Environment Canterbury staff judge exhibits in the special category of Resource Management in the Science and Technology fairs held in Christchurch and Timaru. Awards are given to students whose exhibits take an innovative investigative approach to solving an environmental issue facing Canterbury.
There are 2 categories: Years 7-8 and Years 9-13. Below are the 2015 posters for each category you may like to download.
Science Fair Junior Poster (1 MB)
Science Fair Senior Poster (4 MB )
It's possible to also gain NCEA credits while working toward a science and technology presentation.
Winning exhibitors receive $500 for their school.
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The official website for the Christchurch hosted fair provides more detailed information about requirements and venue.
The official website of the Sanford fair provides relevant and up-to-date information.
Cass and Max worked extremely well as a team and took their time exploring innovative ways of speeding up the drying process for wood so that it is ready to burn and fits within the Clean Air guidelines. They titled their project "Firewood - we answer your burning questions" and certainly exhibited very sound scientific research skills during their investigations. During their presentations to Commissioners at the Wrybill Awards they received lots of questions and were able to answer them effectively. Well done Cass and Max!
"Pondering on ponds" was the title of Lydia's project which sought a real world solution to a global problem. Our judges thought she was tackling a hot topic using a sound ecological focus and were most impressed with the thoroughness of her research.
Xanthe and Samantha tackled the tricky problem of how to engender behaviour change for a sustainable future. Their idea was the creation of S.E.E.D. - the Selwyn Environmental Education Den. Our judges thought their ideas offered creative solutions and demonstrated sound social science research.
Maddison's topic choice was another topical one and demonstrated a rigorous investigative model. The problem of Soil Liquefaction is Christchurch is well recognized and Maddison sought to find ways to ameliorate the effects.
"Denitrifying Wall" was the title of Cam's very detailed investigation into the possibilities of using a variety of material to capture nitrogen leakage. Cam's passion for his field of research was obvious from when our judges first met him and they were suitably impressed with his comprehensive research into denitrifying walls. We Look forward to seeing further science fair entries from Cameron.
This year Nicole investigated litter along the roadsides leading into Fairlie and asked the question 'How can we reduce it?' She entitled her research project "Let's get bitter about litter" undertaking an intensive 8 week investigation into the nature and amount of roadside litter, and how it may be reduced. Her research into influencing behavior change was comprehensive and impressed our judging panel as did her confident presentation.
"Which type of wood produces the least polluting smoke?" was the title and thrust of Jed's investigation. In his research he compared common firewood types for the nature of the smoke emissions.
Alex investigated which type of gas is the most effective for double glazing in her project entitled "Gas or Air?". This was an interesting study that attempted to answer the question many people ask when determining what type of double glazing to purchase.
Super Myrio was the title of Holly's research. She had obviously worked hard and presented her findings effectively.
Dayna compared the heat generated by log fires from that of a heat pump and also compared the costs of keeping each going over winter. She entitled her project "Less Work More Heat" - it was a 'hot' topic for many in the Timaru area as we work toward meeting Clean Air goals.
Ocean acidification in the lab was the title of the investigation by Zoe and Sophie. The judges were impressed with their research into the impact PH levels are having on bivalves and other shell species as climate change impacts are realized.
Each year, the winners of the Environment Canterbury School Award category present their exhibits at special council meeting at Environment Canterbury, Christchurch. The overall winner is awarded the Wrybill Trophy, the best of the best!
The Wrybill Trophy is open to those students who gained first place in the Environment Canterbury Resource Management School Awards in both the junior and senior categories at the Christchurch and Timaru science and technology fairs.
... awarded to Nicole Arundell, Year 8, Craighead Diocesan School. Her presentation was concise and solution focused with respect to reducing roadside litter. Well done, Nicole! She is pictured here with the other Wrybill nominees Max and Cass, and Cameron with Commissioner David Caygill.
Thank you once again to Prof Jon Hickford for being our judge.
Encouraging the next generation of sustainability leadership. These awards are sponsored in partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
These awards are held every two years - 2014 was an awards year. The 2016 ceremony will be on 1st September. Prepare your portfolio for submission NOW!
The Youth Leadership for Sustainability (YLS) award has two categories - individual and group. A number of Canterbury young people, who have been making a difference in our communities and schools, have submitted portfolios of their work over the years of the award's existence.
Information and Application Forms
These application forms can be electronically written on. They must be submitted by 5th August 2016.
Education Youth Awards 2016 Individual [Year 12 or 13 student i.e. 16-18 year old. Does not have to be through a school]
Education Youth Awards 2016 Group [Y9-13 age category Does Not need to be through a school]
Poster Update 2016
Nomination form 2016 [Nominate a candidate - don't forget to let them know that you've nominated them!]
George and Rachel, our Youth Ambassadors who visited school in early 2014 to spread the word about our YLS Awards.
Each of the applicants for the awards illustrate just how varied the activities that youth engage in are: from poetry slams to developing an over arching sustainability strategy for a school through to a major riparian planting programme for the school.
The 2014 award ceremony was held on 21st September with Chair of Environment Canterbury, Dame Margaret Bazley, and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu representative, Elizabeth Cunningham presenting the certificates to recipients. The ceremony was held at the Wigram Community Centre.
1st: Elise Wilson, Cashmere High School [Prize: iPhone 5]
Elise is a poet with a natural concern for the well-being of others as well as the environment.
Our judges found her writing "beautifully powerful" and saw her as a "shining example of what we should all aspire to be as human beings". Elise's portfolio of activities included organizing a 'Well project' fund-raising event for a community in the Sudan, establishing the Cashmere Project, which provides services to the community, and involvement in the Spoken Word Poetry Group.
Runner-up: Bethany Baker, Mountain View High School, Timaru.
Our judges found Bethany's passion and drive inspiring. They admired the courage she displayed in establishing Mountain View's Enviro Group and felt the success of the group was clearly driven by her enthusiasm and commitment as a leader. The variety of projects Bethany has directed show her clear commitment to the environment, her community, her school and the wider landscape of New Zealand.
1st: Burnside High School's Enviro Group
[Prize: vouchers for 10 people to the Ko Tane Maori Experience at Willowbank]
Burnside's submission was a great example of teamwork, showcasing sustainability actions that will benefit the school and local environment for many years to come. The judges particularly liked their very professional and well put together video, which got their message across effectively.
Runner-up: Mountain View High School Enviro Council
[Prize: Gift vouchers to value of $500]
Our judges really love the variety of activities this group have been involved in. They obviously carefully considered the most beneficial activities to both the environment and their community. This small but very enthusiastic, proactive group are making a really positive impact on their school, community and peers.
Student attendees at the 2014 award ceremony: we congratulated all of these sustainability leaders with presentations of certificates before a celebratory afternoon tea with Environment Canterbury Commissioners and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representatives.
For further information on the Youth Leadership for Sustainability Awards, please contact Jocelyn at email@example.com.
Annually a group of students from Canterbury are selected from a pool of applicants to represent the region at this 4-day hui. Participants will engage in workshops and activities designed to inspire them and build their leadership capabilities.
Applicants need to be aged 15-18, involved in their school and/or community, passionate about, and want to make an active contribution to, the environment. If you have any questions about this event or the selection process please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Event dates for 2015 are April 11-16th. Further information can be found at www.sirpeterblaketrust.org
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