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2018 Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition details

The experiments and activities may change slightly as we further develop the content for the 2018 competition.

Topic: Game of Drones

The full competition instructions/guidelines (and other applicable resources) will be emailed to registered schools in January, prior to the opening date.

Register your interest now

Plant science project awards

You will need to complete all tasks:

  1. Observe and analyse crop growth using digital technology (submit as a scientific report)
    • Plant a series of small plots with field crops or vegetables in your school garden (or in pots) and observe and record plant growth in a science journal and take regular photographs using a digital camera
    • Use Digimizer software (available as free download) to analyse your photos (plant measurements, etc.)
    • Use Scratch software to simulate a drone flight path over provided images and/or your own images (using coding)
    • Create a time-lapse video of your plants' growth
  2. Research how and why Australian farmers use drones in agriculture (submit as a scientific review or informative poster)
  3. Global study - The digital revolution ‘transforming lives and livelihoods’ (submit as a video, PowerPoint or poster)
    • Communicate the global importance (particularly in developing countries) of digital/emerging technologies in agriculture.

Art in AgRiculTure awards

‘Dawn of the Drones’

The National Science Week theme for students in 2018 is ‘Game Changers and Change Makers’.

Your task is to draw or build a new age drone or robot that will be the next big ‘game changer’ for the future of agriculture! Present in 2D or 3D format using any medium.

Key dates

Competition opens 22 January 2018
Competition closes 29 June 2018
Results announced (via email) Mid-late July 2018
Awards day and Agricultural Science Expo 14 August 2018
(during National Science Week)

Further information

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