Student Awards

  • Investigations
    1st

    Jackson Huang

    Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology, QLD

    Effectiveness of heartburn drug combinations

    Jackson focused on understanding the interactions between different heartburn drugs and how they might affect one another. By working at the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology, Jackson found that one combination of heartburn drugs involving magnesium hydroxide may be more effective than another combination involving aluminium hydroxide.

  • Investigations
    2nd

    Melissa Gerwin

    Hellyer College, TAS

    Much Ado About Oil

    Melissa investigated the effects of an ocean oil spill on the dissolved oxygen content of water over time where the surface is covered with a body of crude oil.  She detailed the effects of possible recovery treatments (carbon sequestration by iron seeding) on the marine ecosystem.

  • Investigations
    3rd

    Benjamin Grace

    Trinity Anglican College, QLD

    Have a swingin’ time

    Benjamin investigated how the distribution of mass around a pendulum would affect its motion and modeled a method of swinging that could be used by disabled persons. The inspiration for this experiment came from observing how the motion of a swing was generated purely by a person moving their body and how this movement restricted the use of swings to able bodied persons.

  • Engineering
    1st

    Dhruv Verma

    Scotch College, VIC

    PROactive Technology for Elderly On the GO

    As the population ages, more elderly people will want to remain independent in their own homes, however in an emergency, it is imperative that help arrives in time.  PROTEGO (PROactive Technology for Elderly on the GO) is a simple and innovative solution to monitor the movements of elderly people in their own homes so that they never feel too far away.

  • Engineering
    2nd

    Conroy Cheers

    John Monash Science School, VIC

    Vehicle Air Pollution Control

    Air pollution from road vehicles is a serious problem of our modern world.  Conroy invented an air quality monitoring and response system, designed to be fitted to cars and other road vehicles.  The system can be a tool for government agencies to detect heavily polluting vehicles and to reduce pollutant levels inside individual car cabins.

  • Engineering
    3rd

    Somya Mehra

    Balwyn High School, VIC

    Integrating Technologies for the Production of Bioelectricity and Bioethanol

    Bioethanol and bioelectricity are sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels.  Somya developed a microbial fuel cell that simultaneously produces bioethanol and bioelectricity from glucose.  This innovative and low-cost device has the potential to enhance the viability of bio-energy generation with further refinement.

Finalists

Investigations

Alexandra Garth

Redeemer Baptist School, NSW

Stay Tuned

Alexandra produced conclusive evidence that repetitive playing of a flute or violin increases the high-frequency sensitivity of a musician’s hearing. Extending her investigation performed six years earlier, subjects who started playing these instruments during the interim period displayed an average 740Hz increase, compared to the mean 1520Hz deterioration in auditory sensitivity.

Investigations

Christy Zheng

Methodist Ladies College, VIC

Effect of extracellular ion concentration on cell apoptosis and carcinogenesis

Christy investigated the effects of varying extracellular potassium and sodium ion concentration on apoptosis (programmed cell death) when cells are exposed to ultraviolet-B radiation. Varying the concentrations of these particular ions in a cell's extracellular environment may play a crucial role in the activation or inhibition of apoptotic pathways and carcinogenesis. Results indicated that a higher concentration of potassium ions decreased the rate of apoptosis, whilst a higher concentration of sodium ions increased the rate of apoptosis.

Investigations

Claire Yung

Lyneham High School, ACT

The Angle of Repose in Sand: Minimising Lost Distance in Long Jump

Claire investigated the factors which affect sand’s collapse and angle of repose in a simulated long jump landing.  She found that long jump distance loss is minimised through increased sand moisture content, but is also dependent on sand’s physical characteristics of grain size distribution and shape. Her results can be applied to long jump competitions to improve measurement accuracy.

