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.
Ben's project entitled "Investigating various modes of transport to school' looked at how students at Ladbrook travelled to school and why they chose the mode they did. He then explored the possible alternative options students could choose, weighing them up in terms of safety, practicality and energy use. With Ladbrooks being a rural school he found that reducing the number of students traveling by car may prove difficult unless more chose to car pool. His research was very thorough and Ben could see what his next steps could be were he to have more time. Well done, Ben.
"The second mouse get the cheese - NOT!" was the title of Moe's technology project, a theme of interest to many concerned about the number of pest animals affecting our native wildlife. Moe's prototype of a self setting trap demonstrated ingenuity and thorough research. Moe has a great future ahead of him as an innovator
Sarah's research into Engineering v Ecology was most interesting and built on the project with which she won this section last year. She investigated what type of plants would be best along the riparian margins to gain the best outcomes.
Sam's study was called 'Be bright, Use lights' attracted a great deal of attention, as it was about the topical issue of cycle safety. His research was thorough and the enthusiasm for his subject infectious; our judges particularly appreciated the excellent graphs he produced and his comparative analysis applied to the variety of lights.
"To Graze or Not To Graze" that was the question Tim posed. His excellent research was undertaken over two sites close to Maclean's Island and required a great deal of precise observation and analysis of his findings. Tim's passion for his field of research was obvious from first meeting him and our judges were suitably impressed with his comprehensive knowledge of the plant types he studied. Tim found that low-lying native vascular plants actually survived better where the surrounding grass was grazed. We believe Tim has a very fine future ahead of him as an ecologist - well done, Tim!
Lincoln High again supported senior students to produce thoroughly researched projects. Amy's exhibit called "The Natural Solution" researched the efficacy of soap nuts for getting clothes clean. The genesis for her study came from wishing to understand the nature of the product her parents sell at the local Farmers' Market. Her analysis was carefully and conclusions sound. Keep up the good work, Amy!
Lorna and Thomas worked successfully together to produce a very interesting piece of research on the state of our urban waterways. Their title, "Do cows pee on lampposts?" drew the judges' eyes and engendered many questions for the pair. Their study certainly made the point quite clearly that we all need to take responsibility for the health of our rivers and not just point the finger at the rural sector.
Nicole investigated how pollution from domestic fires could be reduced after becoming more and more concerned about winter time pollution in Timaru. Her very thorough research threw a 'light' on the effect the type of fire-lighters used had on smoke emissions.
Her results demonstrated clearly which firelighter emitted less smoke - her solution focused approach impressed our judges.
Kate developed an idea for encouraging more farmers to plant trees so she came with ATS - 'Ahearn Tree Scheme' whereby farmers can gain tree credits with their other purchases. Later, when they are ready to replant they will have trees awaiting them in their ATS account.
Olivia and Sarah wondered about the value of worms with respect to soil health and productivity and so decided such an investigation would be perfect for science fair. Luckily they had access to a couple of paddocks within which they could undertake their research over time and so were able to prove their hypothesis about the importance of worms. We hope to see Olivia and Sarah submitting further research to future fairs.
Annabelle tackled a very topical issue when she investigated "Nitrate levels in Coopers Creek". Her project confirmed her hypothesis regarding nitrate levels in different parts of the stream. It was well researched and drawn together in an eye-catching way.
Our judges enjoyed talking with Annabelle about her project and what her next steps would be should she have more time.
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 7, Craighead Diocesan School. Her presentation was concise and solution focused with respect to ameliorating pollution from fires. Well done, Nicole! And, thank you to Prof Jon Hickford for being our judge once again.
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 next ceremony is in 2016 - start building your portfolio 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 - please download here.
The application forms can be electronically written and submitted.
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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