Winning Formula for Boys’ School at Science Fair
September 12, 2017 at 4:38 PM
Following on from the Boys’ School Science Symposium, a select group of young scientists from our Senior School presented their science projects for judging at the Auckland Regional NIWA Science and Technology Fair hosted at Epsom Girls’ Grammar. The boys’ projects were put on display alongside the top 200 projects from 22 schools within the central Auckland area.
At the Prizegiving, the judges said that the standard across Year 7 and 8 this year was extremely high, so we were delighted that 14 of our boys were recognised with 16 awards. Five of the projects were singled out for special awards!
The projects were varied, interesting and, in some cases, very imaginative! Two of the projects topped their sections, with Luka Ljubisavljevic’s project ‘Sound Tsuanami’ also attracting The University of Auckland Physics Prize in the Physical World section. His project looked at whether the shape and size of the external ear affected how sound is received by the internal auditory system. Pairing up to work on their project ‘Chill Pill,’ Jackson Horton and Jack Becker also won the first prize in the Material World for their investigation of the rate at which pain medication dissolves in the stomach.
Jack Priddy, Zavier Edmonds and Will Tisdall were all awarded third prize in their sections with Jack also receiving the Auckland Museum Scientist for a Day special prize for his project on micro-organisms and the health of the Hauraki Gulf. A further three special prizes were also awarded to Highly Commended students, Sam Roberton and Ben Poole, Tim Shires and Stuart Campbell, and Jules Webb for their detailed studies.
As always there was a diverse range of imaginative projects displayed for the judges to ponder but the winning projects were selected on the basis of their rigour to carry out repeated scientific measurements, fair testing, analysis of the results, returning to reflect on the hypothesis and taking into account any experimental error.
Well done boys!
Top Placed Prize Winners:
Luka Ljubisavljevic Sound Tsunami Physical World 1st + Special Prize
Jackson Horton & Jack Becker Chill Pill Material World 1st
Jack Priddy Micro-organisms Living World 3rd + Special Prize
Zavier Edmonds Memories on Trial Human Behaviour 3rd
Will Tisdall Fantastic Filters Planet Earth & Beyond 3rd
Sam Roberton & Ben Poole Music and memory Biology HC + Special Prize
Tim Shires & Stuart Campbell Purrr-edators Biology HC + Special Prize
Jules Webb Electricity Generation Physics HC + Special Prize
Cameron Adams Wifi - the online world Physics HC
Andrew Davies Rust Never Sleeps Physics HC
Jack Harman and Kameron Li Tsunami Busters Planet Earth HC
Ferguson Muthu Beat the Beats Biology HC
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