Bega science 'celebrity' presents investigation findings to education leaders

Sapphire Coast Anglican College student Jade Moxey is spreading the word on her award-winning science project.

The winner of the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW  Young Scientist of the Year and runner up of the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards, presented her investigation to a group of leading science education and industry representatives at Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES).

Jade Moxey won for her investigation “The Spread of Seeds through Cattle” that examined which seeds, in particular weed seeds, germinated in cattle manure and their management.

Her investigation has great significance in dealing with weed control and grazing management systems for agriculture, particularly in cattle related industries.

Jade’s presentation was well received and the group, which included BOSTES science inspector Kerry Sheehan, provided constructive feedback to assist her with her presentation skills and responses to scientific questions.

Jade will next present her investigation to a panel of judges at the International Science and Engineering Fair 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona in May.

Jade is in Year 11 at Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega, where her principal, Andrew Duchesne, reports she has become "a bit of a celebrity".

Mr Sheehan congratulated Jade on her successes and wished her well at the international awards on behalf of the group.

He described her as "an outstanding example of the inventiveness of NSW science students and a great future ambassador for science".

Information about the STANSW Young Scientist of the Year program can be found on www.youngscientist.com.au.

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