Investigations

Florence Ho

Methodist Ladies College, VIC

Nutrient starvation and salt stress on antibiotic tolerance in Escherichia coli

Florence investigated the effect of nutrient starvation and salt stress on antibiotic tolerance. She determined that decreasing nutrient concentrations and increasing salt concentrations could contribute towards decreased susceptibility of Escherichia coli to a range of antibiotics. This is of particular importance due to increasing concern of antibiotic misuse in medical situations, leading to antibiotic resistant bacterial strains.

Investigations

Hannah Sutton

St Mary’s College, TAS

Need for Weed

Many fuels produce harmful levels of greenhouse gasses and come from non-renewable sources.  Using fermentation chambers and an ethanol sensor, Hannah investigated the use of globally abundant weeds for fuel. It showed that certain weeds such as lupin can produce very high levels of ethanol and hence the possibility for their use as a bioethanol fuel is promising.

Investigations

Jeeyoon (Jeenie) Kim

Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, QLD

Efficiency of Organoclay in Preventing Hydrocarbon Contamination of Groundwater

Jeeyoon determined the percentage of Organoclay® in sand that is required to safely prevent hydrocarbon contaminants from leaking out of underground fuel tanks at petrol stations. Hydrocarbon contamination in groundwater is a concern as exposure to compounds contained in hydrocarbon can lead to serious health problems, and Organoclay® has been developed to absorb the contaminants in petroleum.

Investigations

Joanne Park

Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, QLD

Determination of the Optimum Degraded Vegetable Oil in Biodiesel Production with Methanol

The rising levels of greenhouse gas emissions are a global environmental threat, but the emissions from motor vehicles may be combated with renewable biodiesel fuel, if a suitable source is found.  Joanne researched the feasibility of using readily available waste vegetable oils as the basis for biodiesel including the optimum oil to be used considering its susceptibility to degradation after usage.

Investigations

Kimberley Hardwick

Trinity Anglican College, QLD

Raising the Roof

Kimberley investigated the effect that pitch, surface area of roofs and the positioning of openings had on the uplift of a roof in a windy environment.  Her results can be used to make recommendations in roof and house design to lessen the impact of cyclonic winds on households in cyclone prone areas such as Far-north Queensland.

Investigations

Liam Grieve

Burnie High School, TAS

Effects of Biofumigation on Fungi

The effects of biofumigation on fungi examines whether or not some plants have the ability to biofumigate soils.  Liam used two types of fungi, both of which can infect wheat and two bio-fumigants to inhibit the growth of the fungi.  His results showed the potential plants have to biofumigate soil and decrease reliance on man-made fungicides.

Investigations

Nick East

Lyneham High School, ACT

Investigation of Recombinant Honeybee Silk for Biomedical Applications

Honeybee silk protein can be made artificially at an industrial scale, but further work is needed to purify the protein and characterise new silk biomaterials. Nick’s project demonstrated that honeybee silk can be substantially purified by simple heat treatment and materials prepared from silk protein can be used for controlled-release of small drug-like chemicals.

Investigations

Nripan Wilson

Perth Modern School, WA

Investigation into Imidazolinone herbicide resistance of wheat individuals

Weeds are a major problem affecting many countries including Australia, annually accounting for millions of dollars in losses.  When chemical controls are used, wheat also suffers in yield, adaptability and quality, so herbicide resistant is sought.  Nripan identified Imidazolinone resistant wheat individuals within the Intergrain breeding program.

Investigations

Patrick Lee

Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, QLD

Solid Phase Extraction of Ammonia

Patrick realised that commercial cotton masks are unable to filter toxic pollutants such as ammonia from the air. He selected five materials that displayed promise and tested them by packing the materials inside plastic straws before passing Ammonia gas through the straw into water.  Ammonia was detected by a change in pH of the water.  Lastly, the best material was tested at increasing amounts to examine the efficiency improvement.

Investigations

Sang Won Cheung

Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, QLD

Effectiveness of marine algae as biological treatments of industrial wastewater

Treatment of industrial wastewater from coal mining by traditional methods can have several disadvantages and high costs.  Sang Won investigated an alternative treatment of waste water pollutants (lead, nitrate and ammonium) using marine microalgae.  Results showed marine microalgae were effective in removing pollutant; with greater efficacy when several algae were used in combination.

