Craighead dominate science fair displays

Dirt and germs, teeth-rotting beverages and the subconscious mind were some of the many science themes on display at the Science and Technology Fair yesterday.

Projects filled the Caroline Bay Hall in the annual event that open to students from primary, intermediate and secondary schools.

There were 215 entries from 20 schools in the Central South Island area that runs from Ashburton to Oamaru.

Judges, including representatives from the University of Canterbury and the dairy industry, carefully perused the displays before making their decision on the overall winners.

Craighead Diocesan School was dominant this year, taking out all three placings.

Year 12 student Estelle Arundell won first in the fair with her project about the "carbon hand-print" - a positive look at the people's impact on the environment.

Year 10 student Laura Grigg took out second in the fair with her project that asked, "is bio-diesel the future?", and Year 13 students Eve Hepburn and Anna Bright won third in the fair with their project on boat buoyancy in salt water.

Organising committee chairwoman Julie McLean said there had been huge interest in the junior section and a pleasing number in the intermediate and senior sections.

The Timaru Herald