Local students taking out Young Scientist Awards

Thursday, 14 Nov 2019

Bishop Druitt College students have had great success in the Young Scientist Awards this year. The STANSW Young Scientist Awards is a major project of the Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales (STANSW). 

Sienna Biggs received a Most Promising award for her study of peripheral vision. She found that people with brown eyes have better peripheral vision than those with blue eyes. 

Tilly Howard received Second Place in the 7/8 Chemistry category for her work on the water content of shampoo. She determined that over seventy percent of the weight of shampoo is water and asked the question ‘why are we wasting precious resources to transport all of that unnecessary weight?’.

Bennet Mitchelhill received a Silver Award in the Regional category. He used a device to detect different brain waves while listening to music and found that classical music is not the best music to calm your mind! 

Jasmin Henson Gallardo investigated pretreatment of Acacia seeds to determine which species was most suitable for use in plantation forests and was rewarded with Second Place in the 9/10 Biology category as well as a Gold Award in the Regional category.

And finally, Emma Serisier won First Place in Earth & Environmental Science, a Sponsor Award in the Working Mathematically category, a Silver Award in the Regional category and she has been selected in the Australian team for the International Science & Engineering Fair in USA in 2020. This is the third year in a row that Emma has represented Australia, last year bringing home a Third Place (in the world) in the Animal Sciences category.

‘Overall the students won cash prizes of $1950 and Emma's trip to America is all expenses paid. A lot of hard work went into these projects and I congratulate all of these amazing young scientists.’ Alison Holier, Teacher at Bishop Druitt College. 

For more information about the Young Scientist Awards visit http://www.youngscientist.com.au/