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Image (second from left to right): PLC Sydney students Eliza Martin (Year 9), Rebekah Kang (Year 11) and Eleanor Lawton-Wade (Year 11) made up three of the seven members of the 2017 Intel ISEF STANSW Young Scientist Team. 

Amongst more than 1700 of the brightest young minds from around the world, two PLC Sydney students claimed top prizes representing Australia at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles, California, last week.
At the Special Awards Ceremony, Eleanor Lawton-Wade (Year 11) was announced as a recipient of the King Abdul-Aziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity Award for her research entitled 'In hot water: An investigation into the effects of rising freshwater temperatures on water chemistry and microorganism biomass and productivity’.
The following night, at the Grand Awards Ceremony, Rebekah Kang (Year 11) was awarded third place in the Environmental Engineering category for her research entitled ‘Slick and Clean: An investigation into the use of magnetite in oil spill clean-up’. 
The Fair, held at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, opened on 14 May and ran for five days.

The students presented their research as oversized posters, measuring over two metres in height. Guided by the NSW Young Scientist Awards organisers, they prepared for the judging by presenting talks and responding to questions from teachers, scientists and judges from previous fairs. At the Fair, students were quizzed extensively by eight specialist judges and numerous students and visitors to the ISEF. 
Approximately 1700 finalists from 78 countries, regions, and territories competed in the Intel ISEF this year, after qualifying for the event by winning regional and state science fairs.
Rebekah and Eleanor were selected to represent Australia as a result of their excellent research submitted to the 2016 STANSW Young Scientist Awards. These awards are a major project of the Science Teachers' Association of New South Wales (STANSW).
‘To represent Australia at such an event is a significant achievement. We extend our congratulations to both students on their inclusion in the team and for achieving their awards’. Mrs Jo McGrouther, Head of Science.

In addition, Eliza Martin (Year 9) travelled with the team, representing Australia at the Broadcom Masters International which brings together middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in scientific research.

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