We are proud to be a supporter of the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards 2018. The Awards seek to recognise outstanding high school students who have undertaken innovative and practical scientific or engineering projects. The 26 finalists were drawn from across the country, with the major prizes awarded to:
- Oliver Nicholls (Engineering prize), who developed an autonomous window cleaner with the aim of reducing injury and commercial costs of window cleaning for large commercial buildings.
- Minh Nga Nguyen (Investigations prize), who used agricultural by-products to create a biochar material that can be used to both absorb harmful nutrients from waste water and also function as a fertiliser.
- Angelina Arora (Innovator to Market prize), who developed a degradable bioplastic made from prawn shell and sticky protein from silk.
In preparation for their final competition interviews and presentations, IP Australia was invited to provide the finalists with a workshop and mentoring on intellectual property matters. IP Australia’s involvement with the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards for the last three years follows our support for other youth activities such as the National Youth Science Forum and the National Questacon Invention Convention.
We are pleased to be a part of the developmental journey for the next generation of STEM innovators, and we are excited to see how the young scientists and engineers of today come up with technologies and discoveries of tomorrow!