Twenty-eight students from Knox Prep from Years 2 to 6 participated in the NSW Young Scientist Awards, with the boys entering projects in the 'Working Technologically' category.
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The boys have been working hard on refining and improving their projects based on feedback they received from judges at the Young ICT Explorers competition in August.
The level of ingenuity and creativity shown by the boys was outstanding. Winners have been announced, with four Knpx Prep teams achieving equal first place in their respective age categories, the School's best results ever.
Luca Pica, Harrison Luu and Austen An
BrightBin uses a micro:bit with ultrasonic and light sensors to automatically illuminate recycling bins at night. The device tells people what should go in each bin and when it is approaching full capacity.
Oscar Fairhurst, Bowen Gozdzialski and Christian Strumendo
R.C.B.O.C. (River Cleaner, Bowen, Oscar, Christian)
The R.C.B.O.C uses a Sphero, Lego EV3 robot and custom-built conveyor belt to collect floating rubbish from polluted waterways. The device can be controlled by an iPad which allows the user to steer the R.C.B.O.C in the direction of rubbish.
Oliver Schlosser and Jackson Macdonald
A device that works by using a soil moisture sensor attached to a robot which is programmed using a micro:bit. This invention will help farmers who are in desperate need of water by finding areas of moist soil on a farm.
Mitchell Whiley and Kingston Rahme
A handheld device that works by using a gesture sensor to detect a vision impaired person’s hand movements. The device can provide audio feedback of certain measurements like the time, date and distance from object.
A device that can pick up and grip objects to assist people with arthritis or other hand injuries. Handy Andy uses a Lego EV3 robot and a remote control to open and close a custom-built claw.
20 February 2020
A significant challenge over the next ten years is the continued acceleration of social and technological change. Technology is no longer a separate strand of learning, rather, an integrated tool. Supporting young people to become critical and ethical users of technology will continue to be an important consideration for Knox.
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