Great ideas fill an­nual science fair

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICOLA STE­WART nicola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion was a clear win­ner at this year’s Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate science fair.

Stu­dents could en­ter one of two cat­e­gories – science or tech­nol­ogy – and there was a huge range of ex­per­i­ments and in­ven­tions on dis­play.

Year 8 stu­dent Pa­trick Roskam won the tech­nol­ogy sec­tion for the se­cond time run­ning with the de­vel­op­ment of his Gud­geon Pro 5-in-1 fenc­ing tool.

Hannah Ja­cob­sen’s in­ven­tion of a sim­ple to use cheese slicer was awarded first place in the year 7 tech­nol­ogy sec­tion.

The ex­per­i­ment Bac­te­ria vs the Chicken earned Tian Daniels gold in the year 8 science sec­tion.

Tian tested dif­fer­ent types of chicken to see what kinds were more prone to de­vel­op­ing bac­te­ria.

In her ex­per­i­ment, cooked corn-fed chicken de­vel­oped the least bac­te­ria, while fresh free-range chicken had the most.

Josh Baker- Simp­son re­searched the effect of waste­water on plants and found out fresh tap wa­ter was best for wa­ter­ing plants.

His en­try Grey Wa­ter, Great Wa­ter? earned him first place in the year 7 science sec­tion.

Projects named first, se­cond and third in each age group and cat­e­gory, as well as highly com­mended, are con­sid­ered for en­try into the East Waikato Science and Tech­nol­ogy Fair.

The school science fair is com­pul­sory for all stu­dents on al­ter­nate years and com­pul­sory for stu­dents in the en­rich­ment classes ev­ery year.

Waste not: Josh Baker-Simp­son took out the year 7 science sec­tion for his project Grey Wa­ter, Great Wa­ter?

In­no­va­tive: Pa­trick Roskam and his win­ning project, the de­vel­op­ment of the Gud­geon Pro 5-in-1 fenc­ing tool.

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