Youngsters' projects on show at science fair

BRITTANY PICKETT
Last updated 05:00 20/08/2014
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YOUNG SCIENTIST: Halfmoon Bay School pupil Sophie Conner, 13, with her chip exhibit at the New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Southland Science and Technology Fair.

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Little Einsteins from far and wide are showing off their experiments at the Southland Science and Technology Fair.

Year 5 to 13 pupils from about 20 schools throughout the south are competing in the annual event, being held at the Ascot Park Hotel.

NZAS Science and Technology Fair chairwoman Samantha York said competing in the fair was a way for the children to learn about overcoming difficulties in conducting their experiments.

"What we look for in winning projects is an innovative idea backed up by data and scientific method," she said.

The projects also had to be repeatable, she said.

Brilliant ideas could be let down by projects that weren't backed up by science or weren't repeatable, she said.

Halfmoon Bay pupil Keisha Wright, 9, compared weather from throughout the country with the weather on Stewart Island.

"I found out that even if towns and cities are closer to Antarctica, some of them aren't always the coldest," she said.

She watched the news to see what the weather was doing around the country and checked online for temperatures.

The fair is open to the public from 5pm to 7pm today, 10am until 7pm tomorrow and 10am until 3pm on Friday. The award ceremony is at 5pm on Friday.

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- The Southland Times

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