Wed 4 Sep 2019

WITT sponsors Taranaki Science and Tech Fair

2019 proved to be another successful year for the annual WITT Taranaki Science and Technology Fair, held over three days in August at the Pukekura Function Centre.

New Plymouth Girls’ High School Year 13 students Jessica Frost and Breanna Camden took out a stack of prizes including Best in Fair and the WITT Trophy for their Scientific Investigation project, “Watt about the weather?”.

Jessica and Breanna’s project involved monitoring a wind turbine and solar panel on the school’s whare. They observed weather conditions and their effects on energy generation.

“What we are trying to do is identify the best steps forward for a sustainable future,” they said. “The best part of the process has been working together.”

Jessica and Breanna said they were “definitely surprised” when their project was announced as the Best in Fair, having already achieved five prizes on the night. The high achievers have their sights set on big things for the future; one of the young women wants to get into engineering, and the other is considering a career in astrophysics or biology.

A highlight for many science fair visitors was the robotics section – now in its second year - where student-built robots go head to head and battle one another. The water rocket competition also proved popular, as well as the more traditional Technological Development section and Scientific Observation projects. Pre-judged areas such as posters, photographic and observational drawing and scientific journalism are all displayed during the Fair.

A prizegiving ceremony took place to conclude the final day of the Fair, with WITT Marketing Manager Natalie Warren representing WITT as the major sponsor.

“It’s exciting to see some of the innovative work our region’s school students are coming up with. The quality of the projects is excellent, and it’s promising to see students so passionate about science and technology,” she said.

“It’s WITT’s third year as the major sponsor of the Taranaki Science and Technology Fair, and we’re looking forward to the future of the Fair. We support the event because it encourages our region’s young people to innovate, to put what they’re learning into practice, and work independently. And that’s a good thing for our whole community.”

Pictured: Best in Fair winners Breanna Camden and Jessica Frost