Appliance of science
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