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Winners of Wellington Science Fair Announced

Winners of Wellington Science Fair Announced

The 2015 NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair has again been a resounding success, with more than 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 29 August, starting at 1pm.

The Chief Judge Bradley Douglass, from the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University, says: “It was again the toughest though most enjoyable job for our 28 judges to work their way through 400 exhibits, talking to the exhibitors and getting a sense for their passion for their chosen topics, and the challenges they went through to complete their research.

“Intermediate through to high-school, the quality of ideas and execution of projects was so apparent. It was good to see, read and hear that the entrants are using so many resources in their libraries, community, family, and online to find things out and build things, and then tell such a great story of what makes their conclusions important to them and to others.”

Top prizewinners:

Jacqui Ormsby, a Year 8 student from Wadestown School, won the $1000 Royal Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch prize for best overall exhibit with her project: “Would Wood Filter”. Jacqui was also judged first in Class 2. Jacqui wanted to find a cheap and readily accessible water filter that could be used in disaster recovery, and so tried using different types of wood as a filter.

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Jack Tregidga, a Year 12 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.

Jack’s exhibit was “Clumsy Coffee Cup”, and investigated the factors that make coffee slosh out of a cup when it is being carried. Jack also won the University of Otago Prize of a trip to 2016 Hands on @Otago summer school, and was judged first in Class 5.

Zavier Boyd, a Year 10 student from Naenae College, won the Victoria University Faculty of Science prize of an iPad for the best Class 1-4 (Years 7 - 10) exhibit. Zavier’s project “The Heat Is On” was also judged first equal in Class 4. Zavier developed a house temperature simulation program, which accounts for wall thickness, insulation, and number of windows.

Other age class winners:

Embla Joergensen, from Evans Bay Intermediate, was judged first equal in Class 1 (Year 7) with a project “Liquifaction”.

Maeghan Casey, from St Benedict's School, was judged first equal in Class 1 (Year 7) with a project “Woolly Jumpers: for people, sheep and houses!”.

Dani Brearton and Nika Reichert, from Chilton Saint James School, were judged first in Class 3 (Year 9) with a project called “Ozone / Nozone”.

Tara Kendon, from Wellington Girls' College, was judged first equal in Class 4 (Year 10) with “Dangerous Homes? Measuring the Radio Frequency and Magnetic Field Output from Household Objects and Appliances”.


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 28 August
9am – 12.30pm, Saturday 29 August

Prizegiving:
1pm, Saturday 29 August, Maclaurin Lecture Theatre 3, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.

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