Prizes

2017 Awards ceremony, Newlands College Hall, Saturday 16th September @ 1pm.

 NOTICE: Some of these prizes may not be awarded as advertised.

Best Exhibitor in the Fair

NIWA Prize: $1000 for the best overall exhibit in the Fair, taking into account the year level of the exhibitor(s).

Royal Society of NZ Wellington Branch Prize: $500 for the runner-up best overall exhibit in the Fair, taking into account the year level of the exhibitor(s).

Other Major Prizes

Victoria University Science and Technology Fair Innovation Prize: $5,000 towards fees in the first year of a VUW undergraduate science or engineering degree. This prize is offered to the best overall Class 5 (Year 11-13) project and must be taken in the year following completion of secondary school.

Victoria University Faculty of Science Prize: One iPad computer for the best exhibit in Classes 1-4 (Year 7-10).

Best Entries

The Best Entries in the NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair may receive nomination to a National Event organised by The Royal Society of New Zealand.

Class Prizes

Class prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: $300 Second: $150 Third: $100 Fourth: $50 Honourable Mention

Special Prizes

It is anticipated that the following Special Prizes may be offered. Please note that the prize value indicated may not necessarily be awarded to a single exhibit or awarded at the advertised value. Special Prizes may be sub-divided at the Judge's discretion, and be awarded to a number of exhibits.

