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

 

Students seek scientific solutions


Everything from traffic safety to chickens and ballet shoes has had a scientific eye cast over it ahead of this year’s NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair.

The annual fair, one of seven regional events sponsored by NIWA, has attracted 328 entries from 34 schools in the region and is being held on Friday and Saturday at the Alan MacDiarmid Building at Victoria University.

The students are competing for a total of about $15,000 in prizes with the top prize for best overall exhibit attracting the NIWA prize of $1000.

Among the projects up for judging this year is a study into how pest control has impacted native bird numbers in Wellington’s eastern suburbs as well as a project examining how much nitrate is in different water sources in the region and an investigation into improving traffic safety at T junctions on the open road. One student has also tested various materials in ballet shoes to take the pressure off toes.

NIWA freshwater ecologist and science fair coordinator Tracey Burton says the fairs are an important platform for students to think about and engage with science.

“For many young students, science fairs are the first time they will design and carry out their own scientific investigation. We hope the experience will inspire them to pursue careers in science and technology.”

Sponsoring science and technology fairs throughout New Zealand is part of NIWA’s long-term commitment to enhancing science and technology for young New Zealanders.

The NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair is open to the public on Friday from midday to 5pm and on Saturday from 9am to noon.

See: www.sciencefair.org.nz

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Seeking 'Clarity': Crown To Appeal Southern Response Decision, Offers Costs

“It is our intention that the clarity that will come from the outcome of these proceedings will enable the Crown to work with Southern Response to provide a soundly based proactive solution to those people that are affected.” More>>

Thinking Of The Children: Plan For Classification For Commercial Video On Demand

Classifying on-demand video content will be made mandatory to bring it in line with other media and provide better guidance and protections to families and young people, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. More>>

Cheques Out: Inland Revenue And ACC Push For Paperless

Inland Revenue and the Accident Compensation Corporation are calling ‘time’ on cheques. From March next year, IR and ACC will no longer accept payments by cheque from customers who are able to use alternative payment options. More>>

ALSO:

"Vision And Growth": Capital Markets 2029 Report

Broader participation by New Zealanders, greater access to growth capital for New Zealand enterprises, and more choices for investors drive the recommendations in the Capital Markets 2029 report released today. More>>

ALSO:

Forest & Bird: Call For More Funding To Stop Plague Of Wallabies

Wallabies could spread over a third of New Zealand within the next 50 years, unless control is increased dramatically, says Forest & Bird central North Island regional manager Rebecca Stirnemann. More>>

ALSO: