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Girls in Science at St John’s


It’s not every day that students from St John’s are invited to attend a competition at the NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. However, back in April of this year this became a reality for 20 of St John’s students. The competition, Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge included four divisions, Aerospace and Aviation, Energy and the Environment, Cyber Technologies and Security, and Health and Nutrition. Competing against students from schools around the world, this was not an easy task.

One of the six St John’s teams led by Year 11 students Kelsey Matushcka, and Olivia Hutley amazed the world by successfully receiving a spot in the semifinals. Soon after the announcement was made that Kelsey and Olivia’s proposed idea, the Lumos App had been selected as the winner for their category. An absolute honour as the students were Australia’s first to win one of the categories at the competition. Their fellow team members, Shibhaah Azam and Hamza Khan who were also part of ‘Team Lumos’ supported the girls while they presented the App idea to the panel of judges in Florida. Both Shibhaah and Hamza, along with Head of College, Suzanne Bain had the privilege of sharing their idea with the world on 9 News

St John’s further congratulates both Kelsey and Olivia for their teamwork and innovative ideas which was shown throughout the competition. It must be noted that St John’s is not the only one excited. Recently Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, also one of the oldest and largest scientific organisations in the world reports on St John’s student’s success at the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge. Both Kelsey and Olivia can be seen in the first image of the article. To visit the article please click here.

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