Great ideas fill annual science fair
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.