2019 QAHS graduate students George Tian and Max Woodcock were selected as finalists for Australia's most prestigious school science and engineering awards.
The awards are a partnership between CSIRO, BHP Foundation and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), recognising the best and brightest student researchers and innovators in the country.
Both our students started their journey by undertaking an Extended Essay in Science. Their completed research paper then received official recognition at the Gold Coast Science Competition and Science Teachers Association of Queensland (STAQ) awards.
Their research questions, detailed below, demonstrated high level analytical rigour and real world significance:
Removing Aquatic Pollutants
reducing EHMC (a compound used in sunscreens and cosmetics), in water, in an effective and cost-efficient way through absorption with organoclay, which could ultimately assist in preventing coral bleaching.
Click to view George's BHP video interview below:
Bioremediation of Oil Contamination in Aquatic Environments
studied the effectiveness of cyanobacteria in biodegrading oil over seven days. The promising results offer more options for addressing oil contamination in aquatic environments such as oil spills.
Click to view Max's BHP video interview below:
We would also like to congratulate 2019 graduate Annabel Jellett who was a BHP semi-finalist following the submission of her science Internal Assessment (IA). This is a rare and outstanding achievement, due to the more limited scope and time allocated towards the IA process.
These students are a great inspiration to our current cohort of Year 12 researchers who are currently working hard to develop their Extended Essays.
For more information about the awards go to www.scienceawards.org.au
Mr Paul Mitchell
HOD Science and Enrichment