Wellington’s next top scientists compete
Students are a sceptical lot going by the entry titles into this year’s NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair.
Many of this year’s entrants have taken a questioning look at everyday issues or have challenged claims made about products.
Topics covered this year include:
- Is Porirua tap water safe to drink?
- Are coffee grinds actually good for plants?
- Are claims that liquid soap is 99% germ free correct?
- Are cheap batteries worth the money?
Then there is a clutch of weather-related projects that include trying to predict the right scenarios for tornados, investigating climate change and working out if it’s possible to build a homemade wind turbine out of recycled materials to produce enough power to charge a cell phone.
Teachers on hand at the fair may want to check out one project it particular. It examines the correlation between teachers and personality types, questioning whether there is a particular personality type for teachers.
This year the fair takes place at the former Karori Teachers’ College with public viewing this Friday from 1-3pm.
NIWA is a sponsor of six other regional science and technology fairs.
For more information see: www.sciencefair.org.nz
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