Having proper props, a bad hair day or exhausted oceans?
Just some of the issues raised by the regions winning students at the Cawthron Science and Technology Fair this year.
The atmosphere was electric in the Broadgreen Intermediate School hall as students, teachers and parents attended the Fair Awards Event on Tuesday 15th October. With over $8000 in prizes to be won this year, an air of anticipation could be felt around the room.
Top scoring students had the opportunity to win a huge variety of prizes ranging from an all-expenses place at the Science Tellers Conference sponsored by the Nelson Science Society, the historic Forest and Bird Shield, a personalised trophy created by the Centre for Fine Woodworking sponsored by the Dick Roberts Memorial Trust and thousands of dollars in prize money from Cawthron and other local organisations.
This year was a combined Fair inviting students from Primary, Intermediate and Senior Schools and a record 300 projects were received. Schools from throughout the region were represented in the top ranking projects including, Ranzau, Nelson Central and Mapua Schools, Nelson College For Girls, Nayland College and Nelson College. Nelson College For Girls achieved an outstanding result for another year receiving seventeen of the available awards.
Cassie Ransom and Francesca Todd Rose (Nelson College For Girls) performed exceptionally well and received the Des Duthie Supreme Technology Award for their investigation of the chemical reaction between chlorine and urea in swimming pools. They also received the Hands on Science Award, a week-long science workshop at the University of Otago.
Receiving the Whole Class Award for Science and Technology was Room Eleven of Victory Primary School for their project 'Food For The Future', an investigation which involved the students designing and building an aquaponics system for sustainable food production