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.
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!
This video clip shows the raw excitement at the moment Oliver Nicholls’ name was announced as the winner of the top prize at ISEF. The clip was taken by Macinley Butson – herself an ISEF 2018 Grand Award winner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nga investigated the use of biochar to filter agricultural wastewater as well its suitability as a soil fertiliser. She developed two bamboo-based biochar filter systems that proved very efficient at adsorbing nutrients such as ammonia, nitrates, nitrites and phosphates. The used biochar was also shown to be effective as a fertiliser leading to increased plant health when tested, demonstrating real potential for biochar to be used in the animal husbandry industry.
Macinley and Jade’s aim was to develop a self-sustaining sanitation and sterilising device to produce potable and medical grade sterile water for developing countries and for emergency relief. Their project, The SAS System (Sanitation and Sterilization System), is a self-sustaining, portable unit consisting of 3 integrated systems, to provide both clean drinking water and sterile water for medical use, for developing communities and emergency relief.