This annual event took place on the 11th November at the University of Otago's, College of Education Gymnasium.
This event is described as an opportunity for young scientists to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into science. Four students from each participating school are chosen to share interactive investigations of science ideas with other schools. Our four participants were (in alphabetical order): Matthew Ford, Mikey Kelly, Max Kirkwood and Mason Prentice. All are year seven students and they competed against, mostly year eights from other schools.
Mason and Matthew teamed up to present an investigation into friction and the "slipperiness" of different types of shoes. While Max and Mikey demonstrated how to extract DNA from fruit. They all also had the opportunity to participate in the other demonstrations on show at the venue.
The second part of the afternoon saw all students exposed to some scientific data and a related problem. Students were then challenged to find the best solution to that problem.
While our representatives did not win the award for best investigation, their efforts were commended by organisers. Well done lads!