Investigations

Viboo Mihindu

Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, QLD

Analysing the Free Fatty Acid Content of Used Cooking Oil for the Production of Biodiesel

Used cooking oils (UCOs) are widely regarded as viable feedstock for biodiesel production. When heated, and reheated, the oil undergoes hydrolysis and Free Fatty Acids (FFAs) are formed.  These FFAs reduce the yield of biodiesel significantly.  Identification of the UCO least prone to forming FFAs after repeated heating will be beneficial to the industry.

Investigations

William Gibbs

Daramalan College, ACT

The Effect of Increased Carbon Dioxide on Wheat and Canola Growth

William assessed the effects of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on canola and wheat plant growth. The plants were grown in two atmospherically controlled greenhouses, one at an ambient CO2 concentration, and the other at 45% increased CO2 concentration. The elevated CO2 concentration caused 30% and 10% growth increase in the canola and wheat respectively.

Engineering

Benjamin Gibson

Redeemer Baptist School, NSW

Trek Mate

Redeemer Baptist School recently led a medical mission to remote villages in Papua New Guinea. Sensitive equipment was damaged because of the jolting it received whilst being carried. The Trek Mate was designed to safely carry the equipment, particularly a solar generator from village to village and over rugged mountain trails, using the traditional method of transportation.

Engineering

Chanum Torres

Redeemer Baptist School, NSW

Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy is a project that has identified an alarming consequence of leaving your car’s air-conditioning on recirculation: inadequate control of carbon dioxide levels inside the cabin.  Chanum designed the Automated Vehicle Interior Air Quality Regulator to automatically switch the car’s ventilation when safe levels of CO2 are surpassed, bringing in fresh air and maintaining ‘safe’ levels as per the Australian Standards.

Engineering

Danae Pilla

Burdekin Catholic High School, QLD

Locking Cyclonic Panic Away

Living in North Queensland is a privilege, but at a cost – cyclones.  JCU’s cyclone testing station reports and tropical cyclone Yasi reports have shown that the weakest point in any house is the roller door.  Danae developed a simple “Do It Yourself” kit that is easily applied, accessible and removable to the susceptible area that could eliminate this problem.

Engineering

Ethan Butson

Illawarra Grammar School, NSW

Magnetro: Magnetically Improved Radiation Oncology for Cancer Treatment

Ethan’s project, Magnetro, improves radiotherapy treatments through optimising a magnetic field to "sweep away the bad stuff". The electron contamination (i.e. “bad stuff”) produced by the X-Ray beam treating the tumour at depth, can cause skin burning and increase the risk of new cancers forming. Magnetro creates a stronger and more uniform magnetic field allowing for the best method of electron contamination removal.

Engineering

Oliver Nicholls

Barker College, NSW

A physical model to verify theoretical pulsar models

Radio telescopes have been observing pulsars (ultra-dense remnants of collapsed supernovae) for many years. Oliver built and tested a unique physical pulsar model and receiving system, emulating a telescope and supercomputer. Readings from the model were compared to observations of actual pulsar emissions made by astronomers validating the model and their theories.

Primary Winners

Investigations

Connor Van Der Ploeg

Stella Maris Primary School, TAS

Perishing Pots

Investigations

Lucy Eichinger

St Peters Girls School, SA

Do Brains=Intelligence?

Investigations

Mia Cameron

Abbotsleigh Junior School, NSW

To Determine if Elevated Levels of CO2 will Increase the Yield of Farmed Algae

Investigations

Timothy Hanna

Sans Souci Public School, NSW

Does Cycling Antibiotics Reduce the Development of E.coli Resistance?

