ISEF 2019 Team Profile Callum Predavec – Planetary Transfer Calculator

Google Maps for space! Callum designed an application to calculate the path a spacecraft would take to move between planets using a transfer orbit or for travel to other star systems under power. He noted that, while government space agencies have dedicated systems for these calculations, his software offered this opportunity to everyone, with an interactive and user-friendly graphical interface. Callum will be the first Young Scientist entrant in the Mathematics category at ISEF.

ISEF 2019 Team Profile Eliza Martin – Don’t Cry over Undigested Milk

Eliza examined the potential use of probiotics and synbiotics for the long- term treatment of lactose intolerance by analysing their effectiveness in breaking down lactose in milk samples into glucose and galactose. She measured the concentration of glucose as well changes in pH before and after the addition of probiotics or synbiotics as an indicator of their success in breaking down lactose. The results suggested that probiotics are effective in removing lactose from milk and can do so faster than synbiotic formulations.

ISEF 2019 Team Profile Emma Serisier – Chickens as Bio-recyclers of Household Organic Waste

Most Australian households put food waste into the garbage system, ending up as landfill. If Australians had backyard chickens, this waste could become a valuable source, and thus a part of the food supply chain. Emma aimed to determine how much food waste a chicken can process in both contained and foraging environments and what other benefits flow from this. The chickens produced nutrient-rich manures that can replace synthetic fertiliser and can condition the soil.

ISEF 2019 Team Profile Isaac Heagney – SARFISH – Safety Alert for Rock Fishing

Isaac designed a waterproof device that can be worn as a belt by rock fishers and communicates wirelessly and automatically with another component which stays out of the water. Isaac’s device includes an innovative combination of different technologies including a GPS module and transceiver, a tinysine 3g shield and Arduino UNO coding. The device could potentially save the lives of rock fishers who get swept into the water.

ISEF 2019 Team Profile Kelvin Du – Tru-Alert: A Smoke Alarm with Steam Sense technology

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.

ISEF 2019 Team Profile Macinley Butson – The SMART System

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.

ISEF 2019 Team Profile Sophie Angus Cilantro Leaf – Lead Relief

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.

STANSW Young Scientist ISEF 2019 Delegation

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

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2019 ISEF Team

Announcing the 2019 STANSW Young Scientist ISEF team

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.

NSW Students achieve major success at national level

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.