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Maths Science Enrichment class shines at DAF Schools Plant Science Competition

22/08/2018
Following on from the success of last year, our Year 10 Maths, Science Enrichment (MSE) class have claimed four of the major prizes in the 2018 Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition.
 
The Hermitage Research Centre at Warwick, which is a division of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, has run this National Competition for 22 years. The competition is open to all School levels from Prep to Year 12 or equivalent in other states and territories.
 
Two of our Year 10 MSE classes entered the competition as individuals and as classes. The competition involved many aspects of practical agriculture, experimentation, Scientific Reviews, Scientific research and Reports, Simulated Drone programming and video making using Timelapse photography.
 
Two crops of Sorghum were planted in adjacent beds. One bed received Water and Fertilizer at regular intervals and the other just water. Photos were taken at regular intervals from the same location. These photos were used to
 
(a)    Make a Timelapse video of the crops progress over three Months
 
(b)   Use Digimizer program to measure the growth each week, and compare and contrast the germination and growth rate. This was analysed using Excel Spreadsheet.
 
A Scientific report was written to document the experiment and the analysed results.
 
Students also conducted a literature review of how Drone Technology is used by Australian Farmers and Graziers. This review was presented in Powerpoint.
Students also used the Scratch Program to simulate the path of a drone over a field using NDVI imagery to analyse the health of a crop.
 
Additionally the students conducted a review of literature of emerging technologies in World Agriculture, specifically how it may help developing countries. Again these reviews were presented using Powerpoint. These could be used to present at a conference.
 
Centenary Heights were very successful in this competition once again
 

Hollie, Ria and Sathmi at the DAF Hermitage Research Centre, Warwick
 
Ria Biscocho, competing against students in years 10 to 12, won the Paul Johnston Memorial Senior Science Award. Ria receives a cheque for $1000 to be used for her Tertiary studies, a plaque and certificate.
 
Maegen Lange was awarded a UQ FEAST scholarship and will be attending the UQ FEAST camp in July 2019.
 
Sathmi Wanniarachchi received the QUT Most Outstanding Poster Award  and received a gift voucher, medallion and certificate.
 
Hollie Russon was Highly Commended for her entry in the QUT Most Outstanding Poster competition and also received a gift voucher and certificate
 
As well as these individual successes, the Year 10 MSE class won first prize in the overall class section.


Ria Biscocho receiving the Paul          Sathmi Wanniarachchi won the QUT

Johnston Memorial Senior Science      most outstanding poster competition

Award from Mary Johnston

​Maegen Lange was awarded a             Sathmi Wanniarachchi and Hollie

UQ FEAST scholarship                         Russon  

  
The winning students attended the Awards Ceremony at the DAF facilities at Warwick on 14 August with their teachers Mr Huth and Mr Tracey, and Deputy Principal Miss Kerri-Ann Frew. They had the opportunity to attend various presentations throughout the day by female scientists from the University of Queensland, as well as visit the interactive displays at Science Show Alley.
 
We are all incredibly proud of each class member for their contribution to such an outstanding result.