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Student Science And Technology Research Celebrated

From the Royal Society of New Zealand

For Immediate Release: 27 November 2008

Student Science And Technology Research Celebrated At National Event

Twenty nine students from around New Zealand have been selected to attend Genesis Energy Realise the Dream, Wellington, 7-12 December. The Royal Society of New Zealand-organised event celebrates students who have carried out excellent science, technology or engineering research.

Some of the research and technology projects students were selected for include; super-cooled computers for gaming, touch-screen technologies for household items, the effects of exercise in preventing memory loss, driver behaviour outside the school gate and weta mating behaviour.

During the week students will present their research to a panel of judges and visit science institutions such as GNS Science, Island Bay Marine Centre, Massey University Wellington and the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.

Students are then required to share their work with their communities before returning to Wellington for the Awards Dinner on Monday 9 March, where cash prizes of up to $7,000 and international travel to countries such as China and the United Kingdom will be presented.

“Genesis Energy Realise the Dream is about getting students excited about what science has to offer and giving them the opportunity to meet and network with likeminded students” says Royal Society of New Zealand organiser Debbie Woodhall.

Genesis Energy Realise the Dream is also sponsored by DairyNZ and The New Zealand Commission for UNESCO as well as other organisations that support individual awards.

Details of the students selected and the names of their projects are listed below in geographical order from north to south.

Lauren Wing, (17), Kerikeri High School.
Project Title: Effect of temperature on feeding rates of Monarch Caterpillars.

Joesph Windsor, (15), Mt Roskill Grammar School, Auckland.
Project Title: Boys on Bikes, exercise and concentration of adolescent boys.

Alwin Lim, (16), Mt Roskill Grammar School, Auckland.
Project Title: Frost - There's frost on my car but it's not freezing cold!

Alana Wylie, (16), & Kathleen Chatfield, (16), Auckland Diocesan School for Girls'.
Project Title: Use it or Lose it!, Exercise and the prevention of memory loss.

Surita Manoa, (11), Ponsonby Intermediate School, Auckland.
Project Title: The Art of Science, the science of paint production.

Abhilash Kamineni, (16), Mt Roskill Grammar School, Auckland.
Project Title: Tic-Tac-Toe, programme, multi purpose robot arm and touch screen clock.

Alyosha Yashin, (14), Macleans College, Auckland.
Project Title: How lucky was Robin Hood? Variables affecting the accuracy of an arrow.

Lucy Rogers, (15), Diocesan School for Girls', Auckland.
Project Title: Off the beaten track, The survival of reintroduced North Island robins on the mainland.

Georgia Halcrow, (11), Murray's Bay Intermediate School, Auckland.
Project Title: Mystery Numbers, Tools for teaching arithmetic in schools.

Eastern Bay of Plenty:
Shelley Moka, (13), & Te Hereripene Maui, (13), Taneatua Primary School, Whakatane.
Project Title: Traffic Trouble, Driver behaviour outside the school gate.

Bay of Plenty:
Olivia Thompson, (14), Aquinas College, Tauranga.
Project Title: CFL's Are they such a bright idea? The health issues of compact fluorescent lights.

Melissa Thomson, (17), Katikati College.
Project Title: Sick of Cicada's, Chorus cicada in kiwifruit orchards.

Carley Sheerin, (17), Katikati College.
Project Title: Katikati Quarry: The future of the quarry and the issues it creates.

Waikato/East Waikato:
Jake Martin, (17), Cambridge High School.
Project Title: The Wood Powered Engine.

Beth Hampton, (12), Matamata Intermediate School.
Project Title: Stretchy tent bags.

Anna Palmer, (15), Palmerston North Girls' High School.
Project Title: Warning Lights, toxicology of the native earthworm O. Multiporus.

Wellington Region:
Nika Thomson, (15), Sacred Heart Girls' College, Lower Hutt.
Project Title: Sugar Rush: what hypo treatment is best for Type I Diabetics.

Oliver Pooke, (12), Hutt International Boys School.
Project Title: Diode Discovery, The electrical properties of oxidised metals.

Liam Ellis, (17), Hutt Valley High School.
Project Title: VIPER (Versatility in Picaxe Engineering & Robotics)

Sam Watson, (11), & Callum Sinclair, (11), Tawa Intermediate.
Project Title: The Nature of Light.

Nelson Region:
Nathan Denmead, (16), Waimea College, Nelson.
Project Title: Rockets away, Rocket engine performance.

Victor Kang, (17) Burnside High School, Christchurch.
Project Title: To mate or not to mate? Weta mating behaviour.

Logan Glasson, (12), Westburn Primary School, Christchurch.
Project Title: Pest Trap Monitor.

Reuben Posthuma, (14), Homeschooled, Canterbury.
Project Title: Computer refrigeration system controller.

Rhian Gaffney, (13), Logan Park High School, Dunedin.
Project Title: Jemima Puddleduck, Breeding behaviour and survival of Mallard ducks.

Ben Mulholland, (16), Taieri College, Dunedin.
Project title: iPod SuperDock, ipod docking station.

Maggie Fellowes, (13), Limehills School, Dipton.
Project Title: Salmonella Blues, Sheep behaviour and vaccination for Salmonella Bradenburg.


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