Congratulations to the finalists, highly commended students as well as all students who entered the competition and teachers and family who supported them!
The SLEEK GEEKS are two of Australia's best loved science broadcasters. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer mix science with humour as they set out to answer some of the perplexing scientific mysteries we encounter on a daily basis.
The University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize is offered to primary and high school students nationally. If you have a passion for science and for communicating ideas, then enter this competition by telling a scientific story via a short video piece. We’re looking for the next generation of Dr Karls and Adam Spencers!
The idea is to communicate a scientific concept(s) in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge or, as the Sleek Geeks like to say, “learn without noticing”.
Recognised by teachers for its relevance to the primary and high school curriculum, the competition has become a staple activity in the classrooms of many schools across Australia. Every year the judges are overwhelmed by the creativity and quality of entries, and the Faculty of Science congratulates all students who participate in the competition.
Prize money is divided equally between the winning students and their school. Book vouchers are shared equally by members of the winning team.
Plus, representatives from the finalist teams will win a trip to Sydney for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner!
For more information about the University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize, including entry conditions and tips and tricks from past winners, please visit the Australian Museum website.
Eliza Dalziel, Claire Galvin, Georgia Hannah and Anna Hardy, St Monica's College, QLD
In their film Manure You Know, Eliza, Claire, Georgia and Anna explain the importance of dung beetles in our ecosystem. They investigate why the introduction of dung beetles has positively influenced farms on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, and demonstrate how the belt transect method can be used to monitor dung beetle populations.
Josh Langman, Westminster School, SA
In One Small Step for a Cat, Josh explores the science behind the 'cat righting reflex': that is, why a falling cat almost always lands on its feet. He also looks at how the phenomenon of the falling cat has helped NASA prepare their astronauts for the zero gravity of outer space.
Meg Paterson, The Scots School Albury, NSW
The science behind dreaming has long been a mystery but new technologies have enabled scientists to investigate what happens in the brain while we sleep. In her film Dream On, Meg explores what really goes on when we dream throughout the night.
Amelia Lai and Caitlyn Walker, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney, NSW
Icy Cold But Toasty Warm is an entertaining investigation into the behavioural and physical adaptations of the Antarctic region's Emperor Penguins. Using a series of models, diagrams, experiments and even song, Amelia and Caitlyn illustrate how the species stays warm in the coldest weather conditions on Earth.
Charlie Carroll, Brayden Eyles and Lachlan Ginger, Oxford Falls Grammar School, NSW
Responsible for the death of over 750,000 people each year, the mosquito is often regarded as 'the greatest killer on earth'. In A Portrait of a Serial Killer, Charlie, Brayden and Lachlan investigate this claim, discovering that mosquitos are simply carriers for diseases, therefore merely an accessory to the 'crime.'
Owl Pellets: A Postal System to Scientists by Claire Galvin and Anna Hardy from St Monica's College Cairns, QLD
No Place for Race by Tom Downie and Harry Bebbington from Warrandyte High School, VIC
Sniffles by Meg Paterson from The Scots School Albury, NSW
The Secret of the Appendix by Paige Bebee from Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, VIC
Why are Concussions Bad for You? by Luke Cadorin-Taylor from St Aloysius' College, NSW
Gravity Sucks by Tom Downie and Harry Bebbington from Warrandyte High School, VIC
Cry Stoppers by Georgia (Gigi) Souyave-Murphy and Ella Woods, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, QLD
Why is Seaweed Brown? by William Martin from Trinity Grammar Junior School, NSW
Phantom Limbs by Jackson Huang from Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology, QLD
Epigenetics by Jackson McDonald from Varsity College, QLD
The Mystery of Lichen by Mikali Anagnostis from St Philip's Christian College, NSW
The Spectacular Spider by Brandon Gifford from Casino High School, NSW
The Stories in the Rock by Alex Jaeger from Mornington Secondary College, VIC
Proving Charles' Law by Brandon Conway-Rusk from Devonport High School, TAS
What is Friction? by Nathan Gori, Reuben Shepherd, Billy McLeod, Jack Dougall and Sacha Balme from Beauty Point Public School, NSW
Splendid Steam by Kezia Sanders and Lucas Trewin from St Joan of Arc Primary School, VIC
WINNER: The Legendary Lizard by Brandon Gifford (Year 11) from Casino High School, NSW
Second place: Natural Selection: It's Pretty Random by Greer Clarke (Year 10) from All Hallows' School, QLD
Third place: The Colour of Water by Martin de Rooy Year 11) from Pimlico State High School, QLD
Finalists with Adam Spencer and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki at the University of Sydney campus. L-R: Iggy Fox, Luca Pona, Martin de Rooy, Adam Spencer, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Brandon Gifford, Greer Clarke
2010 Sleek Geek film comp winner in the Primary School category, Lily Colmer, with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Professor Trevor Hambley (Dean of Science), and Dr Michael Spence (Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney)
2010 Sleek Geek film comp winners with Professor Trevor Hambley (Dean of Science), Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, and Dr Michael Spence (Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney)
2009 Sleek Geek film comp winners with Professor David Day, Dean of Science, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, and Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney
2008 Sleek Geek Finalists with Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Julius Sumner Miller Fellow and Professor David Day, Dean of Science
2007 Sleek Geek Finalists with Professor David Day, Dean of Science, and Professor Gavin Brown, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney
Sleek Geeks 2006 - Budding science communicators with the University of Sydney’s Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Dean of Science, Professor David Day