Project trip a dream finish for science star

19:09, Dec 18 2012

Invercargill science star Robert Tucker missed out on a prize at the national Realise the Dream science competition but said his experience was still a great finish to the school year.

The 17-year-old outgoing James Hargest College student was one of 20 from around the country selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand to take part in the North Island competition last week, based on a winning science project.

Hosted by the governor-general at Government House, Robert visited the Leigh Marine Centre, the Liggins Institute, and Niwa for talks from scientists and engineers about cutting edge work in their field.

Though Robert wasn't awarded one of the nine prizes for his project - a look at whether the chemical in PVC gloves could leach into the wearer's skin, which won the premier award at the Southland science fair in September - he was pleased he got as far as he did, with a project that took him about a week to put together. One of the competition winners spent about three years on her project, he said.

"It was a brilliant, brilliant experience - it just reinforced what I want to do."

Robert plans to study a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and then pursue his PhD.


The Southland Times