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Clever Weasel is Clever

weasel by beth47
Agent Weasel entered the Science Fair at her school this year. Her project was a reasonably complex one:

  • Grow mustard seeds in varying concentrations of copper sulphate solution
  • Harvest the leaves and take photos of them against a white background
  • Write a Python script to examine the photos and correlate the colour of the leaves with the copper concentration they were grown in
  • Produce the result as an infographic
  • Do some analysis of the results to see if it fit the hypothesis (that different copper contents in the growth medium affects leaf colour)

    Further complexity was added due to her needing to learn Python first!

    She won her school competition (yay!) and went on to the regional finals. Where, while she didn't win Best in Show (we initially thought she had due to a misunderstanding on her teacher's part), she did win:

    A Computer Science University of Otago Award
    An Otago Polytechnic School of Information Technology Award
    A New Zealand Statistical Award
    A Premier Award (one of six given)
    The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre Future Scientist - Gifted and Talented Award

    In addition, she was the top Year 7 in the competition (which was open to Year 7 and Year 8 students).

    Needless to say we are very pleased and very proud parents! We know how hard the Weasel worked for this result, and are glad her efforts have borne such fruit.

    Anyone interested in a PDF of her work, please e-mail.



    ( 31 comments — Leave a comment )
    Aug. 21st, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
    YAY!!!!! Totally deserved.

    Brilliant Weasel! (And brilliant parents!)

    And total brilliance all around ;-)

    More YAY!!!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
    Yay the Weasel!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
    That all sounds very impressive!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
    That's an impressive science project! Congratulations to her.
    Aug. 21st, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
    That's a very impressive project! Yay for Agent Weasel!! And yay again for such awesome parents. :D

    I'd love to see the graphic of her project, btw. :)
    Aug. 21st, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
    That's fantastic! :)
    Aug. 21st, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
    Congratulations to the Weasel! And congrats to her very proud parents too :D

    Heck, I'm proud of her all the way over here in the US :)

    Aug. 21st, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
    Go Weasel! Congratulations!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
    You have every right to be very proud of her. Congratulations to Agent Weasel.
    Aug. 21st, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
    Yay Agent Weasel! That sort of project would never even have OCCURRED to me!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
    Terrific job!
    I hope the Weasel is encouraged to submit a paper to the upcoming Kiwi PyCon conference. Google is your friend ... regards Steve Holden, Chairman, Python Software Foundation
    Aug. 21st, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
    Go, Agent Weasel!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
    Heh, so my sister wanted to enter the science fair in Palmerston North. She worked really hard on it (testing what bacteria grew in various drinking water places), even did some gene sequencing. However, she couldn't enter the science fair because a) her teacher failed to tell her the deadline for entries and b) in the Manawatu, high school students aren't allowed to grow bacteria at 37 degrees. No real reason, it's allowed everywhere else in the country. The teacher knew about this too, and also didn't tell her.

    It's a shame!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
    in the Manawatu, high school students aren't allowed to grow bacteria at 37 degrees.

    I'd like to know how they intend to prevent it.
    Aug. 21st, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
    please e-mail for a link
    I don't have your email address. Will this do instead? (My username works, if you need an email address for me.)
    Aug. 21st, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
    Well done, Agent Weasel!!!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
    Well done her!!

    Aug. 21st, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
    brilliant :) congrats to her!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
    Aug. 21st, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
    Go go Agent Weasel!! You're smarter than I am!!

    *goes off to find out what on earth Python is...*
    Aug. 21st, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
    Clever missy. Pass on my congratulations!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
    Oh hurrah! Yes, I want the PDF and you know my email :D

    YAY AGENT WEASEL!! *cheers*
    Aug. 21st, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
    I hope she got shinies for at least some of those awards :D
    Aug. 21st, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
    Wow that's an amazing project, go Agent Weasel!
    Aug. 21st, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
    Wow! That's truly marvelous. Congrats to her. :)
    Aug. 21st, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
    BRILLIANT! Hurray for Weasel!
    Aug. 22nd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
    Please pass on my congratulations on how fantabulous she is!
    Aug. 22nd, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
    Fantastic! Congratulations to her!
    Aug. 22nd, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
    Congrats to her! That's an amazing effort.
    Aug. 24th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
    Clever weasel is very clever! Congratulations to her and to the proud parents who helped her exploit those gifts!
    Oct. 31st, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
    The PSF is Amazed by the Weasel
    Please let the Weasel know that the Chairman of the Python Software Foundation regards this as a terrific piece of work, and an outstanding demonstration of Python's value in education.

    Well done that Weasel!
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