Fo­cus on Pasi­fika youth at science fair

The Hutt News - - NEWS -

Wal­ter Nash Sta­dium was buzzing to the sound of over 550 Years nine to 11 stu­dents en­gaged in hands-on science re­cently.

Ran­gatahi in Cy­brospace – that’s not a spell­ing mis­take! – was or­gan­ised by 70 Te Ropu Awhina men­tors and staff from Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity. The aim of the project was to en­cour­age young peo­ple to think about a ca­reer in science. Stu­dents came from Here­taunga, Taita, Nae­nae, St Bernard’s and Sa­cred Heart Col­leges, Hutt Val­ley High School and Wainuiomata High School.

The pro­gramme has a spe­cial em­pha­sis on en­cour­ag­ing Maori and Poly­ne­sian stu­dents to think about a fu­ture in a science-re­lated field. That is done by pro­vid­ing Maori and Poly­ne­sian men­tors who who serve as role mod­els.

Sub­jects cov­ered in­cluded bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry, physics, ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign, geog­ra­phy, en­vi­ron­men­tal science, earth sciences, en­gi­neer­ing and psy­chol­ogy.

Head of Science at St Bernard’s Col­lege Brenten Hig­son said he was highly im­pressed.

‘‘ The demon­stra­tors were young, en­thu­si­as­tic, help­ful and above all made science look and sound ex­cit­ing.

‘‘Our boys were re­ally ex­cited by the ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially as choco­late was on of­fer as a prize. Com­ing first in the cat­a­pult com­pe­ti­tion made their day.’’


Sur­rounded by St Bernard’s Col­lege class mates, Epuru Sau gets ready to launch the win­ning cat­a­pult.

Caitlin Rapira, Faith Pe­seta, Ty­lar Per­a­ti­aki, and Tali Morehu-Prime from Nae­nae Col­lege lis­ten to By­ron Mal­lett from the School of De­sign at Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity ex­plain­ing 3-D imag­ing tech­nol­ogy. Tak­ing in the vir­tual world with gog­gles is Jax­son Tau­tala-Hanita from Taita Col­lege.

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