In early December, six students and staff travelled to Melbourne, Australia, to take part in the 11th International Student Science Fair. This is a major annual gathering of the Worldís leading science schools. Each year the event is hosted in a different Country. During its history, the event has been hosted in some of the worldís leading cities, including Kyoto Japan, Bangkok Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Moscow Russia, Winnipeg Canada, Adelaide Australia and in 2013 CSIA was proud to host the 9th ISSF in Cornwall.
During the fair, students had the opportunity to present their science projects, undertaken at CSIA, to a very discerning global audience of students educators. They also faced a tough question and answer session at the end of their presentations. We had two teams, consisting of three students. One team's science project was an investigation on - The factors affecting the regeneration of planarians (flatworms). The other team did an investigation on - The pleiotropic costs of insecticide resistance in the common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
The CSIA students' presentations were extremely well received, and a great many complimentary comments were made.
During the rest of the week, students took part in a scientific poster presentation at the Australian Synchrotron based at Monash University, which was attended by many educators and academics. Students took part in a very rich programme of scientific events, activities and lectures. One of the highlights was a visit to a local conservation park, where some of our CSIA students were able to work with veterinary surgeons undertaking an autopsy on a deceased wombat - a great experience for some who were considering a career in veterinary science. During the visit, students took part in a range of cultural activities and events, including visits to Melbourne.
During the last few days, the CSIA team undertook a three-day trip along the Great Ocean Road. They experienced the amazing coastline and the world famous Twelve Apostles. They explored the Temperate Rainforest and saw huge eucalyptus trees. The party stayed at Youth Hostels at Apollo Bay and Port Campbell, two beautiful locations. Of course, during our stay it was the height of the Australian summer, so during a very busy programme, there was time to take advantage of the beautiful Australian beaches.
This was an epic visit and we thank our hosts John Monash High School for such a great welcome and a great science fair. We look forward to visiting Singapore in 2016, and South Korea in 2017 - the next two host Countries.