  1. The University of Otago offer an all expenses paid trip to the 2016 Hands-on at Otago summer school for the entry displaying the best application of the scientific method. The winner will also receive a Canon compact camera.
  2. The School of Mathematics and Statistics at Victoria University of Wellington offers a $100 prize for the most imaginative and effective project using mathematics or statistics.
  3. The School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington offers prizes to a total of $200 for the most imaginative and effective projects using computers or information technology.
  4. The Hugh D Gordon Memorial Prize of $100 in Biology. The late Professor Gordon was professor of Botany at Victoria University of Wellington 1947-1977. The prize is donated by Mrs J C R Gordon and Dr Margaret Gordon.
  5. The Peter Jennings Memorial Prize of $100 in Biology. The late Mr Jennings was a science teacher and President of the Wellington Science Teachers' Association. The prize is donated by Capital City Science Educators.
  6. The Doreen Gates Memorial Prize of $100 for a project in Class 1 or 2 displaying enthusiasm and innovation. The late Doreen Gates was a teacher with a long involvement in the Wellington Science and Technology Fair. The prize is donated by Capital City Science Educators.
  7. The Wellington Branch of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand offers two prizes of $500 each, awarded for presentations of an innovative illustration of an engineering principle.
  8. The Wellington Medical Research Foundation offers $200 for exhibits relating to health.
  9. The New Zealand Institute of Chemistry offers two prizes of $100 each in the junior and senior sections.
  10. The Wellington Branch of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand offers a 1st prize of $250 and a 2nd prize of $100 for the best projects relating to geosciences.
  11. The New Zealand Association of Optometrists (Wellington Branch) offers $300 for projects in the field of optometry and vision science.
  12. The Antarctic Society, Wellington Branch, offers a $100 book voucher for the best entry on an Antarctic or Southern Ocean subject.
  13. Opus International Consultants Ltd offers Junior Prizes totalling $100 in book vouchers, and Senior Prizes totalling $250 in book vouchers, to those projects which best illustrate the use of science and engineering to improve the lives of people. Where possible the prizes may include a visit to an active Opus engineering project.
  14. ESR offers a prize of $250 of book vouchers for the best exhibit based on investigations involving microbiology.
  15. The New Zealand Soil Science Society offers a book prize for a soil related project.
  16. Wellington Central Public Library offers a $50 book voucher for a project on an environmental theme.
  17. The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology offers a 1st prize of $100 and two highly commended prizes of $50 for the best projects which relate to food.
  18. Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education offers prizes of $125 for Class 1/2, $150 for Class 3/4, and $200 for Class 5, for students who best demonstrate the use of scientific thinking in the formulation and investigation of his or her question.
  19. Callaghan Innovation offers a prize of $300 for a novel demonstration of the industrial application of science or engineering.
  20. Australasian Corrosion Association offer three separate prizes of $50, $30 and $20 for a project related to corrosion.
  21. The Wellington Botanical Society offers a prize of $150 for the best exhibit of a project involving a New Zealand native plant or plants.
  22. The Cancer Society (Wellington Division) offers two prizes of $200 for projects which relate to prevention of cancer in one of the four areas: SunSmart, Smokefree, Physical Activity, Nutrition. See www.cancernz.org.nz/reducing-your-cancer-risk/ for ideas.
  23. The New Zealand Statistical Association and Statistics New Zealand offer prizes to the value of $120 to the exhibits showing the best application of statistical methods. Eligible exhibits should involve the use of statistical principles that contribute to making them good science.
  24. NumberWorks'nWords Tuition offers a prize of $100 to an exhibit showing the best use of mathematics in their project.
  25. The Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation offers up to three $100 prizes for the application of measurement.
  26. The NZ Farm Forestry Association (Wellington Branch) offers a prize of $200 for a project that displays an understanding of some aspect of native or exotic forestry in New Zealand.
  27. The NZ Baking Industry Research Trust Award offers a prize of $50 for the best project or exhibit that uses bread or flour products.
  28. Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) offers a $100 prize for a project where the student has undertaken study or research on an animal-based project for which animal ethics approval has been applied for and given; correct procedures and practices have been undertaken in the study; and in which the student knows the importance of ethics approval. The project can also be focused on projects which: found ways to replace the need for the use of animals in experiments with alternatives (e.g., cell cultures); found ways of reducing the numbers of animals used, without impacting on the quality of the data gained; or found ways to minimise and eliminate the suffering of animals used, through good animal husbandry and ethical conduct.
  29. Aviation research and development has produced some of the most important technological developments of the last hundred years, and continues to do so. To encourage research in aviation, the Royal Aeronautical Society, Wellington Branch, offers prizes totalling $200 for the best exhibits which explore or apply aeronautical principles or practices.
  30. The Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) offers a prize of a $100 book voucher for the best use of social research in order to highlight and explore important social, ethical, practical or policy considerations for individuals, communities and society.
  31. Kainic Medical Communications offers a prize of $100 for the best PowerPoint (© Microsoft) presentation from Class 4 or Class 5. $250 will also be awarded to the winner’s school to help fund the purchase of science equipment.
  32. Te Rōpū Āwhina in the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington offers a $100 gift voucher for the best mātauranga Māori or Pacific Development project.
  33. Te Kawa a Māui at Victoria University of Wellington offers a $100 gift voucher for the best project in Te Reo Māori.
  34. SMART (Society for Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions) offers a $100 gift voucher for the best project in Te Reo Māori and/or mātauranga putaiao Māori.
  35. The Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University/GNS Science) offers two prizes of $100 each for the best junior (Years 7-8) and senior (Years 9-13) project in the area of community resilience to disasters (e.g. natural hazard awareness; increasing preparedness in the home, school or community; improving response to and recovery from disasters).
  36. Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association offers prizes totalling $100 for the best projects relating to the science and technology of marine renewable energy.
  37. The University of Auckland Science Scholars Programme offers a prize of $250 to a Class 5 project that displays innovation.
  38. eCubed Ltd offers two prizes of kits containing Raspberry Pi 3 combined with 7" touchscreen (worth $200 each) for entries displaying interaction of humans and their environment in an ethical and efficient manner.
  39. A J Park offers a prize of $200 for projects displaying originality, innovation, and inventiveness.   ***NEW FOR 2017
  40. The New Zealand Microbiological Society Mike Baxter Prize is $100 for a project relating to microbiology.   ***NEW FOR 2017