by Greta Yeoman
Erosion, water quality and sustainability were hot topics at this year’s Sanford Science and Technology Fair, committee member Derek Vogel says.
More than 250 exhibits by pupils in years 7-9 were entered in the Aoraki science competition, which was held at Caroline Bay Hall last week.
Winners received more than $10,000 in prizes and total prize money, he said.
Mr Vogel said there had been more erosion-related projects this year, which reflected the ongoing issues at Patiti Point and other areas of South Canterbury.
“A lot of the projects have been unique to Timaru.”
“[They are topics] that have been in the news.”
Erosion was the topic of choice for overall third placegetter Madeline Page, from Ashburton Borough School.
The 11-year-old year 7 pupil, whose project was about the best native plants to slow down erosion, had entered the competition for the first time.
She placed third and also received the Irricon Resource Solutions junior gold award for the best creativity and resourcefulness category, and was highly commended in an Environment Canterbury award category.
Maddie had chosen to focus on plants because it was topic she was familiar with.
“I really like them,” she said of native plants.
Winner Daniel Poulter, from Gleniti School, focused on bees and ways to get them to land on non-pesticide-sprayed plants.
His project also won him an overall gold award, as well as the Andrew Falloon MP technology junior award, one of two Barkers awards for the best use of food material and a silver award in the junior best creativity and resourcefulness category.
Geraldine High School pair Olivia Chapman and Elle Fraser’s bat roosting-box design earned them second place and an overall gold award, as well as the senior technology award.
Mr Vogel said there had been more entries this year than the last, possibly because many schools entered on a two-yearly basis.