Since this is the International Year of Water, the theme for this year’s award was ‘Water in our lives’. Ms Evans said this year’s competition attracted many interesting scientific investigations by nearly 200 primary school children across Australia.
“Our aim is to encourage young people with enquiring minds to consider science as a career. We were once again very pleased with the high quality and depth of knowledge demonstrated by the entries we received.”
The 2013 winners of the NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award are:
First prize in the 7 & 8 year olds age group went to Will Crisfield, Caulfield Grammar, Wheelers Hill Campus, Victoria. Will’s entry was about desalination, and he conducted an experiment about naturally obtaining drinking water from sea water. The judges said his entry was scientifically thorough and especially well-presented.
First prize in the 9 & 10 year olds age group was won by Chloe Dever from Mudgeeraba Creek State School, Queensland. Judges said her entry on ‘The Water Quality of Mudgeeraba Creek” was very well written and thought out, and displayed originality, hard work and innovation.
First prize in the 11 & 12 year olds age group was won by a Class entry from Teesdale Primary School, Teesdale Victoria. The judges were tremendously impressed by the students’ outstanding efforts in all areas of presentation with a number of innovative projects involving this year’s theme.
The judges congratulated the teachers of all the young people who entered for motivating their students and keeping them involved while they completed their projects.
The winner's school in each age category will receive a $3,000 donation, with an additional cash prize of $500 for each winning group.
NATA CEO Jennifer Evans said she congratulated all the winners and thanked everybody who entered this year’s competition. “As long as we continue to support these young people our scientific future is in good hands.”
For more information please contact:
Diane Lyons, NATA Marketing & Communications Coordinator