2017 High Schools STEM Competition
Congratulations to our winners!
In Term 2, high school students from across Australia competed in teams to design a new innovation for pedestrian level crossings using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) principles. The design had to reduce the chances of injuries or fatalities occurring at pedestrian level crossings and make young people’s crossing experiences safer. They had to use design thinking to create an original device, then create a video pitch about their design. The stakes were high: huge prizes were on offer for the winning team, teacher and school.
We had some very creative students enter original designs. Our judges had a great time watching the videos and judging them against strict criteria on STEM design.
Year 7 & 8 category
We shortlisted the top 5 entries in the Year 7 & 8 category. The judges scored each video and provided feedback for the students.
Congratulations to Kiana Bland-Morris, Haydyn Morrison & Rachel Tomas from Year 7 at Plympton International College in South Australia, winners of the major prize for the Year 7 & 8 category!
Their entry ‘Railway Safety Sensor’ is a design for a new type of gate with a sensor to address distraction at pedestrian level crossings by mobile phones and tablets. When the train passes over the first sensor, the light is red, and when it passes over the second sensor, the light turns green, the gate opens and the pedestrian can cross the tracks.
The team wins:
- $1200 in vouchers
- Nespresso coffee machine & pods for their teacher
- $500 resources voucher for STEM supplies for their school
Check out their design in the video below!
People’s Choice Award
To celebrate Rail Safety Week 2017, we asked the public to vote for their favourite design from the top 5 in our People’s Choice Awards. The winning team was the video with the most ‘likes’ at midday (AEST) on Friday 18th August, 2017.
Congratulations to Abbey Amundson, Amy O’Brien, Shakira Anderson and Poppi Regos from Year 8 at Windsor Gardens School in South Australia, winners of the People’s Choice Award!
In their entry ‘Sensor Safety’, they designed a new type of sensor to prevent deaths at pedestrian level crossings. The sensor is tripped 25km away, and opens a gate only when it senses pedestrians wanting to cross.
The team receives $300 in vouchers as their prize.
The same team came runner-up for the major prize, so we have awarded the unallocated prizes from the People’s Choice Award in the Year 9 & 10 category to Abbey, Amy, Shakira & Poppi as well. That’s a total of $600 – double congratulations team! Check out their entry below.
Well done also to the following runners up:
In the Year 9 & 10 Category we had a single entry make it through to the shortlist, and what a fantastic entry it was! The judges unanimously decided the team should take out the major prize.
The team designed a reflective barrier to address distraction by mobile phones at pedestrian level crossings. When a pedestrian approaches the crossing looking down at their phone or listening to music, the reflective material reflects light and catches the pedestrian’s attention. They then have to manoeuvre through the barrier, causing them to stop and look around.
Congratulations to Year 9 students students Mokuren Abe, Nhi Pham, Angela Yang & Clarissa Zhong from Indooroopilly State High School, Queensland, major prize winners for the Year 9 & 10 category!
Click on the image below to watch their video.