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.

Caitlin Roberts from the national BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Team also won a 3rd place Grand Award in the Biomedical Engineering categories.

All of the students were excellent ambassadors for science, NSW and Australia and we could not be prouder of them.

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







2018 ISEF Team

Top national BHPBFSEA winners are all from STANSW Young Scientist

Two days ago at a Presentation Ceremony that was held in Melbourne for the 2018 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, STANSW Young Scientists won the top three awards, the first state to ever achieve this feat. Minh Nga Nguyen (middle) from Sydney Girls High School won the Investigations category, Oliver Nicholls (left) from Barker College won the Engineering category and Lachlan Bolton (right) from Redeemer Baptist School won second place in Engineering.

As well as winning more that $10,000 in prize money between them they each will be representing Australia in May at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Pittsburgh. Details and videos of their projects and the other national finalists’ projects can be found on the BHPBFSEA website.

Primary school and semi-finalist results are yet to be released.

Intel ISEF 2017 Results




Dear Young Scientist Supporters,

We are over the moon, here in LA. We have just finished the 2017 Intel ISEF Grand Awards Ceremony and our girls have performed tremendously. Last year was our previous best performance with four 4th place Grand Award prizes and 1 special Award.

This year we won the same number of awards but our level of achievement was higher again. We received a 1st, two 3rd’s and a 4th Grand Award and one Special Award last night.

This is the first time that any Australian student has ever won a 1st place award at ISEF in the 17 years that we have competed.

Our 2016 Young Scientist of the Year, Macinley Butson from The Illawarra Grammar School took out the first place award in a category called Translational Medical Science.

Mary-Anne Poyitt from Redeemer Baptist School took out 3rd place in Plant Sciences.
Rebekah Kang from PLC Sydney took out 3rd place in Energy Environmental.

Jade Moxey from Sapphire Coast Anglican School took out 4th place in the category of Animal Sciences.

Last night Eleanor Lawton-Wade from PLC Sydney won a Special Award with the King Abdul-Aziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity Award

Finally, our sixth student, Maddison King from Meriden School has already had her project published by Science News and she was interviewed by CNN

For more details and some wonderful recorded live-streaming footage please have a look at our facebook page

Finally, thank you to everyone who have supported the team, this was a group effort and NSW STEM Education should be extremely proud of the achievements of these 6 young ladies.


Stuart Garth

On behalf of the Young Scientist ISEF Team
#IntelISEF #IntelISEF2017 #stansw #stem

Intel ISEF 2016 Results

Four of our six ISEF finalists (66.7%) won Grand Awards for their projects at the recent 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Phoenix. On a comparative scale, 26.1% of the 1768 ISEF finalists from 77 countries came away with a Grand Award. A tremendous result for our Young Scientist ISEF team!

Grand Award winners from left: Jade Moxey (Sapphire Coast Anglican College), Macinley Butson (The Illawarra Grammar School), Aniruddh Chennapragada (James Ruse Agricultural High School) and Nga Nguyen (Sydney Girls High School).

Meanwhile James Poyitt (Redeemer Baptist School) won a $48,000 USD  four-year scholarship at the University of Arizona in the Special Awards Ceremony. His project is featured in a Science News article.

Congratulations to one of our most successful teams ever!

Four students from the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Fair team also won prizes, including NSW student, Madeline Maloof (PLC, Sydney), who won a special award from the American Dental Association Foundation.