FAIRVALE High School has a lot to be proud of.
A group of four year 10 students competed in the Young Master Scientists Competition and were among five other schools selected as finalists.
Head science teacher Cherine Spirou said as part of the competition, the students had to come up with a way to investigate the concept of light, as well as creating a seven-minute video to portray it.
"They chose the theme forensic science in a haunted house and they used mirrors, torches and UV lights to demonstrate the concept," she said.
"They spoke about the law of reflection with the mirrors and torches, and the UV light was used to pick up traces of blood."
Student Charlie Abouhamad, 15, said the group chose to base their experiment on forensic science and crime because all participants were interested in the topic.
But, he said, he didn't expect to do so well and become finalists in the competition.
"It was very overwhelming," he said. "As we approach the finals, it's very nerve-racking but it will be a new experience we're all willing to take on. We're excited about it."
Another student Amelyah Isaac, 15, agreed and said she was thrilled her group would now compete in the final leg of the competition.
"It's a once in a lifetime chance to be selected so we're pretty excited about it," she said.
"The best experience about it is showing science while performing it in front of an audience."
The school was one of five selected as finalists from 22 entries.
The Young Master Scientists Competition final will be held at the Powerhouse Museum on September 18.
Winners will each receive an iPad mini, as well as having the surfing scientist Ruben Meerman visit the school. Details: http://tinyurl.com/m3v2jqh.