Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize
The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize (ASJWP) is an annual national water science competition for senior high school students that aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges. Three finalist projects are selected to compete for the national prize at the Australian SJWP Ceremony, held at AWA’s Ozwater Conference and Exhibition in May 2014. The national Australian SJWP winner will then go on to represent Australia at the international level later in the year in Stockholm, Sweden.
QAHS entered 5 students in the 2014 competition. Three of these Aakanksha Bose, Sakhi Doshi and Lewis Nitschinsk have been shortlisted as finalists. All are QAHS 2013 graduates whose Extended Essays formed the basis of their entries.
Lewis Nitschinsk: An investigation into the optimal reclamation point of phosphate from an industrial waste water treatment facility through chemical precipitation using calcium chloride.
Aakanksha Bose: Is the inoculation of C. pyrendoisa, a fresh water algae when immobilised in sodium alginate, an effective method of removing heavy metal ions Fe2+, Zn2+and Pb2+ from contaminated water containing heavy metals?
Sakhi Doshi: The effect of a high rainfall event on the ability of a local wastewater treatment plant to maintain faecal coliforms within safe thresholds in the Gold Coast Seaway.
We wish our students all the best in the ASJWP finals and look forward to hearing their news.
QAHS has in fact had nine ASJWP finalists in five years with two (so far) national winners who then travelled to Sweden for the international competition. Pictured right Mathuja Bavan, QAHS 2010 graduate and Australian winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize in 2011. Mathuja’s project was titled Does phosphate run-off from golf courses contribute to eutrophication in adjacent water bodies on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia)?
QAHS 2011 graduate I-Ji Jung was also an Australian winner in 2012. Her project was titled: Polymer Power: The extraction of divalent heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions using Sodium Polyacrylate to treat contaminated waterways in Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia).