Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Jade Moxey and Macinley Butson – The SAS System (Sanitation and Sterilisation)

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.

Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Macinley Butson – The Illawarra Grammar School and Jade Moxey – Sapphire Coast Anglican College The SAS System (Sanitation & Sterilization) 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. #ISEFAUSNSW #intelisef2018 #stansw #youngscientist #NESA #STEM #edchst #teachers #education #science #sebelfurniture #bhpbilliton #csiro

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Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Emma Serisier – Effects of Storage Conditions and Time on Egg Quality

Emma found that over time the environmental conditions that eggs are stored under have a significant influence on their internal quality. There were identifiable interactions between the temperature and environmental factors with the egg quality. Increased storage temperature resulted in weight loss, increase in pH and visual factors such as size of air cell, runniness of albumen, form of yolk and odour. An increase in pH was observed in most eggs regardless of storage conditions.

Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Emma Serisier – Bishop Druitt College Effects of Storage Conditions and Time on Egg Quality Emma found that over time the environmental conditions that eggs are stored under have a significant influence on their internal quality. There were identifiable interactions between the temperature and environmental factors with the egg quality. Increased storage temperature resulted in weight loss, increase in pH and visual factors such as size of air cell, runniness of albumen, form of yolk and odour. An increase in pH was observed in most eggs regardless of storage conditions. #ISEFAUSNSW #intelisef2018 #stansw #youngscientist #bhpbilliton #csiro #sebelfurniture #teachers #science #STEM #Edchat #NESA

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Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Lachlan Bolton – Future Board

Lachlan’s challenge was to design and build an extendable modular surfboard that could fit in any car. His design, the Future Board, is the world’s first ultra-portable, extendable surfboard. It has the ability to breakdown to half its original size and fit into a regular bodyboard bag. Its unique functionality allowing it to be extended in length creates more flexibility for surfers when choosing the right board for the conditions making it a truly innovative device. It is made from 100% recycled materials making it a sustainable device.

Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Lachlan Bolton – Redeemer Baptist School Future Board Lachlan’s challenge was to design and build an extendable modular surfboard that could fit in any car. His design, the Future Board, is the world’s first ultra-portable, extendable surfboard. It has the ability to breakdown to half its original size and fit into a regular bodyboard bag. Its unique functionality allowing it to be extended in length creates more flexibility for surfers when choosing the right board for the conditions making it a truly innovative device. It is made from 100% recycled materials making it a sustainable device. #ISEFAUSNSW #intelisef #intelisef2018 #stansw #youngscientist #NESA #Edchat #STEM #science #education #sebel #sebelfurniture #teachers #bhpbilliton #csiro

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Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Aniruddh Chennapragada – Novel Use of Bio Based Materials in Metal-Air Batteries

Aniruddh successfully prepared activated carbon from banana peel.  His project then went on to characterise the activated carbon synthesised with FT-IR spectroscopy and SEM. Finally, he used his activated banana peels as cathodic material in an aluminium air battery proving it is an effective material for use in battery technology showing that there is great potential for utilising organic waste like banana peels for preparing chemically activated materials that have applications in energy technology.

Intel ISEF 2018 Team Profile – Aniruddh Chennapragada – James Ruse Agricultural High School Investigating the Carbonisation and Activation of Banana Peels for Applications in Batteries Aniruddh successfully prepared activated carbon from banana peel.  His project then went on to characterise the activated carbon synthesised with FT-IR spectroscopy and SEM. Finally, he used his activated banana peels as cathodic material in an aluminium air battery proving it is an effective material for use in battery technology showing that there is great potential for utilising organic waste like banana peels for preparing chemically activated materials that have applications in energy technology. #ISEFAUSNSW #intelisef2018 #stansw #STEM #sebelfurniture #csiro #bhpbilliton #science #teachers #youngscientist #Edchat #NESA

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STANSW Young Scientist ISEF 2018 Delegation

Our team of excited young students are making final preparations to travel to Pittsburgh, U.S.A. to represent Australia and NSW at Intel ISEF 2018! In just over a week’s time we will set off with our largest delegation ever to ISEF with 9 ISEF delegates and our BroadCom Masters representative. The team includes our first Rural Young Scientist delegates and will be accompanied by two teacher chaperones from the Young Scientist committee as well as the Rural Young Scientist Teacher awardee.

 

The range and depth of the student projects is truly inspiring – please visit back soon to see profiles of each delegate.

We will be keeping in touch while we are in Pittsburgh via a range of social media platforms. Please follow our progress via

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2018 ISEF Team

New Depth Study Awards Announced

Rowe Scientific Depth Study Awards!

For 8 (** now 10 due to high demand**) Year 11 practical investigations or secondary-sourced investigations that most effectively communicate how their depth study has enabled the student to develop and acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of one or more clearly identified concepts found within or inspired by the syllabus.

