A new generation of Sleek Geeks were awarded at the 2008 Eureka Prizes

20 August 2008

Budding scientists of all ages were awarded last night at the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes award dinner, for their winning entries in the University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka competition.

Inspired by Sleek Geeks Adam Spencer and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the competition encourages primary school, high school and university students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a science story via a short video piece. Due to popular demand, 2008 saw the competition being opened to primary school and university students for the first time in the competition's history.

Michael van Drempt from the University of Sydney won $3000 in the university category of the prize, with his irreverent entry 'A Fundamental Misunderstanding: a commentary of the evolution of physics.' His fast-paced animation takes a light-hearted look at the evolution of our understanding of the fundamental make-up of our universe. His use of simple, hand-drawn graphics proved that complex ideas could be conveyed easily without the use of sophisticated animation.

Mitchell Connolly from Melbourne High School took out the high school category of the prize, winning $4000 for his amazing stop-motion, lego-animated short film, 'The Copernican System.' The year 9 student's video recounts the history of major scientific discoveries and illustrates the movement of the planets in our solar system. Last year's winning entrants were also from Melbourne High School.

A group of students from Tasmania's Table Cape Primary School won the primary school category, with their delightful clay-motion video, 'Eureka!' which follows Archimedes as he hops in and out of his bath, puzzling over the rise and fall in the water line, showing how the Archimedes Principle was born.

The competition attracted the youngest ever entrant this year when four-year-old Aydin Neighbour from Byron Bay entered a video about volcanoes in the primary school category. His entry, 'What?! A mountain blows its top off?' has been highly commended for its slick demonstration of how a volcano erupts, and for Aydin's enthusiastic commentary.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney congratulates all winners, finalists and entrants in the competition and looks forward to another year of Sleek Geek science videos!

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