Burnie High School

Liam's plans to expand

Plans to expand: Liam Grieve with the machine he used to measure the nutrient content in his "Troubled Waters" project, which took him to a national science competition this week.

Aspiring Burnie scientist Liam Grieve has returned from a national science competition in Melbourne with ideas for his next big project.

Liam wants to expand the scope of his "Troubled Waters" project that got him one of 26 places in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards 2014.

His project looked into how native vegetation can lower the amount of nutrients in water.

"There's still some unanswered questions," Liam said at school yesterday.

In Liam's previous experiment, he found plants could absorb nutrient-rich water before it runs into a body of water.

In Melbourne the Burnie High School student came up against others from some of Australia's better-known schools.

During the visit Liam visited reputable universities like RMIT and Melbourne University and visited a CSIRO laboratory.

"I learned loads," Liam said.

At RMIT, the students were shown a high-end engineering machine that can design titanium parts to replace cancer-affected areas of bone.

After his trip, Liam said he was not sure what kind of science he might pursue after school, but hinted his favourite might be biology.

Burnie High School staff said they were proud of Liam.

Story by Jason Thomas, The Advocate