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Senior Science Workshops

In 2019 we've a run a pilot in conjunction with EIT. Students from four schools were invited to attend workshops on experimental design.

These students are now invited to submit a Science or Technology Project based on the work they carried out at EIT.

  • All projects must have a practical component that demonstrates clear scientific thought, the application of an appropriate scientific method, (appreciation of the need for accuracy in observation, measurement, data collection) and reporting the understanding of the underlying or related scientific principles embraced within the project.
  • Students using experimental data gathered at these workshops, must also discuss the implications of their finding and should provide supporting evidence of their conclusions
  • All projects must have practical component (basic scientific or technological method).
  • No more than one entry per student / pair of students.
  • Completed projects must be submitted electronically as a written report in one of the following formats:
    • Pdf, Microsoft Word Doc or Google Doc

Senior projects must be submitted no later than Wednesday 26 July 2019
If you cannot access the submission form below, please email bhimme@nghs.school.nz

What to include in your report:

     Science Projects 

    Technology Projects

    • Aim
    • Hypothesis
    • Method
      • A detailed step-by-step description of how you carried out you experiment including equipment, controls, etc
      • Give reasons / explanations for how / why carried out aspects of you experiment in certain ways (justify your experimental design)
    • Results
      • Consider how these can be best displayed (tables, graphs, etc?)
    • Conclusion
      • A brief description of the trend / outcome identified in your results
      • Do you accept or reject your hypothesis
    • Discussion 
      • Explain the Science behind your project. Why do you think you got the results you did?
      • Can you find further support for your findings (research)
    • Implications
      • What implications might your findings have for industry, individuals, society or the environment?
      • What are the implications of your findings for further research (what could / needs to be studied next)

    • Technology projects involve designing a product or production process that identifies and addresses a need or market opportunity. They should include...
    • Background
      • Consideration of that need or market opportunity (e.g. why have other products failed?). This would often involve investigating products / production process that might already be on the market. A product or process that addresses a need should have application beyond a single client (e.g. it shouldn't meet the specific need of one individual, but have wider reaching applications). 
    • Design Brief
      • This brief might be modified later, but the initial and final targets need to be stated clearly. 
    • Technology Process; a cycle of
      • considering potential solutions 
      • designing and building (where possible) a prototype
      • evaluating these against the design brief and making improvements to the prototype

    Judging at the Fair:
    • Only entries that have won a prize will be required at the HB Science Fair judging
    • For the Projects selected, the student(s) will be required to talk to judges in more detail about their project
    • Students should bring copies of their report as well as any other supporting material to help with this discussion

    Prizes to be won:

    Commended $100, Highly Commended $150 or Outstanding $200

    Additional Prizes that can be won:
    • Best Senior Project - Prize money: $250 (in addition to an Outstanding Prize Award)
    • The University of Otago Prize for the Best Application of Scientific Method. 
    The University of Otago offers an all-expenses paid trip to the 2019 Hands-on at Otago Summer School for the Year 12 entry displaying the best application of the Scientific Method. The winner will also receive a Canon compact camera.
    • Powering Potential - 
    There is also an opportunity to be nominated by the chief judge of a regional science and technology fair to attend the Powering Potential event that takes place in Wellington over 4 days in December. Please look at the website link below. www.royalsociety.org.nz/teaching-learning/powering-potential
    • Prime Ministers Future Scientist Prize (Year 12 or 13). 
    The chief judge of a regional Science and Technology Fair may nominate a student, who has submitted a very high quality investigation to further submit their project for the Prime Ministers Future Scientist Prize 2019. This prize is worth $50,000. Please look at the website below. www.pmscienceprizes.org.nz/future-scientist/