The Taranaki Science and Technology Fair has been paving the way for future kiwi scientists and techies for a few years now.
Christine and Michael Fenton are the directors of Nexus Research Group, the organisation that is currently a driving force behind the fair.
Since the birth of the group, the Fenton's have been encouraging students of all ages to develop a passion for learning and problem solving.
While entries for the fair officially closed on the 6th of July, event organisers state that late entries will be accepted for display – they just won’t be judged.
Sections for the fair are as follows:
- Scientific Investigation
- Technological Development
- Scientific Journalism
- Observational Drawing
- Scientific Photography
- Advertising Poster
- Steam Car Challenge
- Water Rocket Challenge
Scientific Investigation & Technological Development: 1st Prize $150, 2nd Prize $80, Merit $20
Best in Fair: Fonterra Trophy and $500 cash.
Runner up: Dow Agro Sciences Trophy and $300 cash.
Best Exhibit Years 11 - 13: Independent Technology Limited Ltd Trophy & $125 cash.
Best Exhibit Year 9 & 10: Methanex NZ Ltd Trophy and $125 cash.
Best Exhibit Year 7 & 8: Fonterra Trophy and $125 cash.
Observational Drawing: 1st Prize $50, 2nd Prize $30, Merit $20
Scientific Journalism: 1st Prize $50, 2nd Prize $30, Merit $20
Posters, Photography, Steam Car, Water Rockets: 1st Prize $40, 2nd Prize $25, Merit $15
There is also an opportunity for senior exhibitors in the Science Investigation & technological Development category to receive a scholarship of up to $1000 for tertiary study.
Judging for the event officially kicks off on Tuesday the 9th of August, but exhibits aren’t open to the public until Wednesday the 10th of August.