Sue Thompson from the Australian Sunflower Association joins Downlands College students Baxter McCamley and Jase Lamborn with DowAgroSciences Rosanna Common.
Sue Thompson from the Australian Sunflower Association joins Downlands College students Baxter McCamley and Jase Lamborn with DowAgroSciences Rosanna Common.

The winning team of Year 10 students Jase Lamborn and Baxter McCamley said they had used methods such as different potting mixes, soil, fertilizers and light regimes to grow the winner. “When we planted our sunflowers we applied jump start to the roots and made sure that we regularly watered and fertilized our sunflowers,” Mr Lamborn said. “As well as growing the sunflowers in class, we also prepared a scientific report where we experimented with different variables and recorded changes in height, width of the stem and the number of leaves.

“It was great to see the students rewarded for all of their hard work in the classroom over the past 12 weeks and the dedication shown by the students to the task of nurturing their sunflowers showed they were committed and wanted to be involved in a fun and educational project,” said Associate Professor Vic Galea, Plant Pathologist with SAFS. “This year we have seen a number of new schools join the competition and attend the weigh-in day at UQ Gatton, as well as some schools taking part from Western Australia and South Australia.” Almost 90 schools participated in the 2015 competition, reaching over 3000 students in the classroom. At the weigh-in day, students participated in interactive sunflower themed science activities and heard from industry speakers on the importance of scientific knowledge and the diverse science based careers available.

The UQ Sunflower Competition, hosted by the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, The Australian Sunflower Association (ASA), Pacific Seeds, AgForce, Queensland Agriculture Teachers' Association (QATA) and the UQ Gatton past Students Association.

2015 Results

Overall 'Heaviest' Grand Champion - Downlands College

Australian Sunflower Association 'Heaviest' sunflower Category: Years 7-10

  • 1st – Downlands College class 10A – 3.54kg
  • 2nd – Downlands College class 9-2 – 2.855kg
  • 3rd – Downlands College class 10B – 2.799kg

Dow AgroSciences ‘Heaviest’ Sunflower Category: Years 11&12

  • 1st – Marymount College grade 12 – 2.296kg
  • 2nd – Glasshouse Country Christian College – 2.151kg
  • 3rd – Glasshouse Country Christian College – 2.099kg

Tallest Sunflower Prize: Downlands College – 2.69m

Most Ornamental Sunflower Prize: Kings Christian College

Encouragement Award 1: Kilcoy State High School

Encouragement Award 2: Ipswich State High School

 

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