Wednesday 15 November 2023


Year 9 students represent Ave Maria College in National STEM competition

Year 9 students represent Ave Maria College in National STEM competition

Each year Catholic Network Australia and Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools run STEM Make a Difference (MAD) Student Showcase, a celebration of student ingenuity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students are encouraged to consider how they can develop solutions to real-world problems through critical and creative thinking.

This year was the College’s first year entering with an entry entitled ‘Surf n Saver’ (SNS), by Grace Kulyk, Sienna Inguanti, and Ayla Karlovic (Year 9). The SNS is a solar powered and environmentally friendly surfboard that can be used by lifeguards to monitor surf conditions and erosion patterns around Australia's beaches, to monitor the coastal lines. Long-term monitoring builds up an evidence base to help understand coastal processes, and the risks, opportunities, and consequences with coastal management. 

At the MACS STEM MAD Showcase on Thursday, 12 October, the SNS was awarded third place in the Secondary division, providing the team the opportunity to compete at the STEM MAD National. We are incredibly proud of the hard work Grace, Sienna and Ayla put into their entry and their representation of the College at such a prestigious competition. Thank you also to all of our teachers who helped support the girls through the design, development and presentation stages.