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
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Intel ISEF Team Profile – Eliza Martin Year 9 – An Investigation Into The Effect Of Slack Fill In Chip Packets

Broadcom MASTERS International 2017 Delegate (Sponsored by Broadcom, but still part of the Young Scientist team)

Ever noticed how much air is in a chip packet? Eliza set out to investigate whether the presence of air really does help reduce chip breakage, as claimed by the manufacturers. She filled bags with chips and varying volumes of air and then dropped a mass on each. By counting how many fragments resulted she was able to establish that that air does help cushion the chips. So, if you don’t like your chips whole then be grateful for all the air in the package!

Intel ISEF Team Profile – Mary-Anne Poyitt – ‘Up the creek’

Bushfires and other damage to bushland have an enormous impact on the surrounding environment and the delicate ecological balance. Mary-Anne used ANONA Analysis and the Simpson Index to test species variation in a bushland environment by three measures: the soil type, distance from the creek and elevation from the creek. Her study may help ecologists revive plants near creeks and in other natural environments in Australia.

Intel ISEF Team Profile – Jade Moxey – Grazing sheep on Deadly fireweed: A “BaaaaD” situation?

When working on her family farm in Bega, Jade Moxey often sees sheep feeding on fireweed. It made her wonder whether this toxic weed is moving through the food chain onto the dinner plate. Fireweed contains Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids (PAs) which can be toxic. Jade studied whether PAs entered the food chain as a result of sheep feeding on the toxic weed. She conducted blood testing, liver analysis and liver histopathology to determine whether residual PAs were present in the tissue of sheep.

Intel ISEF Team Profile – Eleanor Lawton-Wade – ‘In hot water’

Investigating the effects of increased freshwater temperature on a number of abiotic factors, as well as on populations of phytoplankton, zooplankton and algae, Eleanor collected numerous measurements and conducted a rigorous statistical analysis of the data in order to ascertain the statistical significance of her results. She thus assessed the validity of her results and their significance for the impact of climate change on the biodiversity of freshwater environments.

Intel ISEF Team Profile – Maddison King – Clever GIRL (Global Intelligent Rip Locator)

With an average of 21 Australians drowning each year in ocean rips and 90 percent of beach rescues related to rips, many swimmers lives would be saved if they were alerted in advance to avoid dangerous beaches. Inspired by her work as a lifeguard, Maddison King developed a warning system for rips, powered by the rips themselves. A turbine in her device uses the energy from the rip to power a warning signal to swimmers. Her biggest challenge was making the device waterproof and establishing an anchoring system that would not interfere with the turbine.

ISEF Team Member Profile – Rebekah Kang – Slick and clean: An investigation into the use of magnetite in oil spill clean-up

A quick clean-up of oil spills can reduce the devastating consequences of these environmental disasters on marine environments. Rebekah Kang developed a method for separating oil from water by using magnets, pantyhose and feathers. She found that magnetite granules sprinkled on oil were able to separate oil from water when swept by a device containing a magnet and organic materials such as feathers. She hopes her research could be the basis for a more effective natural clean up method of oil spills in the future.

ISEF Team Member Profile – Macinley Butson – Innovation in contralateral breast shielding design for radiotherapy cancer

It’s not often that a Year 10 student carries out clinical trials on a breast cancer device, but that’s exactly what 16-year-old Macinley Butson is doing with the Breast Shield device she invented. Macinley, who hopes to study medicine and specialise as a pathologist, developed an innovative copper device that can be used as a shield for women receiving radiation treatment for breast cancer. The device, which is made from high density interwoven copper scales, protects the contralateral breast from receiving radiation doses. This would reduce the long-term cancer risks to healthy tissue from radiation treatment.

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STANSW Young Scientist – 2017 Intel ISEF Team

The NSW Young Scientist ISEF Team

The 2017 STANSW Young Scientist students are about to travel to Los Angeles to represent Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The students are truly inspiring and it is exciting to see the amazing talent that Australia has to offer. To follow their journey over the next few weeks follow the team on







The NSW Young Scientist ISEF Team