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Student ingenuity on show at NIWA Science Fair

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

Student ingenuity on show at NIWA South Auckland ScienceFair

Science students from around south and east Auckland are putting their ingenuity and analytical skills on the line at next week’s annual NIWA South and east Auckland Science and Technology Fair.
About 120 entries have been received from almost 200 students representing schools around the region.

This year the student with the best project will win the premier award of $1000, while the runner up receives $500. There are also a range of categories which carry cash prizes for the winners.

Organiser Catherine Hunter of Mission Heights Junior College said the standard of entries continues to be extremely high.

“Science and technology fairs are all about getting students to think about the world around them and solve real-life problems. The students come up with new ideas and technologies that have real potential to become business enterprises.

“This is a great opportunity to view innovative and interesting ideas from our future scientists.”

Among the projects entered this year include:

Concussion Conundrum – a device which detects when someone has suffered concussion

Fluorosensing Waiuku - a device to determine an unknown amount of oil in a water sample, by using extra-virgin olive oil and Berocca tablets

Tempting Tempering - a project analysing white, milk and dark chocolate forms and their tempering to determine which temperature is best and creates the best taste and appearance.

What Wrap? – a project to find an alternative to expensive silage wrap

I Must Emit, I've Bean Curious – a project on the effect radiation can have on the growth on plants. Results showed small amounts of radiation is valuable to the growth of plants.

Judging for the NIWA South and East Auckland Regional Science and Technology Fair takes place on Friday and is open to the public on Monday, August 21 from 3-6.30pm and on Tuesday,
August 22 from 3-5pm at Mission Heights Junior College. Entry is free.

NIWA wishes all students entering the fair the very best of luck. NIWA is also a major sponsor of the Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Canterbury and Westland, and Wellington Science and Technology Fairs.

For more information see: sciencefairmanukau.org.nz


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