Stu­dent gains ex­pe­ri­ence

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

In­ves­ti­gat­ing the past and present con­di­tion of the Waikato River was the task for Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Chris Earl and 38 fel­low year 12 stu­dents last month at the Univer­sity of Waikato.

The week- long ac­tion- packed Hill Lab­o­ra­to­ries Waikato Sci­ence Sum­mer School ran from De­cem­ber 4 to 9 and gave the stu­dents a taste of study­ing sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing at ter­tiary level.

The week kicked off with a visit to the The Mighty River Waikato ex­hi­bi­tion at the Waikato Mu­seum, fol­lowed by a road trip up the river with stops at Lake Taupo and Tokaanu Power Sta­tion, and an overnight stay at Tu­rangi.

The fol­low­ing day the group trav­elled back down the river, with stops to ex­plore and col­lect sam­ples at the Craters of the Moon, Wairakei, Ara­ti­a­tia Rapids, Waipapa Dam, Kara­piro Stream and the Hamil­ton Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant.

Stu­dents spent the re­main­der of the week in Waikato Univer­sity’s sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing labs, analysing sam­ples and con­duct­ing ex­per­i­ments to de­ter­mine the en­vi­ron­men­tal and phys­i­cal changes to the river and the sur­round­ing land as it flows be­tween Taupo and Hamil­ton.

Group pre­sen­ta­tions by the stu­dents ended the week. Top­ics in­cluded the nat­u­ral, un­mod­i­fied Waikato River, dam and power gen­er­a­tion on the river, the in­flu­ence of ru­ral land use on the river, and the ef­fects of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment on the river.

Sci­ence Sum­mer School con­venor Dr Ian Dug­gan said: ‘‘I was in­cred­i­bly im­pressed with the qual­ity of stu­dents we had com­ing through the Sci­ence Sum­mer School this year.

‘‘They ap­peared in­ter­ested in what was pre­sented to them, and un­der­took the tasks given to them more than com­pe­tently. If this is a re­flec­tion of the qual­ity of the stu­dents we have com­ing through, then the fu­ture of sci­ence in New Zealand is in good hands.’’

Main spon­sor Hill Lab­o­ra­to­ries is the coun­try’s largest pri­vately owned an­a­lyt­i­cal test­ing lab­o­ra­tory.






our heart, and our strate­gic plan in­cludes an in­ten­tion to sup­port young peo­ple as they pur­sue their own in­ter­ests in sci­ence,’’ Hill Lab­o­ra­to­ries gen­eral man­ager Steve Howse said.

Waikato’s Sci­ence Sum­mer School is an an­nual event run by Ro­tary District 9930 and Waikato Univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing, with spon­sor­ship from Hill Lab­o­ra­to­ries.

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