Australian students are on top of the world after receiving grand and special awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Pittsburgh, USA.
Oliver Nicholls,19, of Sydney took out first place in Robotics and Best in Category for designing and building a prototype of an autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings. While Caitlin Roberts took third place in Biomedical Science and Angelina Arora fourth in Environmental Engineering.
Jade Moxey, 16 from Bega and NSW Young Australian of the Year Macinley Butson Year,15,of Wollongong were named third in the world in Environmental Engineering for their water purification invention that can be used to sterilise water in developing communities.
The girls only teamed up last year when they met at the same event in Los Angeles – the world’s largest pre-college fair – and joined forces for this year’s entry.
“We just clicked the first year we went, and we are both determined to go again,” said Jade late last year.
“We are hoping we will actually have a place at the end of it, and that will give me a sense of achievement.”
More than a place, these awards are recognition of the girls’ determination and focus. Both Jade and Macinley plan to venture into the world of engineering.