Two Karratha students are headed to the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition to present their science research projects on the world stage after winning Scitech’s annual Beijing Bound competition.
The two students selected to travel to Beijing in 2017 to compete in the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition were Satvika Soppadandi from St Luke’s College and her mentor Theresa Nguyen, and Joshua Lyon from Karratha Senior High School and his mentor Stewart Brand.
Satvika's project was titled Aeroponics, the future in soilless agriculture. Josh's project was titled Measuring the potential for renewable energy generation on the North West Shelf of Australia.
“Almost all the students focussed their projects on making the future of WA better – from harnessing wave energy or growing plants without soil, to generating power using the Pilbara salt flats or battling ocean acidification issues,” said Scitech Beijing Bound Coordinator Jess Silva.
“In the future these students and their peers will be working in jobs that haven’t been created yet. Beijing Bound provides motivated students with quality experience in science based projects and encourages more students to explore career options in STEM,
Joshua conducted research to find out the wave energy potential of the North West Shelf by measuring the power of The Aquarium (Harding Dam) and Sam’s Creek. Satvika created a soilless plant ecosystem using aquaponics, an emerging method helping to grow essential food in harsh environments like the Pilbara.
Beijing Bound paired secondary students in Karratha and Tom Price with graduate or early career mentors from Rio Tinto; this supported students to undertake their research project under guidance, and introduced them to the career and study opportunities available in STEM fields.
Satvika and Joshua were selected from 10 finalists who presented their research projects to a judging panel comprised of Jess Silva from Scitech and Rio Tinto’s Jackie Walsh and Andrew Milliner, as well as peers, teachers, and parents.
“The benefits of Beijing Bound go beyond the time students are in the program – the skills they develop, the Rio Tinto graduate mentors they meet, and developing a greater understanding about a career in science will assist them in upper secondary school, tertiary education and beyond,” said Andrew Milliner Rio Tinto Damper Ports maintenance manager Andrew Milliner.
Beijing Bound is open annually to Year 10 and 11 students from Tom Price SHS, Karratha SHS and St Luke’s College.