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Second win for young robotics whizz

Written on the 8 October 2014 by scotch

12 year old Scotch College student and Macclesfield resident Maeve Allen-HorvatAt this year's Adelaide Royal Horticultural and Agricultural Show, 12 year old Scotch College student and Macclesfield resident Maeve Allen-Horvat continued her successes of the past two years by winning two first places in the robotics sections.

Following her success at this year's Royal Show Maeve was awarded a first place in the year 6-7 category for Computer Programming & Robotics in the Oliphant Science Awards for her Spectrum Absorbtion Detection System as well as receiving a major sponsor's award. Maeve first entered the competition in 2012 and after gaining third place, she was inspired to do better, netting second place in last year's competition.

She has been invitied to enter her project into the prestigious BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards to be judged later this year for which students can win $3,000 for themselves and have the chance to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in the USA.

Maeve's project can be used to identify compounds by using the scientific principle that compounds absorb unique wavelengths of white light which, if split out into a spectrum can be detected using a series of strategically placed light sensors attached to a microcontroller.

Maeve's father, Frank Horvat, said Maeve was always looking for a challenge.

"I was amazed to see that her judges from last year's competition were keen to take a peek at her entry during this year's judging," he said.

"All were very interested in what she was planning for next year's competition."

"Based on her successes at last year's Royal Show, Maeve also entered the 2013 Robogals Science Challenge, where she amazingly came first in her age category with her project, 'Maeve's Simple Motor' - the judges just loved it.

"All the finalists from across Australia were flown to Melbourne for the presentation.

"After the presentations we were taken to venues all over Melbourne including the Science Centre and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre where we flew a Mission to Mars simulation."

- article originally appeared in The Weekender Herald, 3 October 2014.

Author: scotch

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