Our Year 12 Students Win First Prize in USA for Technical Communication
Redeemer Baptist School Year 12 students Ian Cannon
and Rickystan Savaiko have won the Distinguished
Team Award provided by the Society for Technical
Communication at the Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) which they attended at
Indianapolis, Indiana, 7-13 May, 2006.
Ian and Rickystan developed an electronic device that
identifies colour, and determines the differences in colour
between two surfaces (luminance contrast). In scientific
terms, their project involved “versatile colour
identification and luminance contrast determination
using a triluminate source”.
They were two of four
Australia at the Intel ISEF
this year. Our students
were accompanied by two
of our staff, Jonathan and
Lenore Cannon. In
addition, Stuart Garth was selected by the NSW Science
Teachers’ Association to act as mentor for the Australian
contingent, travelling with them to the Intel ISEF this year.
Intel ISEF—which was founded in 1950—is the world’s largest
pre-college celebration of science, bringing together some 1,500
students from 40 nations each year to compete for scholarships
and prizes. Ian and Rickystan won two awards, also gaining a
place in the grand awards, pocketing $US1,500!
Students gain entry to the international fair through the Young Scientist Competition organised
by the NSW Science Teachers’ Association, in which all of our students—K–12—are
encouraged to participate. In the NSW competition last year Ian and Rickystan’s entry was
judged “Best team entry of a scientific investigation Years 10-12”. Eleven of our students won
awards in the NSW competition last year, more than any other school in the State.
Prior to the Intel ISEF Ian and Rickystan were asked by
Australian representatives of the International Standards
Organisation (ISO) to contribute a paper on the best
algorithm to use in the determination of luminance
contrast (the measurement determining the differences in
colour between two surfaces). This algorithm is of particular
importance for design of buildings and equipment to be used by
those who are vision impaired. Their paper has been received
with interest by scientists in Japan, USA, Austria, Italy and
Canada. Their electronic device, which is relatively cheap to
produce, could provide significant savings for those who
currently have to employ highly specialised technical
consultants when required to demonstrate compliance with
Redeemer Baptist School students have a
distinguished history both at the local Young
Scientist competition and at the international Intel
ISEF. In 2004 two of our students—Simeon
Cannon and Marcus Cannon—won a special
award at the Intel ISEF for their study aimed at
reducing the risk of life-threatening clots during
periods of prolonged sitting. Their research was
given significant media attention, and was also
featured in a scientific paper presented in
association with a Professor from Westmead
Hospital. In 2000 another two of our
students—Keith Lam and Marbury Lau—won a
grand award second prize at the Intel ISEF for their millennium refrigerator, which was an
energy efficient design with accompanying research.
Redeemer Baptist School has previously been given recognition by the Federal Department of
Education Science and Training for its “enviable reputation in the teaching of science,
technology, mathematics and design, its students and teachers having won numerous national
and international awards”. The achievements of Ian and Rickystan continue to reinforce this
culture of excellence in science at Redeemer.
The school would also like to take this opportunity to thank QANTAS & American Airlines
of the Oneworld Alliance for their assistance in shipping the required display materials for
Ian & Rickystan’s winning entry.
The achievement of Ian and Rickystan this year will continue to stimulate interest among all of
our students in this important area of the School’s curriculum.