Winning Queenstown science week project "very fun"

Queenstown Primary School students Jacob Stokes, 11, and Winter De Haan, 10, show Gareth Harcombe, 15, their model ...
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Queenstown Primary School students Jacob Stokes, 11, and Winter De Haan, 10, show Gareth Harcombe, 15, their model showing how the sun shines on the earth and makes seasons, as part of the Catalyst Trust 'inSight event.

How do seasons work?

A project answering that question by Queenstown Primary School students Jacob Stokes, 11, and Winter De Haan, 10, was given an outstanding award at last week's science and technology week.

The project was one of 24 table-top science presentations by primary school students in the Wakatipu during the event.

Wakatipu High School students  Sam Lauder and Ben Kunath, both 14, science busking with dry ice, water and dish washing ...
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Wakatipu High School students Sam Lauder and Ben Kunath, both 14, science busking with dry ice, water and dish washing liquid, as part of the Catalyst Trust 'inSight event.

The pair made a model showing how the sun shines on the earth to make the seasons using torches and foam balls.

To win the award they were required to explain their science clearly and accurately and engage their audience.

Organiser Jim Gilbert said in all of the projects the scientific method was clearly visible where appropriate and students impressed with their grasp of some big science ideas.

De Haan said putting the project together was "very fun."

The event was part of the Fast Forward prong of the Catalyst Trust's "inSight - a sneak peek at our future" science week - which involved over 600 school children from primary schools and Wakatipu High School in a week of interactive science.

Other events included the Lab in the Box from Otago University with 3-D printing and other displays in the high school car park for students and public and science busking.

Hundreds of science projects, plus posters and fast forward logos were on display and TEDx-style talks were given by the students after training by local TEDx presenters.

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Awards were judged by University of Otago pro Vice Chancellor of research and enterprise Prof Richard Blaikie and donated by the Dick and Diana Hubbard Foundation.

The other outstanding award was given for a Wakatipu High School project and was won by Lucy Tulloch, Molly Woodham and Arwyn Donnelly-Cranston for their work on water quality.

 

 - Stuff

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