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Science and Technology Fair

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Cawthron Science and Technology fair 2017!!

We had over 130 prizes given out at the Awards Ceremony.

Our supreme awards in 2017 went to:

Science Supreme Award

 Phoebe Fulton, Nayland College.

Phoebe, a year 13 student, completed three investigations on ocean and river health. One experiment was conducted during biology workshops at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park. When Phoebe looked at the effect of microbeads on mussel feeding, she found that higher concentrations of microbeads led to decreased feeding rates. Phoebe’s other two studies looked at sediment changes in Tasman Bay, and whether the amount of dissolved oxygen in the Maitai and Brook waterways could be used as an indicator of river health. In all three investigations Phoebe showed a great understanding of data and the validity of her methods.


Technology Supreme Award

 Luke Heaphy, St Joseph's Primary School. ‘Go Quietly Or Go Home’

Luke, a year 8 student, decided to build an electric motocross bike that he could race in. He wanted to reduce CO2 emissions and noise pollution. Luke did in-depth research about the type of motors and starters he would need and, after several modifications, built a fully functional motorbike. He showed us all a short video at the Sci-tec Expo of him trying the bike out and he also spoke at the communicators event. Luke tested the bike’s speed against his normal bike and found it was great.

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