2017 STANSW Young Scientist Awards

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Left image: 2017 STANSW Young Scientist K-12 Models and Innovations winners with Dr Karl.
Right image: Mrs Martin with Hannah Chalmers (Year 1) 

Congratulations to Hannah Chalmers (Year 1) and Eliza Martin (Year 9) who won awards for their projects entered in the 2017 STANSW Young Scientist K-12 Models and Innovations Competition. Their award winning projects were displayed as part of the Sydney University 2017 Open Day on Saturday 26 August.

This STEM event brings together the best innovative devices and applications produced by K-12 Science, Technology and Mathematics students. Organised by the Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales (STANSW), the Young Scientist Awards receives hundreds of amazing scientific investigations and innovative devices each year. The entries are displayed in an exhibition format where a panel of judges selects winners based on the design and construction of an innovative device that solves a need or problem.

Hannah won the 2017 STANSW Young Scientist K-2 Models and Innovations award for her Solar Alarm project. She is six years old and acknowledges that lots of young children can't tell the time. Hannah also noted that normal alarms can wake the whole family and some people, like herself, may have blackout blinds in their bedroom so they can’t tell when the sun is up and it’s time to get up in the morning. Hannah is concerned about us using coal for electricity so she wanted to make her alarm using electricity that doesn't come from coal. Her Solar Alarm has a solar panel connected to an electric circuit with a light bulb in it. She puts the panel on the outside of her blind so when the sun rises in the morning it makes the light bulb go on and she knows she can then get up!

Eliza came 3rd in 2017 STANSW Young Scientist 7-9 Models and Innovations award for her ElectoMagnetic Mobility Assistor (EMMA) invention. Eliza empathised with patients who have prolonged hospitalisation and have muscle deconditioning as a result. She researched the importance of exercise for these patients as so often exercise can improve recovery rate. Hospitals rely on physiotherapists for this which is costly and labor intensive. Eliza was keen to invent something that was cheap enough for hospitals to purchase in bulk so patients could use it independently and reduce muscle deconditioning.  EMMA is an attachment for walking frames. The patient attaches a strap containing iron to their legs with Velcro. They then use the electromagnet on the walking frame to help engage their muscles while walking or while sitting for exercises.

Congratulations girls on your wonderful achievements.

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