2022 Year 3-4 Winners

Best Entry Overall

Brain Bug

My project is to create a renewable energy charger for phones and other wearable electronics, that is affordable to use and uses the brain’s electrical signals as its source. This could help the environment and help people to save money to spend on their families or other resources that they need.

Winner:  Beaconsfield Primary School

Best Use of STEM

Eco Compost Bin

The problems our invention solves are food waste going to landfill and the spread of germs when touching compost bins. We have designed an eco-friendly, biodegradable and hygienic compost bin that is mostly underground. It has a solar powered motion sensor, so you don’t get germs on your hands. It is made from cardboard so after a while it will be eaten by worms or will biodegrade. Worms can come in the bin from holes on the sides of the bin. There will be a worm juice dispenser that collects worm juice from the bin.

Winner:  Perth College

Best Presentation

Biodegradable Face Mask

Do you know about all the pesky plastic covid masks that can’t biodegrade and are going into landfill? We want to solve this problem by creating masks that are good for the environment. Our masks would be biodegradable and can be put in a green waste bin, composter, or FOGO bin in some council areas.

Winner:  Perth College

2020 Year 5-6 Winners

Best Entry Overall

Renewable Energy Power Bank

Our Problem:

“How can we harness Earth’s renewable resources to create easily accessible energy in our community?”

Batteries are a vary flammable product and release large amounts of pollution into the earth causing global warming. Our team wants to solve this problem by harnessing the Earth’s renewable resources to create a reliable, accessible, portable and environmentally friendly energy source. To solve this problem, we have created a power bank that uses wind (and potentially hydro) energy available in abundance around us to generate power. Our design includes a rotating axel with connected wiring, attached to a small fan to harness wind like a wind mill to power smaller, everyday devices such as Smartphones.

Winner:  Santa Clara Primary School

Best Use of STEM 

Bee Haven

30% of bees are dying each year and without bees, no living thing can survive. Our solution is a beehive made of pine wood (painted bright yellow to attract bees) with technology to help the bees have perfect living conditions to reproduce and survive. These technologies include camera, a barcode to keep track, a thermometer and a scent that sprays every day to attract even more bees.

Winner:  Perth College

Best Presentation

REDC Riley Ethan Dough Cups

We are trying to solve the problem of plastic cup pollution. Our solution is to create dough cups that will decompose quickly. We are doing this because plastic pollution is a massive problem for the world. We are targeting canteens and restaurants that sell drinks that use plastic cups.

The Dough Cups
We have experimented to create waterproof dough cups by using beeswax. So far, they are decomposing quickly. We now just need to work on design.

Winner:  Ashdale Primary School

2020 Year 7-8 Winners

Best Entry Overall

Mars Pioneers

Hotter temperatures, more wildfires, severe storms, water scarcity, increased droughts, rising oceans, loss of species, food shortages, health risks, poverty and increasing displacement are all impacts of climate change. Human may need to move to keep humanity alive. NASA plans to send humans to Mars by 2033. In our Mars colony prototype we will send 12 colonists, each skilled in different things. With a budget of 100 billion dollars, we accommodate the colonists, provide food, water and other necessities to make them happy and enjoy their life on the “red planet”. The colonists will have to access gyms, TV rooms, kitchens, luxury dining, an art studio and private showers. Our prototype supports human health with access to a hospital used for mental and physical injuries. It supports human happiness and has solutions to homesickness, loneliness and boredom. The prototype showcases the overall components necessary for human inhabitation on Mars.

Winner:  Ashdale Secondary College

Best Use of STEM 

Marble Bar Virtual World

The Nyamal language is a critically endangered language, with less than ten fluent speakers in the world. The Marble Bar Virtual World seeks to preserve the language using an extensive suite of STEAM programs including Virtual Reality, Three-Dimensional Printing, on-country Science incorporating traditional Aboriginal science concepts, and drone aviation employing photogrammetry. Marble Bar students have contributed to the development of a cutting-edge and first of its kind Virtual World that seeks to actively preserve and showcase Nyamal language, culture, history and science concepts.

Winner:  Marble Bar Primary School

Best Presentation

Curiosity Colonisers

Can you keep a team of colonists alive and happy on Mars? With NASA planning to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, our colony prototype will accommodate for twelve colonists. It will plan for a long-term settlement to keep humans alive with access to food, water and air whilst maximising human happiness. With a $100 billion budget, various engineering design solutions, based on real technologies being developed by NASA, have carefully been selected for food, water, power, oxygen, communication, science labs and mental health considerations for social interactions, hygiene, exercise, sleeping and entertainment. With an opportunity to re-think society, our prototype supports human health with access to medical services, supports human happiness with solutions for loneliness, homesickness and boredom, provides shelter from extreme temperatures and energy sources to power systems. The 3D model prototype showcases architectural components and overall colony design to cope with challenges of living on Mars.

Winner:  Ashdale Secondary College

2020 Year 9-10 Winners

Best Entry Overall

ROD Reverse Osmosis Device

According to the WHO and UNICEF 2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking which will be exacerbated by climate change and population growth in the future. Natural disasters such as floods can also cause the temporary contamination of drinking water supplies. Drinking unclean water can lead to a wide range of disease such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, and polio. Our ROD (Reverse Osmosis Device) uses the existing technology of reverse osmosis to create an affordable, portable and sustainable way to create safe drinking water. Its suitcase shape and convenient size makes it portable – for your next camping trip even. ROD is powered through a paddle or a hand crank utilising renewable resources hydro-electricity, wind or human energy. Unlike other existing technologies available today, our device has the option to store water meaning the filtered water can be stored and taken away from the water source for later use.

Winner:  Perth Modern School

Best Use of STEM 

Project Keipa

This project aims to monitor the quality of water according to pH levels, to determine what solution must be applied and put in place to mitigate further pollution. Without the trouble of manual testing, our prototype has the ability to send the data collected in a body of water, to a user interface within close proximity. This is capable of becoming the water solution of the future.

Winner:  Rehoboth Christian College

Best Presentation

Motorised Filter Wheel For Stormwater

Stormwater drains are designed to collect rainwater that falls on roofs or on paved areas such as roads, driveways, and footpaths; this drainage system is separate from the sewage system. The stormwater system runs from the outdoor drains, down the gutter and into our natural waterways. This is a problem because it can cause pollution, 30% of pollution comes from the run off of drain water, as stormwater travels, it picks up all kinds of pollutants that are not natural in our waterways. So how can we solve this problem, well we have designed a type of water wheel made up of multiple filters which is powered by a motor, so as the stormwater passes through, the pollutants are sent into a separate pathway by the Filter Wheel. This motor will be powered by renewable energy to prevent any harm to the environment, therefore killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

Winner:  Wanneroo Secondary College