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Congratulations to our STEM Internship winners!

Introducing Olivia Okely, Theo Marlow and Aasthea Kumar. Each has won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to intern at one of Australia’s most exciting workplaces - PLUS they’ve scored some great Samsung tech too.

Thanks to everyone who entered. There’s no doubt the future of STEM in Australia is looking good!

Aastha Kumar
Music Engineering Intern

Brief: Create a piece of music 1 – 2 mins long.

Answer: "Heart" beats

When creating this instrumental I generally considered that when looking at STEM and music as one concept, emotions and the psychological effect of the sounds produced, is what first comes to mind (pun intended). Music is a way ... express emotions but also receive criticism, feedback and reaction through it. So, I researched the scientific effect of any "sound's" pitch, tempo, beat and the types of instruments used, upon the listener. I found that fast tempo with high notes is livelier and hence gives positive reactions, slow gives a calmer reaction and so on. Songs such as Clair de lune are scientifically proven to make you feel happy due to the happy hormone dopamine being released when it is heard, (although in Debussy's case it was purely coincidental:). Considering one's state of mind I wanted to create something which was a sort of inspirational, “I am going to change the world, and never give up” sort of music. The music is very fast and also very 'electro', giving it a lively sort of effect, and also there are specific facets of it such as the heartbeat at the end which also will impact the listener. In the sense that a heartbeat is often associated with 'life'. Overall music is what forms an understanding of the composer's intent and the listener's reaction, so through this project I would like to make the statement that in the future using STEM, music can be used to fight psychological medical concerns such as depression, anxiety and even something as serious as post traumatic stress disorder. Although an extremely simple concept, it is not something that has been developed upon yet, which also explains the 450 million people out there currently affected by a mental or neurological disorders.

“Aastha did the research into how sounds affect the listener and used this knowledge to create the track. The song also had composition of beats and instruments and is very upbeat.”
Theo Marlow
Surfboard Design Intern

Brief: Design the surfboard of the future.

Answer: The Bin Board

The surfboard contains a filter which can filter out micro-plastics out of the ocean. It also can send information to an agency about locations of rubbish and litter such as location and size and number.

“An interesting way of incorporating recreation into science and of tackling environmental issues.”
Olivia Okely
Fashion Design Intern

Brief: Design some eco-friendly fashion.

Answer: The Eucalyp-dress

This 1950s silhouette dress is made of 3D printed eucalyptus leaves using an algae filament. The leaves are all different shades of green creating an ombre effect and are hand sewn to a green-base fabric made of Ecospun fibre.