Focus on Pasifika youth at science fair
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.