Glasshouse Christian College’s Agricultural Science students Coen Oosen and Thomas Chapman have walked away with second and third place in the University of Queensland’s Sunflower Competition for the heaviest sunflower! Coen’s sunflower weighed in at a hefty 2.151kg, whilst Thomas’ was marginally lighter at 2.099kg!
The students put to use their growing knowledge of plant anatomy, physiology and nutrition, to determine the most successful fertiliser and maintenance plan. After 12 weeks of meticulous care and attention, the students’ sunflowers were of looking great, and it was clear that they were in with a chance.
The students were also given the opportunity to participate in hands-on science activities with lecturers and university students alike. They gained invaluable experience as the tested the pH and electrical conductivity in water collected from different sources, tackled mathematical Fibonacci numbers relating to the patterns of seeds in the sunflower heads and genetic probability of different traits in sunflowers.
The day ended with a tour of the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus and all it has to offer. Students were inspired by the study options available, the magnitude of facility and number of agricultural career opportunities possible. Finally, I can certainly guarantee that UQ would be absolutely blessed to have these GCC Ag Science students in the future, judging by the exceptional way that the students conducted themselves, along with their knowledgeable questioning.
Jade King, Head of Agricultural Science