Year 10 students, Keeley Hine-Haycock, Alana Bellette, Saakshi Dhakal, Spriha Paudel, Chloe Cooper and Eloise Deconinck have achieved something truly remarkable this year.
The girls, with the support and guidance of their science teacher Heather Omant, have all earned CSIRO Gold CREST Awards for their extended science investigations, which they have been working on for the majority of the year in partnership with mentors from the University of Tasmania and CSIRO.
The nationally recognised award is the highest accolade a student in Australia can receive for a science investigation in the CSIRO CREST (Creativity in Science, Engineering and Technology) program.
The topic that students choose for their investigation must demonstrate a high degree of originality, and extensive background research is essential. Students must spend at least 100 hours on their project with the support of their STEM mentor.
At Gold level, students’ work should contribute something new to the scientific or technological community or to a particular field of study. The projects are assessed by the students’ teacher and mentor, as well as an external assessor, before they are sent to the National CREST Office for final approval.
The reports which the girls wrote were of remarkable standard, with the final assessor commenting the following: ‘I am truly humbled by the efforts of all the students … Words fail me as to how much I admire what they have achieved.’
Keeley, Alana, Saakshi, Spriha, Chloe and Eloise are no strangers to the limelight this year, also winning prizes in the Tasmanian Science Talent Search, and their projects were nominated as state entrants in the BHP Billiton National Science Awards.
Congratulations, girls – we are super proud of your efforts!