Sleek Geeks Eureka Prize Winners

Congratulations to Amelia Lai and Caitlyn Walker (Year 4) who won the 2017 University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize – Primary for their short film ‘Icy Cold But Toasty Warm'.

Their film 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, Amelia and Caitlyn illustrate how the species stays warm in the coldest weather conditions on Earth.


Image (from left): Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Professor Trevor Hambley, Adam Spencer and Dr Gwen Fenton present Amelia Lai and Caitlyn Walker with the 2017 University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize Primary during the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes 2017 at Sydney Town Hall on 30 August 2017. Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images.

PLC Sydney also received two of the six Highly Commended awards for films in the same 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'.

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. 

Watch the girls videos below:

youtube-iconWatch 'Icy cold but toasty warm

youtube-iconWatch 'Cuts like a Saw' 

youtube-iconWatch 'Can solar save us' 


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