2014 Student Winners

2014 BHP Billiton Science Awards Student Winners
2014 student winners: Jake Coppinger, Viney Kumar, Ethan Butson (First Place Engineering), Conroy Cheers (First Place Investigations), Lewis Nitschinsk, Ben Coxon

 

Investigations

First place
Winner of the 2014 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards – Investigations

Conroy Cheers
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)
2014 First place Investigations winner, Conroy Cheers with Andrew Mackenzie (CEO, BHP Billiton)

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Second place in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards – Investigations

Lewis Nitschinsk
Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, QLD

Lewis Nitschinsk

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.

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Third place in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards – Investigations

Benjamin Coxon
Trinity Anglican School, QLD

Benjamin Coxon

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.

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Engineering

First place
Winner of the 2014 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards – Engineering

Ethan Butson
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)
2014 First place Engineering winner, Ethan Butson with Andrew Mackenzie (CEO, BHP Billiton)

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Second place in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards – Engineering

Viney Kumar
Knox Grammar School, NSW

Viney Kumar

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.

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Third place in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards – Engineering

Jake Coppinger
Gungahlin College, ACT

Jake Coppinger

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.

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