Science & Technology

This year it is pleasing to see the continued commitment of clubs in supporting their regional Science and Technology Fairs.

This year there is a special bonus. We have Kasey Jackson, the managing editor of Kiwanis International magazine here in New Zealand visiting some of the fairs, interviewing participants, organisers and seeing the commitment, input and influence that Kiwanis has on the Science and Technology fairs. Having read a number of our reports and bulletins Kiwanis International is keen to follow this up here in New Zealand and throughout the world.

The Manakau Science and Technology Fair is supported by the Papatoetoe, Drury, Papakura, Shamrock and Waiau Pa-Clarks Beach clubs. Entries have come from Intermediate and Secondary Schools in the Manakau, Eastern Suburbs, Papakura and Counties areas. The fair itself was held at Mission Heights Junior College from 8 until the 11 August. This year the Governor-elect, Megan Allan, was present at the prize giving on the 18 August.

The Waikato Regional Science and Technology Fair is strongly supported by the Westside Hamilton Club. Murray Price, one of the two club representatives on the organising committee, has put a lot of time and effort into this. On the program was, setting up the fair at the Hamilton Gardens pavilion, providing lunches for judges, providing security and dismantling after the fair. This is all followed by the prize giving the following week. The Kiwanis Awards this year are, Year 9 & 10 Planet Earth and Beyond, and the Most Innovative Material World Exhibit.

The Bay of Plenty Science and Technology Fair is in the very capable hands of Mark Franken, as chair of the organising committee. The Roto Whenua club has, once again, fully committed to this successful fair held in Rotorua.

The Hawkes Bay Regional Science Fair this year was at Napier Girls’ High School with the prize giving at Whare EIT HB in Taradale. The Napier club has supported this fair on the organising committee. Sadly this may be the last year of their support as the members are getting “too old” to continue with the ongoing commitment.. There is a strong team of science teachers that are taking over the responsibilities. The fair will continue for the benefit of all our future leaders.

The Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair is a continued commitment of the Wellington Club. John Warriner is chair of the organising committee. This was, once again, held at Victoria University.

The Canterbury Westland Schools’ Science and Technology Fair. This year there has been a number of challenges that has faced the organising committee. Due to unforeseen circumstances the dates and venues of the fair itself and then the prize giving were changed at “the last minute”. The number of entries was down on last year. A vast majority of the entries were from the Intermediate range. Commitment on the organising committee came from the Christchurch and North West Christchurch clubs with the Christchurch club being the main provider on the day of the fair.

It is pleasing to note that the major prize winner from last year’s fair went on to the last of the national Realise the Dream ceremonies and collected three awards, the Genesis Energy Supreme Award, the Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Award and this is followed up by a trip to represent New Zealand at the European Union Young Scientist Competition in Milan, Italy in September this year. The recipient was Tim Logan from Darfield High School with his project “To Graze or Not To Graze”.

Thanks for all of your support and commitment to the Science and Technology Fairs throughout New Zealand.

Chris Cole
District Chair
Science and Technology
Past Governor.