Focus on the Land
Record entries in school science fair
Thursday, August 16, 2012
A RECORD 410 exhibits from 21 schools have been submitted to the 2012 Gisborne-East Coast Regional Science and Technology Fair.
The regional event is open to primary, intermediate and secondary school students.
Secondary school students who have undertaken a piece of outstanding research can be nominated for the national Realise the Dream competition.
Nominees have to write a report and make a video of their project. This is assessed in Wellington before they can be accepted into the national event, so judges have to ensure the work is of an exceptional standard, says chief regional judge Willem van den Worm.
In the past two years two Gisborne-East Coast students have been accepted into the prestigious event.
“A huge interest in science is coming out of primary and intermediate schools. What we observe is that many of these students are so excited with science that their interest carries on. We hope that will continue into secondary school.”
The fair is on today at Ilminster Intermediate and is open to the public. Prizegiving will be held at Gisborne Girls’ High School hall on Thursday, August 23 from 6.30pm.
SCIENCE DREAMING: Chief judge of the Regional Science and Technology Fair, Willem van den Worm, assesses one of 410 exhibits submitted by 21 schools. Picture by Dave Thomas
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