PLC Sydney students win the 2017 USYD Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize - Primary
Image 1 (left to right): PLC Sydney students, Caitlyn Walker & Amelia Lai (Year 4).
Image 2 and 3: Caitlyn and Amelia at the Awards Dinner (Wednesday 30 August 2017) accepting their awards as Winners of the 2017 USYD Sleek geeks Science Eureka Prize - Primary.
Last night at the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner, PLC Sydney Year 4 students, Caitlyn Walker and Amelia Lai, won the 2017 Sleek Geeks Competition - Primary. Congratulations girls, we are all very proud of you!
Their entry, ‘Icy cold but toasty warm’, is an entertaining investigation into the behavioural and physical adaptations of the Antarctic region's Emperor Penguins. Using a series of models, diagrams, experiments and even song, Caitlyn and Amelia illustrated how the Penguin species stay warm in the coldest weather conditions on Earth. The University of Sydney’s Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is offered to primary and high school students who have a passion for science. This highly respected national competition sees students from around the country produce a video that communicates a scientific concept(s) in a way that is accessible and entertaining.
PLC Sydney also received two of the six Highly Commended awards for films in the same primary and high school category. Year 5 students Chloe Walker and Alyssa Buda’s film 'Cuts like a Saw' explored papercuts and why they hurt so much, while Year 6 students Sienna Haigh and Seanna Beverley-Smith looked at energy issues in 'Can Solar Save Us'.
PLC Sydney offers Sleek Geeks to interested students in the Junior School. Students are selected based on the merits of their Science projects. They then meet with classroom and subject specialty teachers on a weekly basis where they are mentored with their work, as well as supported through the movie making process. PLC Sydney’s Junior School Science Coordinator, Mrs Annie Martin, said, ‘the girls learn so much from the Sleek Geeks opportunity including persistence, patience and the need for planning! We are very proud of all the girls’ entries and congratulate the students on their great work.’
For Caitlyn and Amelia, the Sleek Geeks competition brought together four of their most favourite interests: science and their love of learning and experimentation; animals; making movies and most importantly, their friendship.
The dynamic duo are looking forward to investigating other interesting scientific topics together in the future!
Watch Caitlyn and Amelia's video, along with the other finalist's videos below:
Watch 'Icy cold but toasty warm' video
Watch 'Cuts like a Saw' video
Watch 'Can solar save us' video