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Talent search unearths budding scientists

WORDS: MRS RENEE HILL – HEAD OF GENERAL SCIENCE

It has been a very successful year for the Scotch College Science Department. On 15 September, Tom Edney and Riley Tilbrook (both Year 8) flew to Canberra to receive the Top Scorer award for the Rio Tinto Big Science Competition.

This competition tests the general science knowledge and skills of students across Australia and New Zealand. Out of more than 37,000 students who sat the examination, only 28 Year 8 students achieved the Top Scorer award. The almost 500 Scotch students who took part achieved 61 high distinctions, 82 distinctions and 132 credits.

The Science Talent Search is a fantastic program that allows students to engage in Science in a way that suits them. This year, Scotch students were awarded four bursaries for their entries.

Kevin Fan (Year 8) entered an experimental research project and received the BHP Billiton award, a major bursary. Arun Kumar (Year 8) was awarded a major bursary for his creative writing piece called Atom Adventure. Oswald Li (Year 7) designed a game called Washed Out for his bursary. Arun Jayasekera (Year 7) created a scientific wall chart entitled Body Chemistry for his bursary.

We congratulate these boys on their outstanding achievements, as well as the other five students who were awarded credits in this competition.

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SS Science achievers: The Federal Member for Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg MP, is flanked by Tom Edney (left) and Riley Tilbrook with their Big Science Competition Top Scorer awards.