Victoria University of Wellington Innovation Prize – 2021

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Student Name Luke Weston
Year 13
School Wellington High School
Teacher/s Murray Chisholm


For the most innovative exhibit in Class 5, Victoria University of Wellington Research Office offers financial support towards expenses in the first year of a Victoria University of Wellington undergraduate degree in science or engineering, or a conjoint degree including science (conditions apply).

Project Short Description

A Wilberforce pendulum consists of a mass hanging from a vertically oriented helical spring. The mass can both move up and down on the spring and rotate about its vertical axis. This is an investigation of the behaviour of such a pendulum and how it depends on relevant parameters.

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Protection of Copyright, Intellectual Property and Design
Please note that the student's intellectual property within entries to this fair has been protected by gazetting this exhibition under Section 9(2) of the Patents Act 2013 and Section 10(2) of the Designs Act 1953 by The Commissioner of Patents.