Engineering

Benjamin Knappick

St Ignatius College, NSW

Enviro Air Billboard 3000

Engineering

Heath Eickhoff

Hallet Cove School, SA

The Solar Tracker

Engineering

Lawrence Pawar

Haileybury, VIC

Auto-Smart Life Saver

Engineering

Seth Coppock

St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, Engadine, NSW

The Weighted Pencil - A Therapeutic Device for Dyspraxia

Semi-Finalists

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Investigations

Aditya Te Lintel Hekkert

Lyneham High School, ACT

Comparison of cost and sound absorption of sound insulation materials

Investigations

Alexandra Betheras

Trinity Anglican School, QLD

Research into the effectiveness of Escherichia coli control by different surfactants

Engineering

Alexandra Raleigh

Presbyterian Ladies College, NSW

The Flying Wheelchair

Investigations

Alyne Gollon

Mount Saint Joseph, NSW

The Strongest Milk Plastic

Investigations

Andrea Bianco

Freeman Catholic College, NSW

The Effects of a Combination of Factors on the Retention of Short Term Memory

Investigations

Aneesa Abdi Rashio

Al Amanah College, NSW

Cress Plants - A Model for Drug, Chemical and Polluntant Toxicity

Investigations

Angel Low

Sheldon College, QLD

Investigating the strength of natural antibiotics

Investigations

Angela Yan

Ruyton Girls School, VIC

The wonders of feet

Investigations

Arthur Brammall

Shore School, NSW

Perceived Attractiveness of the Two Hemifaces and Gender Differences

Investigations

Benjamin Harvey

Cranbrook School, NSW

In Pursuit of Emu Egg White Lysozyme

Investigations

Bianca Byfield

Queensland Academy of Health Sciences, QLD

The Effect of Acid Rain on Wheatgrass

Engineering

Cameron McCormack

Australian Science and Mathematics School, SA

Oxygen Generating Wrist Band

Engineering

Cameron McCormack

Australian Science and Mathematics School, SA

Platinum-Osmium Catalyst Torch

Investigations

Chun Yu

Fahan School, TAS

How do you like your eggs?

Investigations

Darren de Vos

Albany Senior High School, WA

The effect of temerature on shrimp growth

Investigations

Eddie Seung Hun Han

Prince Alfred College, SA

Effect of Computer Technology on Reading

Investigations

Eleanor Forwood

Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, VIC

High School Students' bags and their health impacts

Investigations

Elise Keleher

Telopea Park School, ACT

The effect of musical training on aptitude for simple voice echolocation

Investigations

Elise Kellett

Lyneham High School, ACT

The Effect of Nicotine on Plants by Measuring Growth and Cell Mutation

Investigations

Emily Hulme

Sheldon College, QLD

Analysis of the Effects of Simulated Acid Precipitation on Nostoc and Chlorella Algae

Investigations

Emily Sun

Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology, QLD

North Stradbroke Island Ecology Investigation

Investigations

Gabriella Anna Lynch

Methodist Ladies College, VIC

Investigation of meridianiite

Engineering

Heidi Woolf

Methodist Ladies College, VIC

The Ready Ramp

Investigations

Hyo Jeong (Maki) Kim

Queensland Academy of Health Sciences, QLD

Fast Food Impact in South Korea

Investigations

Ian Garth

Redeemer Baptist School, NSW

Saving Lives with Laminar Flow

Investigations

Isabella Pozzi

Trinity Anglican School, QLD

An investigation into the role of duchweed's removal of phosphate

Engineering

Jadyn D'Mello

Mazenod College, VIC

AETHER

Engineering

Jaison Rajan

Redeemer Baptist School, NSW

Can an object travel faster than the wind while being powered only by the wind?

