Bright stu­dents top comp

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FIVE eager sci­ence stu­dents from Roma State Col­lege hit the road last week, jour­ney­ing to Bris­bane with their teacher and fam­i­lies for the Won­der of Sci­ence com­pe­ti­tion.

Year 8 stu­dents Matt Brad­ford, Ed­ward Schefe, Ta­mar­lia Storch, Annabel Flower and Jes­sica Rowl­ing rep­re­sented their school in the ge­ol­ogy cat­e­gory of the state con­fer­ence.

The group spent a day at the Univer­sity of Queens­land to present their sci­ence project to a panel of judges and an au­di­ence, telling them how they would turn their school oval in to a farm­ing pro­duc­tion.

Speak­ing in front of a large crowd would be daunt­ing to most adults, but Ta­mar­lia said it wasn’t scary at all.

“Fun­nily enough, none of us were re­ally ner­vous.

“The first time when we pre­sented in front of the Grade 8s we were all freak­ing out, but then in front of 200 peo­ple we didn’t bat an eye­lid.”

Ul­ti­mately, the kids came away win­ners, top­ping the ta­ble against seven other school fi­nal­ists.

As well as pre­sent­ing, the group had the chance to tour the labs of a univer­sity cam­pus larger than their home town, said Miss Flower.

“It was great meet­ing the sci­en­tists, we learned about what dif­fer­ent sci­en­tists do, and some of them we didn’t even know ex­isted.”

PHOTO: JO RICKERTS

WON­DERS: Annabel Flower, Ta­mar­lia Storch and Ed­ward Schefe cel­e­brate their suc­cess at the Univer­sity of Queens­land Won­der of Sci­ence com­pe­ti­tion.

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