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Teacher Information

Information for the day

  • All project must be dropped off at the Trafalgar Centre on Monday the 21 September between 1-5pm (if this is an issue for you please let us know, we will try and arrange something).
  • All projects must be clearly marked with NAME and SCHOOL on the back (it will be impossible for us to register them if not.
  •  All projects will be interviewed so students will need to attend the judging day, Tuesday 22 September. Art project will not be interviewed so they will not require to attend.
  •  Students must be there between 9am and 2pm on their judging day and be supervised by a teacher/parents, we are not responsible for the safety of the kids on site.
  •  We do NOT supply extension cables or guarantee use of electricity. All projects displayed on devices need to be fully charged and a have a paper backup.
  •  Students will be advised of their judging times on the day and will need to be at their project at set times.

Science Communicator Award

We have a specific prize for science communication. Student must be willing to give a 7-10 min talk to a large public about their project.

This year we will be judging this award on Tuesday 22 September at a time TBC  

We will have our guest speaker from Cawthron Institute to talk to the public about science communication and ocean acidification. 


Health and Safety

Please read the Trafalgar Center Safety Plan.(relevant sections 3.2 to 3.4 and sections 40 to 43.) Everyone will be given a briefing at 9am on the judging day.

Important Changes

We have been re-thinking the fair and would like to make is easier for all those interested in science and technology to be involved. We understand the style of the fair doesn't encourage all types of learners and students. We have made a few changes we will hope will achieve our aim


This year we will open up new categories for students to enter along with being able to enter as an individual, a group or class.

  • Science experiments (using  scientific method)*
  • Technology Project (using technological process)*
  • Science/Tech Investigation (a more descriptive style project where an investigation or observational study is conducted-no end product or measurable response is required)
  • Art in Science-Displays of art inspired by science or technology


 Not everyone has the same ability in presenting their work. This year we invite students to be creative and think up of new ways to present their work. They will have the same amount of space per project and of course all the information needs to be easily viewed by the judges and the public, but there will be no restrictions as to the method of display. Log books will still be required. Project maybe displayed using an electronic device, however we may not be able to supply electricity, please bring fully charged devices and additionally bring out printed version. We are not responsible for any damage or loss of any device or display.



Please make sure all students using animals or human in their project have taken ethical considerations, for more information regarding this please see our Ethics page or contact us


Apart from the change mentioned above it is important that all students read the entry form properly and complete the form correctly. Please feel free to contact us is you have any query regarding this.

All projects must be delivered to Northern Extension, Trafalgar Center on Monday 25th September between 3-6pm, please contact us if it will be an issue for your school.


Both the Science and Technology type projects will still use the same judging criteria as in other years. The best way for students to get high marks is to make sure they are covering everything in the judging criteria. Please view the criteria that will be used by the judges:

Science project judging criteria
Technology project judging criteria

Judging day:

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Viewing day

Wednesday 23 September 2020 - Open to public and schools 10am-6pm, please contact us if you would like to have a tour to see what it takes to produce a winning project.

Awards Ceremony

This year's award ceremony will be held on Wednesday 22 October 2020 (TBC) @ Elim Church, Stoke.

Schools will be advise which students will need to attend the event. A list of winning projects can be found on our Update page


Yes, as always we desperately need your help for the smooth running of the Nelson Science and Technology Fair.

Help comes along in the form of judging, coordinating students, providing feedback for students, liaising with media on the day, and the list goes on!

If you can help in some way we would love to hear from you. It's a fantastic opportunity for professional development for new teachers and for those experienced team players it is invaluable to have you on board again.

So contact us now, don't delay, pick up the phone, write an email. You never know, there could be free food...



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