Mackillop Catholic College Year 10 student Shona Kiely will head to China early next year after winning herself a place at the 2018 Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition on Monday.
Shona and her peer Flynn Hembroff competed in the Scitech and Rio Tinto Beijing Bound science competition, and presented research findings to peers, teachers and a panel of judges.
Shona spent the past five months researching what causes dieback to native plants, and examined how a biodegradable fungicide could be used to treat the problem.
Flynn researched the effects of fatigue and conducted an experiment using the antioxidant glutathione to improve people’s reaction time.
The competition was judged by ECU researcher Dr Shaun Molloy, Adrian Egan from South West Science Council and Rio Tinto’s Tania Anderson. Scitech STEM careers co-ordinator Hannah Hilbert-Wolf said both student’s presentations were professional and demonstrated solutions to local issues.
Shona said she was honoured to win the trip to Beijing. “I’m really grateful to have been given this opportunity, as well as work alongside a mentor who has taught us how to apply science research to both everyday issues.”
The students thanked Scitech, Rio Tinto, their teachers, friends and peers for their support.
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