Buderim Mountain State School students and twins, Cooper and Bradman Miller-Smith, have received third place in the annual NATA Young Scientists of the Year Awards. The theme of the 2018 national competition was, ‘Medical Science - Towards 2050’ and Cooper and Bradman chose to research the comparative rates of physical exercise amongst primary and secondary-aged students. Their project was one of nearly 90 submissions in the 11-12 year age category.
School principal, Neil Jenkins says, “We are very proud of Cooper and Bradman’s outstanding achievement in the Young Scientists of the Year Award. Their project was obviously to a very high standard, and all their hard work has paid off.”
Cooper and Bradman have participated in the competition for three years now and consistently improved their placings over that time. The students received a participation award in 2016, were finalists in 2017 and have now gained their top-tier position in 2018. In recognition of their efforts, each boy received a $200 voucher and a certificate.
Hundreds of primary schools from across Australia participate in the competition which is now in its 11th year and aims to encourage students to examine the impact of science on people’s everyday lives.