2019 STAWA Science Talent Search Awards
On Monday 23 September, a large contingent of students from Carmel attended the Science Teachers Association on Western Australia (STAWA) Science Talent Search Awards. The students were finalists across the Science Engineering, Science Investigation and the Science Communication categories.
The Science Talent Search was introduced at Carmel in 2016 with a small group of Year 9 students. Over the following years, the Science staff expanded the competition across all lower school classes and have incorporated it into the curriculum. This year had students from Year 7-11 enter the competition and as a School, we had our best performance ever with seven entries placing. The second-highest performing school on the night had four entries place. As a result of the students’ combined success, Carmel School was awarded the prize for ‘Secondary School of the Year’.
Special mention to the Year 7/8 Engineering entries that took out all places in that category and to Jesse G for winning first place in the Engineering section for the third year in a row!
Congratulations to our finalists and thank you to all students who participated in the Science Talent Search and to the brilliant Science staff for offering and promoting the competition in the school.
First Place Winners
Annabel M, Naomi K & Erica S (Engineering)
Jesse G (Engineering)
Ashri F (Photography)
Second Place Winners
Lily B & Alexa B (Engineering)
Third Place Winners
Asher A (Short Film)
Michael Y (Investigation)
Gila K, Ariella S & Sophia K (Engineering)
Engineering Year 7-8: First Place
These students developed a water-saving system for the shower. The Shower + system is located beneath the normal shower recess and recycles, heats and cleans/filters the water so that it can be reused in a hygienic way impacting water cost and reducing the impact of water overuse on the environment.
Naomi K (Year 7), Annabel M (Year 7) and Erica S (Year 7)
Engineering Year 11-12: First Place
As an aspiring commercial pilot, Jesse has used the competition to solve many issues encountered in the aviation industry. In this instance he wanted to solve the issue of water and ice, which have always been and always will be a pestilence to aircraft causing hydroplaning. His invention was the H2Zero, an extendable and retractable roller arm that deflects water and ice from the immediate vicinity of the aircraft’s tires. This means that the tires have maximal contact with the runway’s asphalt surface thus practically eliminating the risk of hydroplaning entirely.
Jesse G (Year 11)
Science Photography Year 7-8: First Place
Ashri presented a series of photographs that showed the story of his own allergic response after a visit to an allergy specialist and linked the photographs to the theory behind the human body’s reaction.
Ashri F (Year 8)
Engineering Year 7-8: Second Place
Alexa and Lily designed a cotton mitten for animals that suffer from burnt limbs in a bushfire. The purpose was to help these suffering animals by making a product that accelerates healing time. They created a mitten that is a 100% cotton with healing Manuka honey and eucalyptus dressing. The cotton is soft on their hands and the eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, the manuka honey is also helpful because it is soothing and healing.
Alexa B (Year 8) and Lily B (Year 8)
Engineering Year 7-8: Third Place
These students sought to create an alternative to the ‘snooze button’. The research found that the use of the snooze button can increase your risks of developing lifestyle and diseases, for example Type 2 diabetes and depression. They engineered a modified bed which vibrates, and the vibrations will gently wake an individual and prevent them from returning to slumber.
Ariella S (Year 7), Sofia K (Year 7) and Gila K (Year 7)
Investigation Year 7-8: Third Place
Michael designed a psychological study to figure out if flying dreams stop happening as you get older. He surveyed over 150 people from age groups ranging 6-65 and found that the youngest age group had the most flying dreams, but what surprised him was that the older group (50-65), had the second-largest number of flying dreams.
Michael Y (Year 7)
Science Video Year 11-12: Third Place
Asher presented a short film describing the role of clams in filtering and sequestering carbon and nitrogen from polluted waterways, with his entry cleverly titled 'Courteous Cleaning Clams’.
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