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Student Info

Become part of the fun! The NIWA Waikato Science & Technology Fair invites all year 7-13 students to become scientists and technologists. It’s easy – take an idea, get excited about it and enjoy discovering the fun that is science.

Scientists do experiments to find out about their world.
Technologists solve problems that people have.

For everything you need to get started in 2013! > Download ‘A students guide to the Science & Technology Fair 2013’

Want more help > To help guide you through the process of doing a project you might also like to look at a website created by Jake Martin, winner of the 2008 Waikato Science & Technology Fair winner . www.projects.org.nz.
Also Wintec science staff are happy to provide guidance to students – ask your teacher if your class can attend a STAR course. For more information, contact Sarah Hickey on (07) 834 8800 ext 8303.

Stuck for ideas > There are many websites you can surf to help inspire you to come up with your own idea. Remember though – the best idea is your own!





Classes 1-10, Science Investigation and Research

Science investigation and research exhibits are entered in classes 1–10 and are dependent on the area of science you focus on and your year of entry. Technology projects are entered in an open age category in Class 15, as are the Technical Innovation and Inventions section.
Class 1
Year 7 - 8
Living World
Class 2
Material World
Class 3
Physical World
Class 4
* Our Planet, Our World, Our Resources
Class 11
Year 7 -8
Scientific Wall Chart

Class 14
OPEN Age Group
Observational Drawing
Class 15
Inventions & Technical Innovations
Class 16
Scientific Photography

LIVING WORLD includes: Horticulture, Forestry, Plants, Animals, Marine Studies, Conservation, Agriculture, Behaviour, Health.
MATERIAL WORLD includes: Chemistry, Metals, Corrosion, Water Pollution, Chemical Product Testing, Fabrics, Chemical Change.
PHYSICAL WORLD includes: Electricity, Light, Heat, Material Strength, Insulation, Magnetism, Speed, Friction.
OUR PLANET OUR WORLD OUR RESROUCES includes: Geology, Soils, Pollution, Astronomy, Resource Extraction, Weather.

Classes 11-13, Scientific Wall Chart

A new topic for Scientific Wall Charts will be selected each year (see students hand book for this year’s topic). Students will be required to provide a scientific description/explanation of the processes involved in the working of the thing or object and the wall chart must include at least 3 diagrams which help your explanation of the scientific processes involved.

Class 14, Observational Drawing

A new topic for completing Observational drawings will be selected each year (see students hand book for this year’s topic). Students are required to produce clear, sharp, accurate outlines of the chosen topic that are true in proportions and show a correct scale. Drawings should be completed in pencil on A4 size paper. See the ‘student guide booklet’ for more details.

Class 15, Inventions & Technical Innovations

Inventions and innovations are applications of science and technology which solve a problem (This OPEN CLASS replaces all Technology Classes).
Students are asked to apply their knowledge to make a device that has a practical application. They will also need to describe how the invention or innovation uses scientific principles and ideas in solving the original problem that was identified. The steps and stages in development should be recorded so that it is clear how you overcame any problems that were encountered. See the ‘student guide booklet’ for more details.

Class 16, Scientific Photography

A new topic for this Scientific Photography section will be selected each year (see students hand book for this year’s topic). Students are required to submit 2 photographs linked to the year’s theme and mounted on black A2 sized card. See the ‘student guide booklet’ for more details.