Oliphant Science Awards 2023

Posted 10 November 2023
Junior School

In the Week 3 Assembly we gathered not just as an exceptional community of learners, but also as achievers, dreamers, and innovators. As a Junior School we celebrated the incredible accomplishments of our talented students in this year’s Oliphant Science Awards.

The Oliphant Science Awards are a testament to the boundless curiosity, creativity, and perseverance that reside within each and every student who participated. From unravelling the mysteries of chemistry, to exploring our changing environment, to tackling real-world challenges, the efforts by the participants have not only made us so proud but have also inspired your peers and could one day change the world. Our Junior Scientists have shown us that curiosity coupled with perseverance, is the driving force behind innovation, and that through science, we have the power to shape a better future for ourselves and for generations to come.

The Oliphant Science Awards ran across Reception to Year 6. This year, 53 projects were submitted. Out of 2150 students across 196 South Australian schools, we are pleased to congratulate the following award winners from St Peter’s College on their achievements:

Nivaan Sardana (Year 5), first place for his project titled “Articulated Robot”.  Nivaan successfully created a robot that mimics hand movements using motors and sensors.

William Dorman (Year 5), first place for his Information Poster titled “Exploring Our Changing Environment” that detailed the effects of the breakdown of seaweed on the coastline at Sultana Point.

Seth Attygalle and James Young (Year 6 students) second place for their game titled “Chemistry A-Z”.  The game tests your chemistry knowledge and the basic elements of the periodic table, and how you can combine elements to make different substances.

Michael Wang (Year 3) and Eric Wang (Year 4) third place in the Robotics category.  Their project titled “DGI Battle” reported on human control vs AI control.

 The following students have been awarded a Highly Commended certificate.

Asher Oh (Year 1) for his poster entry “Water in Motion”
William Guo (Year 4) for his science writing entry on “Mysteries of the Universe”
Tyler Gao (Year 6) for his multimedia presentation on “Guanidinium Nitrate Synthesis- 2D and 3D design

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Oliphant Science Awards this year. Your projects remind us that with passion, determination, and a thirst for knowledge, there are no limits as to what we can achieve.

A big thank you again from your Oliphant Science Award coordinators – Miss Duffy (Rec to Year 2), Miss Zollo (Years 3 and 4) and Mrs Bailey (Years 5 and 6).

We look forward to seeing many more entries next year!

Angelika Bailey
Teacher – Year 6