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Young Scientists Award Winners

The winners of the 2011 NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award were presented with their prizes at ceremonies held in NSW and Victoria before the end of the school year.

This year’s competition was extremely keen, with over 300 entries representing the work of more than 1,000 students from 73 schools across Australia. 

Because 2011 was the International Year of Chemistry, the competition’s theme was “Chemistry in our Lives.” It was hoped that preparing their entries in the competition would stimulate an interest in chemistry among students that will influence their future studies and even their careers.

First place in the 7 & 8 years age category went to Magnus Andersson of Laburnum Primary School, Blackburn VIC for his entry: ‘The Great Science Experiment.’
The presentation was held at the school and the prizes presented to Magnus by NATA’s Victorian State Manager, Peter Williams.

First place in the 9 & 10 years age category went to Juliette Napton from Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga NSW for her entry: ‘Rocks are Oresome, Chemicals are Reactionary.’
Juliette’s prize was presented at a school assembly by NATA’s NSW State Manager, Susan Jones.

Mr Barry O’Farrell, Premier of NSW, was unable to attend but sent his congratulations to Juliette and her school for their win.

First place in the 11 & 12 years age category went to the 49-student team from Year 5/6, Teesdale Primary School, Teesdale VIC for their entry ‘Acids and Bases’. 

The presentation was made at Teesdale during a school assembly by NATA’s Victorian State Manager, Peter Williams. The presentation was attended by the Victorian Education Department’s Grampian Region’s Assistant Manager, John Cortese.

The winner's school in each age category received a $3000 donation, with an additional cash prize of $500 for each winning group. Entries were judged by a team of NATA scientific staff for their innovation, research and presentation. 

Invitations to participate in the 2011 NATA Young Scientists of the Year award, which was for the first time sponsored by SNAP Printing, were sent out to all 7,850 public, government and Catholic primary schools across Australia.

The 2012 event will be the sixth year the competition has been held. More details will be announced in the June issue of NATA News.