Fairfield High School students take first prize in University of Sydney science program

9 August 2013

Congratulations to students from Fairfield High School, whose project on anti-bacterial solutions took out the overall prize in the University of Sydney's I-Science program.

I-Science, developed by staff members at the University's Faculty of Education and Social Work and funded by Compass, is a program in which pre-service teachers mentor year 8, 9 and 10 students on the topics of biology, physics and chemistry. The program was previously funded by a Widening Participation Grant from the Social Inclusion Unit, and was awarded successive funding given the high level of impact and value the program on school students and teachers.

Students from ten Sydney high schools - including Compass partner schools Fairfield High, Moorebank High, Sir Joseph Banks High and Westfields Sports High - participated in the program.

After many hours of hard work in the preceding term, the students and their mentors gathered at the University to display their findings at a Science Fair. Impressively informative stalls were staffed by equally enlightening students, who explained their investigations into diverse topics such as non-Newtonian fluids, memory and electromagnetism. The family and friends in attendance certainly learnt a lot that evening!

All staff and students who participated are to be commended for the quality of their work and their commitment to their group. Their positive attitude was best captured by one student, who said that "The experience was enjoyable and at the same time challenging".

Visit the Compass photo gallery for images from the Science Fair.