2002 Student Winners

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Biology and Microbiology
Freya Ovington

Freya Ovington
Lyneham High School, ACT

'Colour discrimination and peripheral vision'

Peripheral vision allows netball players to watch the ball while also watching other players. Freya's project investigated whether the colour of netball players' uniforms affect their visibility on court.

She found that our ability to distinguish red, green and blue using peripheral vision is fairly similar, so uniform colour does not dramatically alter visibility in an opponent's peripheral vision. These findings may also be relevant to other sports and road safety.

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Chemistry and Biochemistry
Anne Williams

Anne Williams
St Mary's Anglican School, WA

'Inhibiting the growth of calcium oxalate crystals'

Anne's project investigated whether magnesium or citrate are able to inhibit the growth of calcium oxalate crystals.

Kidney stones are comprised primarily of calcium oxalate, so this project has interesting implications for the health sciences. The study revealed that magnesium and citrate both have an inhibitory effect upon the growth of the calcium oxalate crystals.

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Environmental and Earth Science
Andrew McLeod

Andrew McLeod
North Sydney Boys' High School, NSW

'Phytoremediation of salinised soils'

Andrew's research project explored potential solutions to soil salinisation, a problem affecting 2.5 million hectares of farmland and impacting on the National economy in terms of lost agricultural productivity.

Andrew investigated the possibility of using salt tolerant plants (halophytes) to ameliorate salinised soils and improve their productive capacity. His results show that these species can repair salt affected land, offering a possible solution to the salinity problem.

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Physics, Engineering and Technology
Jon Scott

Jon Scott
Mt Barker Waldorf School, SA

'Researching, designing and making a home studio monitor speaker system'

Jon showed amazing ingenuity to research, design and construct the circuitry and housing for a quality home speaker system. He employed sound scientific methodology to evaluate the audio system output by testing sound suppressing and absorption materials as well as using different frequencies to obtain the best combination of sound frequency.

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2002 BHP School of the Year Award
Dr Geoff Garrett, Chief Executive CSIRO & Susan Kennedy-Smith, Teacher Marshall Road State School, QLD

Marshall Road State School, QLD

Dr Geoff Garrett, Chief Executive CSIRO & Susan Kennedy-Smith, Teacher Marshall Road State School, QLD