One hypothesis that we can be certain of is that this year’s batch of exhibits at the Far North Science Fair will test the limits of the judging panel.

One of the Science Fair organisers and Kerikeri High science teacher Julie Harrison says there have been some outstanding projects entered into this year’s annual science competition.

Ms Harrison has been involved in the event for 16 years and says that she is continuously astounded by the quality projects and the depth of the scientific and technological investigation.

“This Fair has a considerable impact on students in the Far North. It has been key to the successful scientific careers of many local students and opened their eyes and minds to the possibilities of what science can do,” she says

This is a view shared by Top Energy Chief Executive Russell Shaw who believes the Fair gives budding scientists hands on experience in testing assumptions and problem solving.

Top Energy has been a proud sponsor of the event for 17 years.

“Over the years, we have been delighted with both the level of participation from our secondary schools and the quality and innovation shown in many of our students’ exhibits,” he says.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a pool of curious students who enthusiastically immerse themselves in the annual competition – despite the North’s relative isolation from tertiary institutes, mentors and resources.”

The bar for this year’s entrants has been set very high by last year’s winners, one of whom took the prize for his work on the allelopathic properties of Totara extract. He was closely chased by another student who investigated the common myth of applying table salt to control ragwort.

Previous participants are actively pursuing careers in astrophysics, computer engineering, a range of biomedical engineering and health sciences as well as food technology.

The Far North Science Fair holds its own nationally.

For the last 13 years Far North students have been selected to attend the National Fair and in many cases have then been selected to represent New Zealand at international Fairs. Many of these students have also gained International Honours being placed or winning their category in Taiwan or Beijing or Texas.

Judging of the annual Far North Science Fair will be held on 29 August with exhibits open to the public on 30 August at the Turner Centre, Kerikeri.


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Philippa White / / 021-2418740