Experiment gets heaps of answers

A CAREFULLY-tended compost heap has earned a group of six Woongarra State School Year 6 students second place in a national science competition.

The group recorded the temperature at different places in the heap to determine why scrub turkeys build nests to produce different temperatures and how that would affect the sex of the chicks.

The students' entry was chosen as one of 12 finalists of the NATA Young Scientists Award in August and the group had been waiting since then to find out the results.

“I was the first to find out and I was shocked to find out we had got second place,” 11-year-old Laura Collins said.

Woongarra State School teacher Kerry Haynes said the students had been ecstatic.

Getting second place means the students have won $3000-worth of science equipment for the school.

The compost heap will now be used to mulch the school's gardens.



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