International Science Youth Conference
In mid-January 2016 Year 11 students Jade Lin and Emma Liu, together with Mrs Fiona Hendriks, attended the annual International Science Youth Conference (ISYF) in Singapore. The girls were selected to attend the conference after being awarded the Dr Burgis Award for Excellence in Scientific Research.
The five-day program was held at Hwa Chong Institute and provided a wonderful opportunity to meet, speak with and learn from Nobel laureates and other students from some of the best science high schools in the world.
The event featured a poster competition in which students from each country prepared and presented a science research project. Jade represented PLC Sydney with the presentation of her project, Plastic: A Pesky Problem. The project explored developments in the natural products used in the manufacture of bioplastics to increase their viability when competing with traditional plastics. Jade aimed to identify the bioplastic with the greatest tensile strength and water resistivity out of plastics produced from agar, corn-starch and a blend of agar and corn-starch, hypothesising that the agar-based would be the strongest and most resistive to water.
Jade received third place in the ISYF People’s Choice awards as well as first place in Chemistry in the 2016 STANSW Awards. The winning project, presented by two students from Cité Scolaire Internationale de Grenoble in France, explored the concept of making solar phone chargers out of blueberry juice.
Both girls had the opportunity to participate in a masterclass with eminent scientists who shared their research in areas ranging from identical twinning to string theory. They were also able to meet with seven Nobel laureates in a Nobel forum and dialogue, and visit two of Singapore’s best science-based universities and institutes: A*Star and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
During their stay the students visited many of Singapore’s landmarks and tourist attractions. They also formed many new friendships with other students who attended the conference from a wide range of countries including Estonia, Turkey and the USA. This enabled the girls to develop a greater awareness of and appreciation for other countries.
Jade and Emma were wonderful ambassadors for the school and are to be commended for their active participation at the conference. Thanks also go to Mrs Hendriks for supporting the girls at this significant and worthwhile event.
Year 10 students will be eligible for the Dr Burgis Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, based on their performance in the Science Research Project (SRP), which they are working on this term.