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 posters for each category you may like to download.
Science Fair Junior Poster (pdf 875 kB)
Science Fair Senior Poster (pdf 13.4 MB)
It's possible to also gain NCEA credits while working toward a science and technology presentation.
Winning exhibitors receive $500 for their school.
Download our Teacher Information Pack 2013 (pdf 676 kB)
Check out our Living Here Kids pages about science.
Sarah tackled an issue of great importance to Christchurch waterways - the effect on our waterways of post-earthquake rebuild materials. Sarah chose a couple of sites along the Avon where she had concerns about the pollutants that could be coming from various building sites so tested the waters for chemical pollutants as well as observing macro-invertebrate health. Her findings indicated that siltation had the most detrimental affect on river health rather than direct toxic pollution. Well done, Sarah.
"Plants that reduce nitrogen" was the title of Jayavi's project, a topic of interest to many concerned about the state of our streams and rivers in Canterbury. Jayavi's presentation was excellent and it was obvious he had put a great deal of time into his research.
Tom's study was called 'Man eating bugs', which attracted a great deal of attention, proved of interest to our judges as he was looking at alternative ways of providing protein for a growing population. His research was thorough and the enthusiasm for his subject infectious; he well deserved the other awards he won on the night. He was even able to take his mother out for a meal on his winnings!
"E-crime - E-waste" was the title of Tomo's exhibit, and this drew our judges to him. The issue of how we deal with the increasing amount of e-waste is a critical one and Tomo's social science research indicated that many people are unaware about the impact of e-waste on the environment or what options they have with regard to disposing of their obsolete e-items. His very thorough research and passion for making more people aware of the issue won his 1st place for 2013.
Lincoln High again supported senior students to produce thoroughly researched projects. Frances's exhibit called "Wild waves over Wairewa" looked the effects of winds on the lake's water levels and how they may affect opening decisions. She used information from the work Environment Canterbury already does but added a great deal of new research of her own. Our judges felt that her science was good and that she has promising future as a scientist.
Nathan wanted to improve the home watering and farm irrigation systems he had seena round him. His iWater project looked at how remote sensing and computer technology could be used to ensure the right amount of water is sprinkled so that less is wasted. Our judges thought that he had a great concept and that with more r and d he would have something marketable.
It is great to see the concern young people have with regard to the leaching of nutrients from our soils, and Georgia's and Caroline's project adds to our knoweldge. They tested for nutrient leaching at a couple of sites over a 6 week period and described throughly what they had found.
The very topical issue of night time air pollution in Timaru influenced the project decision by Ben and Bridey. They were most concerned about the effect of pollutants on the young hockey players and wanted to look at how PM10 could be reduced. Internet research, combined with some surveys of their own, about the efficacy of chimney filters was most interesting and worthy of further study.
Glen's "Up the creek" project saw him observing and testing water samples at a number of sites along a stream in Ashburton. He repeated the tests over time and mapped the results, describing what he observed very neatly on his display board. Our judges hope that he would share his insights and knoweldge with others at his school and in his community as we can all do something to reduce pollution in our lowland streams.
The safety of pedestrian crossings was the catalyst for Sarah's project "Be Alert- Be Aware" and illustrated how different technological materials could improve pedestrian safety and driver awareness. Our judges thought her project was a great start and hoped that she would take her research further and share it with her local council.
Looking at the distribution of litter with respect to the location of major take-way food outlets was a really interesting study. The conclusions were pretty much as expected in that they great amount of waste is to be found closer to the outlets but tehir findings also illustrated the mobility of the population. Their project "QSR - Rubbish distribution" has potential as an ongoing monitoring, reporting and mapping exercise.
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 categoies at the Christchurch and Timaru science and technology fairs.
... awarded to Tomo Dorrance of St Bede's College. Well done, Tomo! 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 is an awards year.
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.
Our Awards Ambassadors are also available during Term 1, 2014 to visit your school to speak about the awards. Contact Jocelyn to book an assembly slot.
Each of the applicants for the awards illustrate just how varied the activities are that youth engage in: from developing an over arching sustainability strategy for a school through to a mainland kiwi recovery project to raising awareness of climate change issues among Pacifica students, to taking on the managers of a mall about their waste management practices.
The 2012 award ceremony was held on 27th September 2012 with Deputy Chair of Environment Canterbury, David Caygill, and Kaiwhakahaere Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Mark Solomon presenting the certificates to recipients. The ceremony was held at Matthew Fraser House, ECan's Christchurch headquarters.
Rachel Cottam, Lincoln High School [Prize: tramping pack, gift vouchers from Trade Aid and Bivouac worth $100]
1st: Recycling in Christchurch Malls [Prize: vouchers for 10 people to the Ko Tane Maori Experience at Willowbank]
This group worked on a project aimed at bringing better waste management practices to Westfield Mall in Riccarton. Their simple, but effective action gained media attention and they continue to lobby for change at Westfield. Our judges felt that their project had the potential to create long term change within a commercial entity and also raise awareness of waste issues amongst the public. Their YouTube video captures the fun they had drawing attention to the issue of waste and recycling in malls.
2nd: Rudolf Steiner Enviro Group [Prize: $100 Bivouac gift voucher]
Steiner is an EnviroSchool. This group aims to leave a legacy for students coming after them. They have improved the school’s waste system, worked to reduce the school’s carbon footprint, held a bake off for fair trade week and are looking to the future hoping to gain Silver ES.
3rd: Lincoln Enviro Council [Prize: bag of Trade Aid goodies valued at $50+]
This group gained a place in our first youth awards in 2010. They have maintained the momentum of past groups and are truly a catalyst for change within the school. In 2012 they focussed on trialling a new recycling system in collaboration with the school’s maintenance staff and on taking their Earth Hour activities to a new level.
For further information on the Youth Leadership for Sustainability Awards, please contact Jocelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Event dates for 2013 are 28 April -2 May, and will be held here in Christchurch. Further information can be found at www.sirpeterblaketrust.org
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