that fresh leaves were the most effective.
Our team of excited young students and accompanying chaperones, family and teachers are making final preparations to travel to Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A. to represent Australia and NSW at Intel ISEF 2019!
Our team of 9 ISEF delegates and our BroadCom Masters representative will compete with 1800+ students from all over the world (80+ countries) at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) – the largest science fair for high school students in the world. The team includes our first Mathematics delegate and will be accompanied by teacher chaperones from the Young Scientist committee as well as the Rural Young Scientist Teacher Ambassador.
The range and depth of the student projects is truly inspiring – please visit back soon to see profiles of each delegate, with a description of their projects.
We will be keeping in touch while we are in Phoenix via a range of social media platforms. Please follow our progress via
Our team of 9 students and 4 chaperones are headed to Phoenix, U.S.A. in May to represent NSW and Australia at Intel ISEF 2019 (The International Science and Engineering Fair). The team consists of:
Callum Predavec, Mosman High School: Planetary Transfer Calculator Callum will be our first ever Mathematics entry in ISEF
Macinley Butson, The Illawarra Grammar School: The Smart System
Kelvin Du, Newington College:Investigating humidity related nuisance alarms in smoke detectors
Emma Serisier, Bishop Druitt College: The Use of of chickens as bio-recyclers of household organic waste
Isaac Heagney, St. Columba Anglican College: SARFISH Safety Alert for Rock Fishing
Angelina Arora, Sydney Girls High School: The Effect of Algae on Oil Spill Remediation
Eliza Martin, PLC Sydney: The Development of a Novel Treatment for Lactose Intolerance Using Synbiotic Formulations
Sophie Angus, PLC Sydney: Using coriander to remove lead from contaminated water
Olivia Arvanitis, Meriden School: Water Monitoring System
The team will also include our Broadcom Masters representative
Dean Chapman, MacAuley Catholic College: To grow or not to grow….that is the question
We are grateful for funding from our new sponsors: The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (through their Supporting Young Scientists Program SYSP) and CrookEd Science along with our Principal Sponsor The Sapphire Foundation for making it possible for us to send the whole complement of 9 projects to ISEF.
Please return back for more posts highlighting each of our talented delegates’ projects.
Congratulations to all the winners at the BHP Science & Engineering Awards!
We are really proud of the efforts by the NSW representatives who have done amazingly well! Our students took out 5 of the 7 awards at the wonderful ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 5th February.
James Casey-Brown won 3rd place in engineering category with his “Surf Safe”, a device that uses a CO2 cylinder to inflate a buoyant ring to help save lives of people at beaches.
Lucy Lake won 2nd place in Engineering for her “Phase3”, a biomimicry inspired design for a rowing oar. The oar design is based on the whale tubercle.
Anne Zimmerman and Tiara Meier won 2nd place in Science Investigations into “Soil Biology:The missing link in Pasture Production”. They applied chemical and biological amendments to increase soil health and then compared which gave the best results in restoring soil.
Macinley Butson won 1st place in Investigations for “The SMART System” which incorporates two new devices to reduce unwanted skin damage during radiotherapy cancer treatment.
Macinley Butson had another win, this time in the Innovator to Market category for “The SODIS Sticker”. This is a sticker that accurately measures solar UV exposure required to sanitise water to a high degree of accuracy.
Tomorrow at 2pm, the winners of the Student and Teacher Awards for the 2019 BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards will be announced. NSW has equaled their best ever representative record with 13 of the 26 national finalists coming from the STANSW Young Scientist Awards.
The names of the semi-finalists and the primary winners are yet to be released.
Over 130 primary and high school students were awarded for their solutions to changing social and technological issues in the 2018 STANSW Young Scientist Awards Presentation ceremony at the University of Wollongong, last night.
Phew! With 830 projects submitted this year and over 120 different prizes totalling $26,760 to be decided – the judging process has been long and complex.
All winning students and supervising adults have been notified via email and we are now in the final stage of organising our formal Presentation Ceremony at University of Wollongong on the 31st of October.
We will release the names and project information of all the winners after October 31st here on our website.
Every student entrant in the competition will of course receive personalised certificates and feedback from the judges. These will be emailed to the relevant schools in the following weeks.