QASMT student Min Hoo, Instep 10, recently qualified as a semi-finalist in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards 2016. The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science awards. The awards are a partnership between BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resources company, CSIRO, Australia’s premier scientific research organisation and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).
Min entered the competition while attending All Hallows School last year and after winning the state competition. Min then qualified for the finals since joining QASMT, where she made it to the semi-finals, against strong competition. Min has a long history of entering science competitions and has entered various science competitions since primary school. Min has always enjoyed science and maths competitions as she likes to challenge herself and extend her knowledge. Min’s BHP Billiton entry involved the subjects of science and mathematics and this was Min’s second time entering. Her project revolved around the question ‘Are water guns hazardous to the eyes?’ where she conducted different tests and measurements on water guns and calculated the energy in joules in water guns to compare it with the amount of energy in an air gun. Min currently studies Chemistry and Biology in school and her future aspirations involve studying Medicine or similar subjects in university.
By Julie Lee, Agnesi Academy Journalist