Young people undertaking investigations that meet the criteria for both NCEA and science fairs will exercise all of the five key competencies of the NZC »
Students whose investigations fit with the criteria for our Resource Management Awards will need to draw on diverse knowledge, attitudes and values as they offer solutions to environmental problems they identify. We are keen to encourage projects that lead to action.
Science fair investigations enable students to meet the Achievement Objectives within the Nature of Science aim »
Similarly, a student undertaking a social inquiry within the Social Sciences, under a variety of Achievement Objectives (particularly Geography), would be able to submit a project to the science and technology fairs.
Micro-organisms: Students interested in pursuing a science fair investigation could explore the importance of micro-organisms in compost and how they may help build soil nutrients, the use of the Bokashi system of composting, micro-organisms in sewage treatment, the impact of micro-organisms in water.
Biological impact of an event on a Canterbury ecosystem: students could take the opportunity to investigate an event that is relevant to Canterbury such as the impact of the 4 September 2010 and subsequent earthquakes on stream clarity & nutrient cycles, or the impact fertilisers have on stream ecology.
General practical investigations in biological contexts: These standards are broad enough to allow for student interest in a resource management or environmental issue relevant to Canterbury. Teacher direction or support may be in the form of equipment suggestions and templates on investigation process, and a student would need to have their chosen topic approved.
Chemistry and bio-technology: A student could develop a technological process that would ameliorate the impact of contaminants in waterways such as pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, dissolved oxygen & organic matter that are affected by the type of things that end-up in our storm-water system.
Transport planning: We have developed a learning programme for level 2 students based around planning for an accessible city using alternative transport means other than the private car. Planning and mapping possible routes, surveying people, and analysing data are all important skills developed within this theme.
Mapping effect of earthquakes: Students interested in a science fair investigation on GIS could explore how GIS technology was used to map issues that arose during the earthquakes Canterbury experienced from 4 September 2010 to the present. From that initial investigation they could take the idea further and suggest ways to improve the process or how the technology could be applied to other circumstances. Take a look at our services here.
The following NCEA Achievement Standards could be gained by undertaking a piece of thorough scientific, technological or social science research. The standards we have selected are the investigations that most readily fit the criteria for our Resource Management Awards but are also great themes for individual inquiry learning activities.
The CREST Awards have also offered suggestions as to how credits may be gained by undertaking comprehensive scientific research.
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