Investigations

James Walker

Cranbrook School, NSW

Comparison of the breaking strain of fishing line

Investigations

Jamin Wu

Perth Modern School, WA

Effects of an insulin-like drug and implications or biotechnology

Investigations

Jennifer Wild

Burnie High School, TAS

It's in the Bag

Engineering

Jesse Tang-Carrion

Sheldon College, QLD

The Automatic Hot Chip Maker

Investigations

Jessica Broad

Trinity Anglican School, QLD

Ocean Commotion

Investigations

Joel Kurt Jettner

Darwin High School, NT

Methods of remembering codes

Investigations

Josie Jakovac

Hills Adventist College, NSW

The Effect of Various Surfactants on the Convection Process in Ferrofluid

Investigations

Justin Marcellienus

Freeman Catholic College, NSW

The Most Efficient Algorithm to Solve a Rubiks Cube

Investigations

Karina Brown

Mercy Catholic College, NSW

To compare the size of DNA molecules in different plants

Investigations

Kiera Byrne

Trinity Anglican School, QLD

Disfigurements to hard Hats Make a Strong Impact

Investigations

Lachie Muir

Shore School, NSW

The effect of different substances on the strength and durability of ice

Investigations

Lachlan Dick

Yolla District High School, TAS

Tempermental Silage

Engineering

Lachlan Gibson

Sheldon College, QLD

The Automatic Hot Chip Maker

Investigations

Laura Nuttall

Telopea Park School, ACT

Effects of glass cover thickness on energy output of photovoltaic cells

Engineering

Macinley Butson

Illawarra Grammar School, NSW

Slow Your Row 2.0 With Sluguard Protection

Engineering

Maddy Coenen

Methodist Ladies College, VIC

The Ready Ramp

Investigations

Madeleine Brown

St Columba Anglican School, NSW

Ultraviolet Light Absorbency Levels and UV Clothing

Investigations

Maeve Grieve

Burnie High School, TAS

Water Under the Bridge

Investigations

Malki Senanayake

Hornsby Girls High School, NSW

Antimicrobial Effects of Various Spices and Herbs

Investigations

Matthew Sullivan

Shore School, NSW

The effect of different perceptual environments on the ability to measure time

Investigations

Michael Boult

Hutchins School, TAS

What Effects a Wind Turbine?

Engineering

Mitchell Nicmanis

St John's Grammar, SA

Plastic to Fuel Converter

Investigations

Natasha Vermeulen

Albany Senior High School, WA

The comparison of egg production and quality between free range and caged hens

Investigations

Nicole Sung

Presbyterian Ladies College, NSW

Is Grey the new Green?

Investigations

Norhan Elkhauly

Queensland Academy of Health Sciences, QLD

Investigating the antimicrobial agents in Salvadora Persica on Escherichia coli

Investigations

Rachel Cass

Lyneham High School, ACT

How Much Hotter Could Grey Get?

Investigations

Samantha Beake

Daramalan College, ACT

The best thermal mass and insulation in solar passive houses

Investigations

Sarah Ikin

Fahan School, TAS

How do you like your eggs?

Engineering

Sarath Joseph

Mazenod College, VIC

AETHER

Engineering

Sean Callister

Tasmanian eSchool, TAS

'Clean Energy On The Farm!'

Investigations

Shania Miller

Daramalan College, ACT

The best thermal mass and insulation in solar passive houses

Investigations

Stanley Luk

Sydney Church of England Grammar School, NSW

The effect of water flow rate on electrical conductivity

Investigations

Tate Hancox

Urrbrae Agricultural High School, SA

The Effects of Various Cutting Treatments on the Propagation of Rose Cuttings

Investigations

Tiana Litchfield

Methodist Ladies College, VIC

Music to Our Ears

Investigations

Timothy Hill

Hills Adventist College, NSW

Taste Optimisation of Water Purification Techniques

Investigations

Tristan Maddocks

Trinity Anglican School, QLD

Investigating Geomembranes

Investigations

Vincent Chen

Queensland Academy of Health Sciences, QLD

Effect of Oxidative Stress on Quorum Sensing

Investigations

William Tsai

Queensland Academy of Health Sciences, QLD

The Effect of Nitrate Levels on the Growth of Anobae circinalis

Investigations

Zoe Askitis

Ruyton Girls School, VIC

The wonders of feet

Investigations

Zue Nutley Gilmour

Trinity Anglican School, QLD

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Primary Encouragement Awards

