Prize-Winning Grade 10 Report
Inspired by a report of the problems faced by a complete
quadriplegic in Northern Tasmania, Yaya worked on a solution that
would allow a complete quadriplegic, paralysed from the neck down,
to control a wheelchair, using only the movements of his or her
head. She prototyped the system in LEGO MindStorms NXT, finding two
solutions. The first worked by using movements of the quadriplegic's
head, the second used a voice-controlled system that was
language-independent, able to be used in any of the 7,000 or so
languages on earth. This latter system was also applicable to any
type of signal, not just of sound origin.
This won her the top
Science Innovation Tasmanian award, see a report on the school
science event from local TV station below.
Southern Cross News Report,
and a current affairs report on
the National ABC TV station, click here
The report was also successfully submitted to the top
National competition:BHP Billiton Science &
Engineering Awards Engineering Winner Video, click here
Australia's top Science organisation, the CSIRO, awarded Yaya a Gold
CREST Award and then took Yaya to Pheonix USA, where among 1600 of the
brightest students from 72 countries, her project received a First
Place Citation award.
Yaya has made a version of her report available,
in the hope that reading it will encourage students, especially
girls, to take up an interest in Science & Engineering, and to have
as much fun as she has had in the process.
You can download an
ePUb version of Yaya's Grade 10 Report by clicking here.
is also available in
pdf format by clicking here.
You can see more of Yaya's project