Students of Centenary Heights State High School’s Year 10 MSE (Maths Science Enrichment) class this year took part in the 2017 Hermitage Research Facility National School’s Plant Science Competition. This is a national event, with schools across Australia competing to be the champion class.
Our Year 10’s were competing in the Year 10 – Year 12 category so competition was going to be strong. Each student had to design and carry out an investigation across seven weeks which encompassed various soil types and plant growth. They then performed calculations on porosity, density, pH and salinity levels and recorded the data in an EEI Scientific Report. They also had to construct scientific posters displaying their findings and a short film or PowerPoint highlighting the importance of soil to the world.
Year 10 MSE took out the Overall Class first place in the Year 10-12 category. Ingrid Meiklejohn was awarded the Paul Johnston Memorial Senior Science Award for the second highest individual entry across Australia as well as the Highly Commended QUT Scientific Poster Award. Sewni Samarawickrama took out the Crawford Fund International Agriculture Science Award for her entry and a Highly Commended Award for her Scientific Report. Joannah Hani also received an individual Highly Commended Award for her entry.
The winning class travelled to Warwick on 15 August to receive their awards. Following the ceremony, the students were treated to an Ag Science Expo, which included a guided tour of the facility, presentations by DAF research staff, a Scienceshow Alley interactive display including animal biosecurity, beekeeping, horticulture/entomology, school agriculture displays, careers information and an animal nursery.
Teacher Miss Noon is incredibly proud of each class member as they all contributed to such an outstanding result.