Two South Coast teens have taken out third place at the world’s largest science research competition for school students.
Seventeen-year-old TIGS student Macinley Butson and sixteen-year-old Jade Moxey, of Bega, were awarded third in Environmental Engineering for their water purification invention that can be used to sterilise water in developing communities.
The girls only teamed up last year when they met at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles – and joined forces for this year’s event in Pittsburgh, USA.
Oliver Nicholls,19, of Sydney took out first place in Robotics and Best in Category for designing and building a prototype of an autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings.
Caitlin Roberts took third place in Biomedical Science and Angelina Arora fourth in Environmental Engineering.
Both Jade and Macinley, who was named NSW Young Australian of the Year earlier this year, plan to venture into the world of engineering.
“We just clicked the first year we went, and we are both determined to go again,” Jade said late last year.
“We are hoping we will actually have a place at the end of it, and that will give me a sense of achievement.”
More than a place, these awards are recognition of the girls’ determination and focus.