Duncraig students present Big Ideas at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

St Stephen’s School Duncraig students Laura de Silva-Beiter and Charlotte Beale with science teacher Shannon Fletcher.
St Stephen’s School Duncraig students Laura de Silva-Beiter and Charlotte Beale with science teacher Shannon Fletcher.

TWO inventive Duncraig students have been selected to take part in a Big Ideas Forum in Sydney from Monday to Thursday.

Year 10 St Stephen’s School students Laura de Silva-Beiter and Charlotte Beale submitted a 40-second video to apply for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation competition, revealing two plans they devised to combat global issues.

“One of our ideas was to have mass vaccination through water sources for people in urban areas and poorer countries, so they can get immunised through the water they drink rather than having to go around to each person and give them immunisations,” Laura said.

“The second idea was converting greenhouse gases into a source of energy,” Charlotte said.

“A lot of our ideas were to do with the environment because that’s something we’re both passionate about, can find ideas about and we can work towards.”

They will join a small group of 22 students to visit the public research organisation as well as be mentored by a scientist, take part in workshops and tour the facility.

Science teacher Shannon Fletcher, who oversaw the project and will join them on the trip, said she was proud of the students’ effort and dedication.

“They were rehearsing what they were going to say during lunchtimes, in class they put in effort … then they also put in time of their own to do this,” she said.

“I’ve seen how they work together in groups with investigations and that’s why I chose them.”

The trip will also include a visit to the Australian Museum and cruise around the Sydney Harbour.