The Rowe Scientific Depth Study Awards are only for students who have never won a secondary award in the STANSW Young Scientist Awards and at least 4 (** now at least 5**) of the 8 (**now 10 awards**) awards are to be for students from low SES schools.

A Gold Award of $600 will be presented to the best entry with 3 Silver Awards of $300 and 4 (**now 6**) Bronze Awards of $200 to the next best entries, totaling $2,300 (**now $2,700**) in prize-money.

STANSW Young Scientists recognised in 2018 Australia Day Awards

STANSW Young Scientists were wonderfully recognised for their achievements at the recent 2018 Australia Day Awards. Heading the list was Macinley Butson from The Illawarra Grammar School who was the NSW Young Australian of the Year winner. Her exploits in the Young Scientist Awards since she was in Year 3, culminating in a 1st place Grand Award at the 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair was a major factor in her selection. Evette Khaziran (top right) from Redeemer Baptist School won a high achievement award in the Parramatta City Council’s Young Citizen of the Year award for her discovery and conservation of a sugar glider colony in the centre of Parramatta. Maddison King from Meriden won the Cumberland Council’s Young Citizen of the Year award for her Clever Girl rip-detecting device. The STANSW Young Scientist Committee would like to congratulate these girls and express our delight in the high level of community recognition that our awards program receives.

We would also like to congratulate Cherrybrook Technology High School’s Head of Mathematics, Eddie Woo (bottom right with Macinley Butson), who won Australia’s Local Hero Award for 2018. With our strong STEM collaboration with MANSW we are very excited that a fellow passionate STEM teacher has won this popular award and has done wonders in raising the profile of teachers in our state and nation.

 

2017 Presentation Ceremony Official Photo Gallery and Results now online

The 2017 STANSW Young Scientist Awards Presentation Ceremony was held at the University of Wollongong on Wednesday 1st November. Over $23,000 in cash prizes was handed out on the night to a record 109 students, representing 39 schools. A massive 9 students also won an all-expenses paid trip to Pittsburgh in May 2018 to represent Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. They will be joined by a Year 8 student who will be our Broadcom MASTERS International delegate and a rural teacher who will be one of our teacher chaperones.

For a full list of project summaries and 2017 Young Scientist results go to our 66 page modified Presentation Ceremony booklet.

For student finalists, parents, schools and sponsors alike all 270 official photos can be accessed and downloaded here. Each photo has full descriptive file names for ease of searching.

 

 

Major Announcement for NSW Rural Secondary Students

The STANSW Young Scientist Awards have just signed off on a major initiative for NSW Rural secondary students which will be known as the STANSW Rural Young Scientist Awards.

Starting immediately, the STANSW Rural Young Scientist Awards will be providing wonderful opportunities for NSW rural secondary students for the next four years! We are indebted to the Sapphire Foundation for this wonderful initiative that gives opportunity for rural students to get involved in STEM.

 

Under the four-year agreement between the Sapphire Foundation and STANSW, the STANSW Rural Young Scientist Awards offers the following incentives to encourage and support STEM education in rural NSW:

1. STANSW Rural Young Scientist Awards will be allocating an annual prize pool of $4000 (to be reviewed
annually) to be divided amongst the top scoring projects (at level 4 or 5) from Rural areas as identified by school postcode, or in the event of homeschoolers, their home postcode. To be eligible, Rural secondary schools are considered to be those outside a radius of 70 km from Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra, except where the town is on the Dept. of Education ‘Rural and Remote Schools’ list

2. The top two projects by Year 9-12 Rural students, not already chosen for the ISEF team, will be selected as prizewinners to join the Young Scientist ISEF team on an all-expenses paid trip. For 2018, the International Science and Engineering Fair will be in Pittsburgh, USA.

3. One teacher from a rural secondary school, and who has submitted multiple high standard student projects, will be selected through EOI as a prizewinner to chaperone the Rural ISEF students, starting from 2018 Pittsburgh.

4. One rural teacher to be nominated by the Young Scientist Committee will be approached to gauge willingness to run a regional judging Hub from 2018 onwards. Subject to agreement to do this, this teacher will be awarded a prize comprising transport and accommodated in Sydney to attend judging, starting from 2017. As Judging for Scientific Investigations takes place on the weekend of 1st/2nd September we are looking for interested rural teachers to contact us by email at youngscientist@stansw.asn.au before 5pm, Friday 25th August. From 2018, a Young Scientist committee member will be transported to and accommodated at the regional hub to train teachers and assist in set-up.

 

As a committee, we are delighted with this opportunity to promote and support STEM education in NSW Rural secondary schools! Finally we would like to give the Sapphire Foundation a big “thank you” for making this opportunity possible.