Science Talent Search Stars

Congratulations to all the students who submitted entries to the Science Talent Search competition, which took place over the past few months. The following students were awarded bursaries at an award ceremony held on 28 October:

Kiera E, Year 6; Rebecca P, Year 7; Leon P, Year 10; Eden G, Year 9; Vanessa R, Year 9

Eden and Vanessa wrote this account of their experience:

Earlier this year a number of students from the Primary, Middle and Senior Schools began the journey to create a project for the Science Talent Search competition. This is an opportunity for school students of varying ages to express their scientific interests separate from the environment of a classroom.

The theme for this year’s competition was “Destination Moon: More Missions, More Science”. However, each student got to choose the format in which they wanted to present their project. Some students even diverged from the theme to do their own experimental research.

My team decided to stick to the theme and make an animation on moon exploration. Our animation centred around a fictional character, Dr Alex Stephan, and the moon base, M1SS1ON: MOON. He led a tour around the base explaining the purpose of each environment and how it came to be.

Earlier this year, we participated in the Jewish Schools STS Judging day held here, at Bialik College. Here explained our project and its purpose and answered questions from external judges.

In the last few months, all the submissions from across Victoria were assessed by a panel of judges. We were among the 667 other students across Victoria to win a Bursary Award. There were 2327 entries from over 3000 students.

On Monday the 28 October, we joined some other students from Bialik at the award ceremony at La Trobe University, Bundoora. Here we got to see other winning entries as well as explore the vast campus. We also got to hear from an interesting keynote speaker, James Kennedy. He is the author of the well-respected book, Fighting Chemophobia.

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