Australian student wins International Science & Engineering Fair

HSC student Oliver Nicholls has taken home the top prize and $100,000 as winner of the Gordon E. Moore Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh last Friday. How? Nicholls, now 19 years old, designed and built an autonomous window cleaning robot for medium-rise commercial buildings, reducing the need for human cleaners to risk their lives by hanging at tall heights. Watch the video in the link to view it in action.

Competing against a field of over 1800 high school students from 75 countries, Aussie students secured 11 major wins at ISEF 2018.  “Australia is one of the best places in the world to start a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). By having our high school students winning international awards, we are further strengthening our international reputation as an innovative country,” said CSIRO Education and Outreach Director Mary Mulcahy.

Read more: CSIRO / SMH / NewAtlas / Science News for Students / Intel

Image: Intel – Oliver Nicholls takes home first place

This story is taken from the 25 May 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.