2021 Year 3-4 Winners

Best Entry Overall

– RubbishBot

People always leave their waste in parks and do not bother to pick it up. Pollution is having a direct impact on sensitive species or habitats. In our local park we come across loads of rubbish. The Rubbish Bot has a sensor in the front to detect rubbish. When it has located rubbish it will use the Teachable Machine (AI) app connected to a front camera to work out if it is a plastic bottle. The Rubbish Bot will put the rubbish in the right coloured recycle bin. The Rubbish Bot is solar powered which makes the machine operate during daylight hours. The Rubbish Bot also senses when it is at full capacity & returns to the bin storage to empty its load. At night time, the Rubbish Bot connects to a park bin for safe keeping whilst it stores excess solar energy in its battery pack.

Teacher:  Jesse Ussi

Best Use Of STEM – Water Filters

Description: Our project is about water. Around the world people are dying from contaminated water, so we are creating a solution! I, Zach and Daniel have made a filter that will turn dirty water into clean and drinkable water that we hope will help the world. This solution will contain all dirty water and convert it into clean water using a filter. The filter will have UV lights, charcoal, rocks, sand and coffee filter to filter out the dirty water. If this succeeds we want to show this invention to the world to hopefully make it a better place. if we fail we will try to improve it and make it better.

Teacher:  Lauren Osborne

Best Presentation

– RubbishBot

People always leave their waste in parks and do not bother to pick it up. Pollution is having a direct impact on sensitive species or habitats. In our local park we come across loads of rubbish. The Rubbish Bot has a sensor in the front to detect rubbish. When it has located rubbish it will use the Teachable Machine (AI) app connected to a front camera to work out if it is a plastic bottle. The Rubbish Bot will put the rubbish in the right coloured recycle bin. The Rubbish Bot is solar powered which makes the machine operate during daylight hours. The Rubbish Bot also senses when it is at full capacity & returns to the bin storage to empty its load. At night time, the Rubbish Bot connects to a park bin for safe keeping whilst it stores excess solar energy in its battery pack.

Teacher:  Jesse Ussi

2020 Year 5-6 Winners

Best Entry Overall – Weeds Be Gone

Problem: Endangered native plants due to invasive species and weeds. Solution: Our solution is a solar powered car to move around fields and use AI to detect if a plant is a weed or invasive species. If it is, it sprays the wed with herbicide. This will help the native plants to get more nutrients because there is no competition from weeds. As a part of this program, we will be designing an app that can scan and identify the plant species when a photo is taken. It uses AI to identify the data and sends it to Scientists to track the plant’s population/statistics.

Teacher:  Teagan Seymour

Best Use Of STEM – The Tremor Tamer

The Tremor Tamer is a wrist and hand brace or glove that supports the limb. It has embedded sensors that pick up how intense the tremor is and respond by sending electrical currents or pulses to ease the muscle tension and tremors. We plan to embed a TENS unit or an EMS unit to provide the currents. Physiotherapists use these machines. Our invention will help people with tremors in one or both hands. Around 80 percent of people with Parkinson’s have tremors in their hands and arms. Shaky hands make it difficult to write, fasten buttons, apply make-up, thread a needle, use a computer and do anything that requires fine motor skills. Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative neurological condition that affects a person’s control of their body movement. It’s the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia, affecting around 10 million people worldwide and 100,000 people in Australia. It’s painful and tiring. Handwriting is slow and looks cramped or small.

Teacher:  Jess Ussi

Best Presentation – Clean Water

Teacher:  Jesse Ussi

2020 Year 7-8 Winners

Best Entry Overall

– Up-Soles

Do you have a bean bag chair or use a lot of disposable cutleries and foam trays and have nowhere to put them then look no further as we are your solution. We turn polystyrene objects into items such as reusable bottles and shoe insoles. We turn items like bean bag chair pellets and compress mould them to create bottles and shoe insoles which we then sell to the polystyrene to everyone for a smaller price than the shops sell the products. We will eventually give a small amount of money for the polystyrene objects given to us. After our idea has made some money, we will be increasing the amount of money we will give them so they are more inclined so people will want to give us items so we can sell more products to earn more money.  

Teacher:  Maria D’Cunha

Best Use Of STEM

– The Smart Detector

This smart detector will perform three tasks. Firstly, it can be attached to a computer and inform the teacher that the person is on the computer in class. Secondly, it can be attached to a mobile phone. When the phone is picked up, the driver will be informed by an alarm. Lastly, the detector can be attached on a bin. When the bin has been opened for too many times (eg. 20 times), it will give off a gentle sound, reminding the home users that there may be too much food wasting involved.

Teacher:  Daphne Lim

Best Presentation – Star Stream ISRS

The ISRS is a satellite relay station that will enable easier communication with mars and beyond we will do this by putting a satellite relay station situated in-between mars and earth the ISRS. The ISRS will also reduce the costs of future mars missions by enabling smaller and cheaper satellite dishes to be deployed on the surface infrastructure. When humans are ready to start a colony at Mars, we can use the ISRS to see if Mars is a liveable planet d and we can send resources there to start growing tree’s, plants and maybe start building. The ISRS will also make it much easier to communicate to other planets in our solar system or even further. We will build the satellite and get all its programs ready to send it out to space, once its ready to go we will send it out and hope for the best.

Teacher:  Karen Alford

2020 Year 9-10 Winners

Best Entry Overall

– The Boom Boom Pow

Best Use Of STEM

– The Floating Forrest

Deforestation is the clearing, destroying, or removal of trees through deliberate, natural, or accidental means. It can occur in any area densely populated by trees and other plant life, for example, the deforestation of forests situated in the Ring Of Fire. Our solution is to create a forest that can sustain itself in open waters. Specifically, the Pacific Ocean. We have decided to use Mangrove trees, as they survive off saltwater and provide many benefits for animals. Mangrove trees can grow up to 30 metres tall providing shelter for birds. Leaves fall off the tree and end up becoming food bacteria and microbes. We completed our prototype which includes a 3D model of the Floating Forest, an alert system that informs surrounding vehicles of the floating forest through using a Microbit and the radio transmission function. Our prototype is also completed with a website to advertise the concept and inform people about the Floating Forest.

Teacher:  Daphne Lim

Best Presentation

Project RASSC-Remote Autonomous Space Satellite Collector

Our idea is to create robots to clean the Earth’s atmosphere. These robots would travel around the world collecting space junk and then returning to a mothership where it would be recycled. While the robots are collecting space junk they will be helping repair and maintain satellites to keep them operational for longer. We would hope to make these robots self-sustainable so they could use the recycled junk to repair themselves. They would also carry on them all the necessary equipment to repair themselves or satellites and recharge their batteries. The robots themselves would be 99% automated only requiring human input if it is unsure about whether a satellite is operational or not. They would also be highly efficient as if they caused pollution while flying, what they did for the environment would be counteracted by its own pollution. They could also produce more of themselves to help save resources.

Teacher: Sally Lavater