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Peter Doherty Science Award 2012

08 Nov 2012

The Award is an initiative of Professor Peter Doherty and the Committee for Ballarat, and is coordinated by the Department of Education and Early Childhood development in partnership with the University of Ballarat. The 2012 presentation evening was held on Wednesday 7 November. Committee for Ballarat CEO, John Kilgour, was MC for the evening. This is the fourth year of the Award, and the evening was once again highlighted by the high standard of students’ presentations to an audience of about 80 people.  All Colleges and their communities can be proud of their achievements. This year’s Winner of the Award is the team from Phoenix P-12 Community College on the topic of “Texting Turmoil”. The project gathered scientific evidence of the pronounced distracting effects of texting on a mobile phone while trying to complete another task. The audience was particularly engaged with this relevant issue which illustrated how science can be useful and of value to the community. Committee for Ballarat Chair, Judy Verlin, presented the Award to the winning team. There is also an additional secondary award for ‘Communication’ based on the best presentation for the evening. This was awarded to the Mt Clear College team.   The four finalists groups were: Ballarat High School - Light Globe Investigation Aim: To investigate a range of light globes and determine which is most efficient as described by our definition considering luminosity, temperature, power usage, cost and lifespan. Team members: Sean Cureton, Amy Hunt, Chloe Traill, Michelle Karslake, Novera Qaseem   Ballarat SC East Campus - The Lifespan of Batteries Charged in Different Environments Aim: To investigate whether charging batteries at different temperatures will affect the life of the battery Team members: Lucian Sitch, Aaron Dalgleish, Zacc Boucher   Mt Clear College - Handwashing Aim: To find the method of Handwashing that eliminates bacteria the most efficiently Team members: Menna McAlpin, Isobel Monie   Phoenix P-12 Community College - Texting Turmoil Aim: To discover whether age and skill level/experience affects the amount a person gets distracted while texting Team members: Kassie Snibson, Bianca Brehaut, Danielle Hearn