The Kiwanis Club of Roto Whenua has now been organising and running the NIWA BOP Science & Technology fair every year since 2003. Prior to this time, the fair was held in various venues around the Bay area, but the closing of a number of clubs made it more practical to hold the event in a central location. Overall entry numbers were down on the previous year, however the judges were impressed by the generally high standard of entries shown and we had a much needed increase in the number of senior student entries this year. The only glitch was a small mix-up with some certificates at the prize giving ceremony, otherwise the whole event was organised with a minimum of fuss and feedback from the various judges was positive.
Once again Tracey Burton from NIWA in Hamilton was the Chief Judge and Tracey rewrote the judges’ handbook for us to send out. Ex Western Heights High School pupil Louise Sandford was the presenter for the Otago University Summer School Award which went to Western Heights High School pupil Kathleen Ashley for her exhibit “Poisoned Possums”. Kathleen’s parents had to put up with some unpleasant odours whilst the subjects decayed.
KI magazine staff editor Kasey Jackson visited the Waikato Science fair and then came down to our fair. Kasey had the opportunity to speak to students and judges on the first day of the fair and then attended the prize giving ceremony.
The NIWA Premier Award went to Year 7 student, Cole Anderson, from Tauranga Intermediate School who took home $1140 cash and two big trophies.