Student ingenuity on show at NIWA science fair


Science students are putting their ingenuity and analytical skills on the line at this weekend’s annual NIWA Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair.

About 350 students have entered this year’s fair from about 25 schools in both regions which is being held at the Engineering and Architectural Studies building, Kahukura, of Ara Institute of Canterbury, Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch.

This year the student with the best project will win the premier award of $1000. There is also a wide range of categories which carry cash prizes for the winners.

Organisers of this year’s fair say the standard of entries continues to be extremely high.

“Science and technology fairs are all about getting students to think about the world around them and solve real-life problems. The students come up with new ideas and technologies that have real potential to become business enterprises.

“This is a great opportunity to view innovative and interesting ideas from our future scientists.”

Among the projects entered this year include:

  • Anti earthquake wall panels
  • Algae growth in the Selwyn River
  • Comparison of seaweed treatment on sandy mite in chickens
  • Plant pH and pollution

Judging for the NIWA Canterbury-Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair takes place on Saturday morning and is open to the public on Saturday from 2-5pm and on Sunday from 9am-noon.

Prizegiving is at 11am on Sunday.

NIWA wishes all students entering the fair the very best of luck. NIWA is also a major sponsor of the South and East Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Auckland City and Wellington Science and Technology Fairs.

For more information see: