It has been an absolutely amazing start to Term 3 for Agricultural Science student, Dakotah Davis, who has won the highest award in the DAF Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition; The Paul Johnston Memorial Senior Science Award! This entitles her to $1000 part scholarship for text books/resources for first year of tertiary education, a medallion and a certificate. Dakotah’s winnings did not stop there however, as she also won a Scholarship to attend TASTE 2015 camp and art materials/science magazine.
The DAF Plant Science Competition is an annual competition and this year’s topic was photosynthesis. Students were required to perform a series of experiments that measured photosynthetic principles in action, such as oxygen and carbon dioxide output rate of Elodea under different light intensities, and the growth rates of plants under different wavelengths. Dakotah extended further by measuring the oxygen output from plants of different photosynthetic pathways to evaluate the potential of these plants for future agricultural practices.
Another aspect of the DAF Plant Science Competition was the Art in Agriculture section that required students to get behind the lens and photograph photosynthesis in action with a shot of a field crop basking in the sunlight! Madeline Kinsely won the Year 12 category with Taylor Olsen coming in as runner-up, while Dakotah Davis won the Year 11 category with Thomas Chapman coming runner-up.
This has been a major win for the College’s Agricultural Science students, with all gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding of plant science principles that are imperative to agricultural production. The Ag team is now looking forward to their field trip to the DAF Hermitage Research Facility in Warwick where they will be attending the awards ceremony, going on a guided tour of the research facility, attending an Agricultural Expo, sitting in on a Science Forum and then touring a poultry farm for this semesters Poultry Science unit! It is set to be a jam packed couple of days with so many opportunities!