More than 220 enthusiastic young learners packed out New Plymouth’s Devon Hotel, alongside their teachers, parents and caregivers, and over two days, showcased their science and engineering projects.

The youngsters also enjoyed the opportunity to learn from some inspiring guests, including palaeontologist Debbie Lovegrove from Nanogirl Labs.

The fair, now in its 12th year, was hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa. 

“Some of the children at the fair will undoubtedly go on to careers in science and engineering,” Energy Resources Aotearoa chief executive John Carnegie says.

“They might play important roles in New Zealand’s ongoing electrification, contribute to our agricultural knowledge, or develop new modes of automation.

“The opportunities are endless for these young learners. The Taranaki Primary Schools Science and Engineering Fair is all about showing them the wonders of science and engineering and how they can play a role in these fields.”

A number of awards were presented to high-acheiving students and schools, including:

School Participation Award

Omata Primary School

Newcomer School Award

The Green School

Additional Awards:

Most creative/artistic entry award - Welbourn Primary School, Amali Horton

Best use of materials award - Ethan Deshwal, Individual entry

Best Technical Accurate Design Award - Tie between Green School, Amos Michael and Oakura Primary School, Colin Faragasso, Israel Fakavamoeanga, Jesse Tscheuschler

Best Poster Award - Central Primary School - Finlay McCraig

Engineering Challenge Category Awards:

First - Welbourn Primary School - Jamie Lewis and Oliver Pascoe

Second - Fitzroy Primary School - Emme Laird

Third - Fitzroy Primary School - Te Waiehu Middleton

Fourth - Omata Primary School - Tavish Thomas

Super Science Category Awards:

First - Fitzroy Primary School - Eliza Barnes

Second - Oakura Primary School - Ella Ander

Third - Welbourn Primary School - Ava Summerrell and Francesca Pascoe

Fourth - Manaia Primary School - Koby Cooper

Overall Award for best overall project of Engineering and Science

First - Fitzroy Primary School, Eliza Barnes