STEM Student Opportunity - International Science and Engineering Fair
24 May 2021
Each year more than 1,800 students from Year 9 to 12 earn the right to compete at ISEF by winning a top prize at a Society-affiliated local, regional, state or national science fair. This includes Australian students who have won prizes at the STANSW Young Scientist Awards. This is a great way to reward students for their innovative work in STEM, Science and Design and Technology.
ISEF finalists compete for nearly $5 million in awards, prizes and scholarships.
Australia’s Success through STANSW Young Scientist Awards 2021 Results
NSW young scientists at the virtual 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). At the Grand Awards ceremony held in the early hours of Saturday morning (Sydney time), NSW students won 5 Grand Awards, which is truly amazing!
Of special significance is that all five NSW Grand Award winners won with major projects that were submitted for either the HSC Science Extension course or the HSC Design and Technology course. It is a tribute to NESA that the quality of their Science Extension and Technology curriculums produce major projects that are truly world standard.
It is also exciting and trailblazing that DET students, Sarah Hens (Menai High School) and Maja Dalby-Ball Olson (Barrenjoey High School) won 1st and 2nd Grand Awards respectively for their Science Extension projects. We have never before had DET students win awards at this exceptionally high level. This new Science Extension course which focuses on the authentic application of scientific research skills has given students from all over NSW amazing opportunities to undertake ground-breaking research in the context of their own school.
First Award of $5,000, BEHAVIOURAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Sarah Hens, Menai High School — A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Differential Efficacy of Ginkgo biloba, Ginseng, Curcuma longa Linn. and Vinpocetine on Spatial Learning and Memory in Mice (Science Extension project – Young Scientist team)
Second Award of $2,000, PLANT SCIENCES
Maja Dalby-Ball Olson, Barrenjoey High School — Variation in Flammability of Flora in the Sydney Sandstone Vegetation Community (Science Extension project – BHP team)
Third Award of $1,000, ENGINEERING MECHANICS
Liam Davies, Gosford High School — The CycleHub – A Prototype For The Future Of Cycling (Design & Technology project – Young Scientist team)
Third Award of $1,000, ROBOTICS AND INTELLIGENT MACHINES
Hannah Jones, St Columba Anglican School — RoboBall (Design & Technology project – BHP team)
Fourth Award of $500, PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY,
Alexander Gray, Barker College — A General Vector Theory of the Dynamics of a Rapidly Rotating Top (Science Extension – Young Scientist team)
University of Arizona — $40,000 Renewal Tuition Scholarship
Antonio Shane Rajaratnam, Redeemer Baptist School — The Survival of the Fairy : An In-Depth Survey into the Behavior and Life Cycle of the Sand Fairy Cicada, Year 3 (Science Extension project – Young Scientist team)