2018 Working Technologically winners announced!

The 2018 winners of the Working Technologically category of the Young Scientist Awards competition were announced at a special ceremony at the PTC (Professional Teachers Council) offices in Auburn on Saturday 1st September, 2018.

The ceremony followed a special science fair where student entrants had the opportunity to present their projects to an audience of judges, parents and teachers.

Special guests at the ceremony were Lachlan Bolton, 2017 Young Scientist Awards winner and ISEF 2018 finalist and Oliver Nicholls, 2017 Young Scientist Awards winner and ISEF 2018 Gordon E. Moore Prize winner.

Congratulations to all entrants and winners! Your innovation and ingenuity is truly inspiring.

Click here for a full list of winners.

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!

Extra NSW students to go to the US

Big news!! We have just been granted permission to send our top 9 Years 9-12 STEM projects to the next three ISEF Fairs in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Before this year our maximum quota of projects was 6 but with our wonderful Young Scientist successes over the last three years, we have been granted these extra places.

Along with our top Science, Technology and Rural projects we will be sending a dedicated Mathematics project in 2019. With Maths entries due on 5th September 2018, you still have loads of time to send in a Maths entry that could be the special Years 9-12 project that is selected to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Phoenix, Arizona in May 2019.

For a Mathematics project you can do a modelling activity, statistical analysis or you may even solve or come up with your own maths theorem, like one Russian student three years ago who came up with a theorem for doing up neck ties. To get started have a look at the different Mathematics subcategories that are judged at ISEF.

Make sure you refer to the relevant Years 11-12 and Years 9-10 MANSW Working Mathematically judging rubrics and work hard to fulfill all the Level 5 criteria.

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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