Budding scientists impress judges

23:51, Jul 29 2014
Rick Wood
SOUND SCIENCE: Chief judge Rick Wood is impressed with the methods and techniques used by pupils Alton Gondipon and Patrick Fisher-Evans in their science investigation.

Taranaki's eager scientists have had their thinking caps on while delving into the world of science.

Observational drawings, journal articles, posters, photographs and investigation pieces were among the 900 exhibits entered by 25 schools in the 2014 Fonterra Taranaki Science and Technology Fair.

Chief judge Rick Wood told the Taranaki Daily News he was impressed with the quality of the entries in this year's fair.

Wood said the senior pupils' work was "definitely better" than last year's.

He was delighted with the increased entries in the senior category, going from nine last year to 18.

Francis Douglas Memorial College pupils Alton Gondipon and Patrick Fisher-Evans' science project stood out in Wood's mind.

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The boys' investigation, Save the World: The Cost is Chicken Feed, looked into the possibility of developing "new poultry feed using palm kernel cake fermented with waste untreated buttermilk".

The project was to see how Eltham's buttermilk issue could be turned into something sustainable.

Wood said the boys' had carried out an "in-depth study" into the topic and both their "experimental methods and conclusion" were spot on. Fellow judge Jeanne Marshall was pleased with the observational drawings submitted.

She said the drawings were of "extremely high standards" and some were just "absolutely brilliant".

However, Wood said he wants to see more entries in next year's senior technological development section.

Winners are announced today with tertiary scholarships totalling $5000 to be won.

Taranaki Daily News