Five St Cuthbert’s girls have achieved incredible results at the 2016 NIWA Science and Technology Fair. This is an annual event which rewards excellence in scientific and technological investigations carried out by Year 7 to Year 13 students in Auckland.
Melissa Wang from Year 13 won the Premier Platinum Award for her study on kiwifruit acidity and how this relates to the softness of fruit as it ripens. Winning this award means she is now nominated for the Prime Minister’s Science Prize. Melissa also won a University of Auckland Junior Scientist Gold Award, a Powering Potential Award, and first place in her category. She will receive a $1000 scholarship to the University of Auckland.
Another one of our Year 13 girls, Rhea Vara, also won a University of Auckland Junior Scientist Gold Award and a Powering Potential Award. In addition, she placed third in her category and won a further Gold Award for the best exhibit involving optics.
Several Year 9 students also received prestigious awards. Zoe Robinson and Lola Cox won a Platinum Award, the NIWA Auckland Prize for the best exhibit in atmospheric and water services, as well as first place in their category. Their study compared marine reserve beaches to inner harbour unprotected zones. Harriet Cook won a Silver Award for the best material world application. Her study investigated how to get chlorine stains out of hair. She also received first prize in her category.
Congratulations to all our budding scientists.