Ap­pli­ance of sci­ence

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa School’s first ever sci­ence fair opened young minds to solar power, mag­nets, com­put­ers and plan­ets last week.

Stu­dents from new en­trants to year eight con­trib­uted, with the school hall over­flow­ing with dis­plays, many of them in­ter­ac­tive.

‘‘It’s about open­ing stu­dents’ eyes up to the phys­i­cal and ma­te­rial world,’’ deputy prin­ci­pal Jan Otene said. ‘‘It’s been a real fo­cus this term and the kids are re­ally de­vel­op­ing their ques­tion­ing skills and learn­ing how a sci­en­tist op­er­ates.’’

An­to­nio Lim and two class­mates from Room 4 took two weeks to put their pro­ject on solar power to­gether. Along with his­tory and in­for­ma­tion on how solar en­ergy is cre­ated, he in­ves­ti­gated whether his school could utilise the sun’s power.

‘‘It’s eco-friendly and I think cre­at­ing our own elec­tric­ity would ben­e­fit the school in heaps of ways.’’

Float­ing test: Maddy Tay­lor gets in­ter­ac­tive with some of Tawa School’s younger stu­dents, test­ing whether eggs, lemons and soft drink cans float. Closer look: DJ Vale gets up close with a mag­ni­fy­ing glass to check out the in­ner work­ings of a

com­puter.

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