Stu­dents shine in China

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Two Pil­bara stu­dents have won sil­ver medals in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion show­cas­ing the best sci­en­tific ideas from young peo­ple around the world.

Pil­bara Beijing Bound win­ners, St Luke’s Col­lege stu­dent Satvika Sop­padandi, 16, and for­mer Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dent Joshua Lyon, also 16, spent a week at the Beijing Youth Science Cre­ation Com­pe­ti­tion last month dis­play­ing projects to science stu­dents and ex­perts on a world stage.

The com­pe­ti­tion is the end re­sult of Beijing Bound, a Pil­bara STEM pro­gram from Scitech and Rio Tinto open an­nu­ally to Kar­ratha and Tom Price years 10 and 11 stu­dents each year.

Scitech Beijing Bound co­or­di­na­tor Jess Silva said both stu­dents’ projects were of a high qual­ity.

“Both stu­dents were selected as sil­ver medal re­cip­i­ents among more than 100 par­tic­i­pants from around the world, which speaks vol­umes about the qual­ity of their science projects,” she said.

“Satvika was also one of only six in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in­vited to speak at a sym­po­sium for around 150 Chi­nese stu­dents and was pre­sented with a plaque for her par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

The sym­po­sium pre­sen­ta­tion was a first for any Pil­bara Beijing Bound en­trant, with Satvika’s project on aero­pon­ics, or soil­less agri­cul­ture for plant life, mak­ing an im­pres­sion on judges.

She was also awarded a sil­ver medal in the zo­ol­ogy cat­e­gory, while Joshua won sil­ver in math­e­mat­ics for his project on tidal en­ergy on the North West Shelf.

Rio Tinto com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ca­tions general man­ager Linda Daw­son said the com­pany was proud to be a part­ner in Beijing Bound and give re­gional stu­dents an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity on par with those avail­able to metropoli­tan stu­dents.

“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,” she said.

Pil­bara stu­dents Joshua Lyon and Satvika Sop­padandi, both 16, with their sil­ver medals and cer­tifi­cates from the Beijing Youth Science Cre­ation Com­pe­ti­tion. Pic­tures: Jess Silva/Scitech

Satvika with a dis­play of her project.

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