2013 University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize - primary

Science friction! Beauty Point primary students win Eureka Prize.

A group of five Year 6 students from Beauty Point Public School in Mosman, NSW, have taken out the 2013 Australian Museum University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize for primary school children with a stunning short film about friction.

Students Nathan Gori, Reuben Shepherd, Billy McLeod, Jack Dougall and Sacha Balme beat a field of contestants drawn from across the country to take out the primary school prize, which recognises excellence in communicating scientific ideas “painlessly” or, as the Sleek Geeks like to say, “Learn something without even noticing”.

The Beauty Point Public School students collaborated to produce a three-minute film called What Is Friction? With one student playing the role of intrepid reporter Doug Traction, and the others playing Professors Static, Slide, Rolling and Fluid, the film featured a number of simple experiments to demonstrate the idea of friction in witty and interesting ways.

Sponsored by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize, named in honour of Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer, recognises short films that communicate a scientific concept in an accessible and engaging way.

“These young students are the scientists of the future,” the Director of the Australian Museum, Frank Howarth said.
Second prize in the primary section of the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize went to Year 6 students Kezia Sanders and Lucas Trewin from St Joan of Arc Primary School in Brighton, Victoria, for their short film, Splendid Steam. In this film, Kezia and Lucas explain the workings and history of steam power, from its invention by James Watt to its use in electric power stations today.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership and commercialisation, science journalism and communication, and school science. This year the 17 sponsored prizes include awards for agriculture, defence, infectious diseases and innovative use of technology.

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Kea Lambert , Project Officer, Eureka Prizes
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