CSIRO News Release - NSW student finalist for national science award

23-Jan-2015 12:32 PM


23 JANUARY 2015



Benjamin Gibson from Sydney’s Redeemer Baptist School has been selected as a finalist in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards for developing the Trek Mate, a system for safely carrying equipment in remote areas.

While on a church-led medical mission to remote villages in Papua New Guinea, Ben saw how sensitive equipment was damaged because of the jolting it received during transit.

Benjamin designed Trek Mate to safely carry the equipment, particularly a solar generator, from village to village and over rugged mountain trails, using a traditional method of transportation.

As there is sometimes no motor transport in these areas, the system uses a net-like structure that the equipment sits inside which can be attached to pole for carrying on foot.

The Trek Mate is designed so that it is easy to assemble so that it can be used by local residents in remote areas as well as in situations like the medical mission Benjamin was involved in.

Since 1981 the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards have been Australia’s most prestigious school science awards.

The awards reward young people who have undertaken practical research projects which demonstrate innovative approaches and thorough scientific or engineering procedures.

The awards are a partnership between BHP Billiton, CSIRO and the Australian Science Teachers Association. They are sponsored by BHP Billiton and managed by CSIRO. The awards are also supported by the Intel Corporation.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a presentation held in Melbourne at ZINC at Federation Square on Tuesday 3 February from 11am to 2pm.

The ceremony will be attended by Mr Bryan Quinn, BHP Billiton’s Head of Group Technology, Geoscience and Engineering and CSIRO Board Member, Professor Tom Spurling.

For more information about the awards, visit www.scienceawards.org.au



Huw Morgan t +61 8 8303 8857
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