Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


NIWA Wellington science fair winners named


NIWA Wellington science fair winners named

The 2013 NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair has again been a resounding success, with over 500 intermediate and secondary school students taking part.

The fair, sponsored by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), is open for public viewing today and tomorrow morning at Victoria University of Wellington. Prizes will be awarded tomorrow, Saturday 31 August, starting at 1pm.

The Chief Judge Gillian Turner, from the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University, says: “Yesterday’s fair showed without doubt that science and technology are alive and thriving in the secondary and intermediate schools of Wellington and the Hutt Valley.

"The 410 exhibits which packed the undergraduate laboratories of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University, showed the enormous level of enthusiasm and innovation of the next generation of scientists and the dedication of their teachers, parents and caregivers in supporting them."

She said each project was individually conceived, designed and carried out and almost all explored applications well beyond the traditional school curriculum showing, for example concern for the environment, for sustainability and health issues.

"The team of 26 judges was hard pushed to select prize-winners from the many excellent and varied entries that included investigations into the new light proof milk bottles, several up to the minute projects on earthquakes, liquefaction and tsunamis, projects on whether music helps us to remember better or plants to grow better, and technological creations involving electronics, hydraulics – even a cosmic ray detector.

"If yesterday’s fair is any indication, we will be in excellent hands when this generation of students moves through tertiary education and into the work force.”


Top prizewinners:

Giotto Frean, a Year 10 student from Wellington College, won the $1000 Royal Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch prize for best overall exhibit with his project: “Using a cloud chamber to detect cosmic ray showers”. Giotto was also judged first in Class 4.

Lily Mason-Mckay, a Year 13 student from Wellington High School, won the Victoria University Innovation Prize of $4000 towards the fees in the first year of a Victoria University of Wellington undergraduate degree in science or engineering, which is donated by the university’s Research Office. Lily’s exhibit “Why don’t planes fall out of the sky?” investigated the properties of lift within an airstream. Lily also won a nomination for Genesis Energy Realise the Dream, and was judged first in Class 5.

Miro Macdonald, a Year 7 student from Wadestown School, won the Victoria University Faculty of Science prize of an iPad for the best Class 1-4 (Years 7 - 10) exhibit. Miro’s project “Thermal conductivity of Fabrics” was also judged first equal in Class 1.

Other age class winners:

Louis Thomas, from Northland School, with “Insulation, Insulation, Insulation” was judged first equal in Class 1 (Year 7).

Elinor Taylor, from Raroa Normal Intermediate with “Death to Moss and Lichen”, was judged first in Class 2 (Year 8).

Alex Sharples and Sebastian Thompson, from Wellington College with “Dirt Cheap” were judged first in Class 3 (Year 9).


Other winners:

Adrina Venayagam, a Year 11 student from Tawa College, won the University of Otago Prize of a trip to 2014 Hands on Science summer school. Her exhibit was “Breath of Clean Air - Air Quality”.

Shruti Iyer, a Year 13 student from Queen Margaret’s College, won a nomination for Genesis Energy Realise the Dream. Her exhibit was Radicals vs. Radicles.

Details of the main prizewinners, and the first prizewinner in each class are posted at: www.sciencefair.org.nz.

Public viewing:
Laby Building, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington
9am – 5pm, Friday 30 August
9am – 12.30pm, Saturday 31 August

Prizegiving:
1pm, Saturday 31 August, Maclaurin Lecture Theatre 3, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

BusinessDesk: APN's NZME Sees Future In Paywalls, Growth In Digital Sales

APN News & Media has touted a single newsroom concept for its NZME unit in New Zealand, similar to what Germany's Die Welt uses, saying an 'integrated sales proposition' is helping it win market share, including ... More>>

Labour Party: Global Milk Prices Now Lowest In 6 Years

The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices ... More>>

BusinessDesk: NZ Inflation Expectations Creep Higher In June Survey

May 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand businesses lifted their expectations for inflation over the next two years, sapping any immediate pressure on the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates, and prompting the kiwi dollar to jump higher. More>>

BusinessDesk: Lower Fuel Costs Drive Down NZ Producer Input, Output Prices

May 19 - Producer input and output prices fell in the first quarter, mainly reflecting lower fuel costs and weakness in prices of meat and dairy products. More>>

Media: Fairfax Media NZ Announces Senior Editorial Team

Fairfax Media New Zealand has today confirmed its new editorial leadership team, as part of a transformation of its newsrooms aimed at enhancing local and national journalism across digital and print. More>>

Science: Flavonoids Reduce Cold And Cough Risk

Flavonoids reduce cold and cough risk Research from the University of Auckland shows eating flavonoids – found in green tea, apples, blueberries, cocoa, red wine and onions – can significantly reduce the risk of catching colds and coughs. The research, ... More>>


BusinessDesk: RBNZ House Alert Speech The Catalyst For Government Action

Prime Minister John Key all but conceded that pressure from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for concerted action on rampant Auckland house prices was one of the main catalysts for the government's weekend announcements about tightly ... More>>

BusinessDesk: How To Fall Foul Of The New Housing Tax Rules: Tips From IRD

Just because you rented out your investment property doesn't absolve you from paying tax, says the Inland Revenue Department in a summary of commonly made mistakes by non-professional property investors when it comes to their tax liability.More>>

Legal: Superdiversity Law, Policy And Business Stocktake Announced

Mai Chen, Managing Partner at Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment Law Specialists and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, today announced the establishment ... More>>

Housing: More House Price Gains Expected

House price expectations remain high, with a net 56% of respondents expecting house prices will increase. Fears of higher interest rates are fading, consistent with the RBNZ’s signals this year. Affordability and a lack of houses for ... More>>

TDDA: State-Of-The-Art Drug Testing Laboratory To Open In Auckland

World leading drug testing agencies, The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) and Omega Laboratories, open New Zealand laboratory More>>

Network: Bigpipe Launches Ultra-Fast Broadband Into Wellington

Bigpipe Launches Ultra-Fast Broadband into Wellington Naked broadband provider Bigpipe has extended its national reach, announcing today, the launch of its unlimited UFB offering into Wellington. The Spark Venture business is giving Wellingtonians the ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news