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The winners of the 2014 NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award have been announced by the Association’s CEO, Jennifer Evans. “We once again had a wonderful response in this year’s competition with hundreds of entries from primary schools across Australia.

“The entries showed that young Australians understand how important energy is to our modern way of life. They also tell us that today’s youth will be an important component of our country’s scientific future.

The winner in the 7 & 8 years category was James O’Kane from Genesis Christian College, Queensland who compiled a scrapbook about heating pool water. The comment from the judge was: “James came up with a great experiment and presented his findings well. James’ experimental design was good and shows a good grasp of the scientific method. I really liked this project.”

The winner in the 9 & 10 years category was Tulle Scoffern from Red Hill Consolidated School, Victoria who completed a project that researched how electricity is made and how it is delivered to domestic consumers. The judge’s comment was: “This was excellent research which looked at how energy is produced and delivered to our homes.”

The winner in the 11 & 12 years category was Catalina Pinzon from Genesis Christian College, Queensland. This is the first time in the 8-year history of the Awards that any school has received more than one prize. 

Catalina’s entry examined the production of electricity from a hydroelectric power plant. The judge commented: “The centrepiece of Catalina’s entry was a model that reflected her extensive research and clearly demonstrated how hydroelectric power works.”


7 & 8 years category was James O'Kane
from Genesis Christian College, Queensland
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9 & 10 years winner Tulle Scoffern from Red Hill Consolidated School
9 & 10 years winner Tulle Scoffern
from Red Hill Consolidated School
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11 & 12 years winner Catalina Pinzon from Genesis Christian College, Queensland
11 & 12 years winner Catalina Pinzon 
from Genesis Christian College, Queensland
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The winner's school in each age category will receive a $3000 donation, with an additional cash prize of $500 for each winning student.

"We congratulate our winners and thank everybody who entered this year's competition," Ms Evans said. "It's been so encouraging to see that our scientific future will be built on the knowledge of these talented young people."

For more information please contact:

Diane Lyons, NATA Marketing & Communications Coordinator 

Ph: (02) 9736 8255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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