Issue 2 | April 2022
Girls' School

Great Results for Girls’ School at NIWA Science Fair

Once again, our Year 7 and 8 scientists at the Girls’ School were well rewarded for their entries in this year’s NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair.

For the second year running, Covid-19 restrictions required all participants to submit their projects digitally rather than in person, with interviews with the judges taking place via Zoom.

The quality of our girls’ projects was rewarded with two First places and two Third places. We were delighted that eight girls were recognised for their outstanding work, with six of their projects singled out for seven Special Prizes and a further four projects marked Highly Commended.

Placed First in the Human Behaviour category, Ava Van Rij’s project ‘Noise’ pondered the question of whether additional noise could impede concentration and the ability for students to focus or perform in routine maths tasks or questions. Her project was also awarded two Special Prizes. Awarded First Place in the Research category, Harper Buchanan’s project, ‘To ski or not to ski’ researched various data sets regarding good snow days to find the optimum day for skiing. Following her study, she proposed a design for an app for the perfect snow day. Harper was also rewarded with a Special Prize.

In Third place, Emily Cornaga (Is It All Hot Air? Physical World) carried out a comprehensive test on two materials and how they dry in various test conditions. Emily also received a Special Prize, as did Amie Hilliam (Bake, Time and Temperature. Food Science) who designed a fair test to compare the rising and quality of cupcakes. She compared the amount of time and the temperature of baking to produce the perfect cake. Amie also received a Special Prize.

Girls’ School specialist Science teacher, Mrs Jess Francis said, ‘The success of our girls’ projects were helped by an emphasis on fair testing in earlier studies in science; attention to detail; reinforcing statistics and the manipulation of data in Maths during Term 2. The girls used feedback to improve their experimental design, improve their accuracy, and constantly sought help to improve their analysis of data and interpretation of results. In addition, our girls have noticeable underlying confidence, from the years of creating and delivering speeches – which prepared them well for interviews with the judges. Our consistent distance learning delivery via Teams meetings during Lockdown also helped allay any nerves when meeting the judges online for the first time for interviews.’

Well done girls.

Niwa Science Fair Top Placed Winners

First Ava Van Rij Noise Human Behaviour
First Harper Buchanan To Ski or Not to Ski? Research
Third Emily Cornaga Is It All Hot Air? Physical World
Third Amie Hilliam Bake, Time and Temperature Food Science

Niwa Science Fair Special Prizes

Ava Van Rij New Zealand Statistical Association Award
Ava Van Rij University of Auckland – Dean of Science Creativity Prize
Harper Buchanan MOTAT Award
Emily Cornaga ESA Publications
Amie Hilliam ESA Publications
Poppy Heazlewood (Gold) Photon Factory Award for Use of Technology
Phoebe Wood MOTAT Award

Highly Commended

Poppy Heazlewood Blow Away Covid! Physical World
Phoebe Wood Cars and Curious Physical World
Eden Murdoch Optimum Germination Temperature Living World
Isabel Gilbert Toxic Ties Living World
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