2014 Student Winners
2014 student winners: Jake Coppinger, Viney Kumar, Ethan Butson (First Place Engineering), Conroy Cheers (First Place Investigations), Lewis Nitschinsk, Ben Coxon
Caulfield Grammar School, VIC
Project Title: The effects of texting on driving safety
The use of mobile phones while driving is an illegal, dangerous, yet common activity. Conroy developed a method by which the risks of texting while driving, through hands-on and new hands-free methods could be measured. This process has potential as an educational tool to allow people to experience the dangers of texting while driving.
2014 First place Investigations winner, Conroy Cheers with Andrew Mackenzie (CEO, BHP Billiton)
Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, QLD
Project Title: The optimal reclamation point of phosphate from waste water
Phosphorous is a commonly used chemical in the production of industrial products. Lewis investigated the optimal reclamation point of phosphate from the water from a treatment facility of a factory through chemical precipitation. Results indicated that the highest percentage reclamation was in the untreated water sample.
Trinity Anglican School, QLD
Project Title: Force absorption capacity of sand
To improve the safety of playgrounds, Benjamin investigated the suitability of sand as a playground surface. His results determined the depth and type of sand that should be used for maximum absorption and safety.
The Illawarra Grammar School, NSW
Project Title: SMART: Stroke management with augmented reality technology
Ethan created the SMART (Stroke Management with Augmented Reality Technology) system - a camera based augmented reality system that aims to aid the recovery and increase the safety of stroke patients. By manipulating what they can see, a clearer visual picture is provided to the patient.
2014 First place Engineering winner, Ethan Butson with Andrew Mackenzie (CEO, BHP Billiton)
Knox Grammar School, NSW
Project Title: The PART program: A signalling system for emergency vehicles
Viney's PART (Police and Ambulances Regulating Traffic) program is an innovative signalling system for emergency vehicles. It will supplement the current sirens and lights systems which have serious limitations in clearing traffic. This will improve response times, potentially saving lives, property and bushland.
Gungahlin College, ACT
Project Title: Swirlesque: A new form of human-computer interaction
Jake developed the Swirlesque glove - a new and unique form of human-computer interaction. It recognises natural hand gestures and performs actions, communicating through smartphone apps.