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Abigail Ellis

Woodcroft Primary School, SA

Adam Gibson

Redeemer Baptist School, NSW

Ainsley Everett

Gib Gate Primary School, NSW

Alesha Smith

St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, Engadine, NSW

Aleska Novakovic

St Paul Lutheran School, SA

Alex Beaumont

Launceston Church Grammar School, TAS

Alex Bowdler

St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, Engadine, NSW

Alexandra Stephenson

Adelaide Hills Homeschool Group, SA

Aliya Gray

Caulfield South Primary School, VIC

Ambrose Bell

Leda Primary School, WA

Amelie Grattan

Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW

Amy Jackson

Mudgeeraba Creek State School, QLD

Anaya Munro

O'Connor Primary School, WA

Andrew Lim

Trinity Grammar School, VIC

Anhad Jangra

Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School, QLD

Anneliese Howie

Hills Adventist College, NSW

Antonino Furfaro

Holy Family Primary School, NSW

Bella Crehan

Regency Park Primary School, VIC

Beth Hennessy

Flemington Primary School, VIC

Bogdan Novakovic

St Paul Lutheran School, SA

Calum Kennedy

Seaforth Public School, NSW

Cameron Farrugia

Glenhaven Public School, NSW

Christopher Martin

St Ignatius College, NSW

Danielle Gibson

Redeemer Baptist School, NSW

Dylan Welsford-Brink

East Launceston Primary School, TAS

Ethan Jonsson

Home Schooled, QLD

Ethan Tuttle

East Launceston Primary School, TAS

Grace Lewis

Gib Gate Primary School, NSW

Hadyn Tang

Trinity Grammar School, VIC

Hannah Shaw

Castle Cove Public School, NSW

Harriet Mackie

Gib Gate Primary School, NSW

Harrison Emery

Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School, QLD

Harry Hansom

Bicton Primary School, WA

Hugh Simpson

Lab Rats Science Club, VIC

Isaac Cheng

St Andrew's School, SA

Jaimeson Bannister

St Ignatius College, NSW

James Butler

Camelot Rise Primary School, VIC

Joseph Anderson

Benowa State Primary School, QLD

Joshua Ellis

Woodcroft Primary School, SA

Joshua Knight

Heathdale Christian College, VIC

Julian O'Rourke

John XXIII College, WA

Kaylah Kamid

Leda Primary School, WA

Kaylee Simpson

Table Cape Primary School, TAS

Keeley Barrance

Albany Hills State School, QLD

Kira Macarthur

Georges River Grammar, NSW

Lachlan Cooley

Wellers Hill State School, QLD

Lily Bowdler

St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, Engadine, NSW

Miles Chilcott

Launceston Church Grammar School, TAS

Natasha Long

Gib Gate Primary School, NSW

Nate Sylow

Pacific Pines State School, QLD

Nathan Lilly

Albany Hills State School, QLD

Noah Carter

Mudgeeraba Creek State School, QLD

Noah Fraser

Scotch College, VIC

Oliver Horigan

Caulfield South Primary School, VIC

Olivia Amor

Flemington Primary School, VIC

Owen Xie

Citipointe Christian College, QLD

Pema Deane

Balgowlah Heights Public School, NSW

Reuben Smale

Lab Rats Science Club, VIC

Ryall Barrett

Mudgeeraba Creek State School, QLD

Samarbir Singh

St Andrew's School, SA

Samuel Byrne

Bicton Primary School, WA

Samuel Parmenter

Camberwell Grammar School, VIC

Seamus McIlroy

Brighton Primary School, VIC

Seanna Fitzpatrick

Junction Park Primary School, QLD

Sophia Dall

Bicton Primary School, WA

Talis Avery Menon

Armadale Primary School, WA

Thomas Cooley

Wellers Hill State School, QLD

Thomas Wyly

Launceston Church Grammar School, TAS

Ty Fitzpatrick

Junction Park Primary School, QLD

Viktoria Mironova

Lab Rats Science Club, VIC

William Eason

Samford State School, QLD

William Emery

Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School, QLD