As this year is online, there are 7 topics that students may chose from. This is open to all exhibitors from Years 7 through to 13 inclusive…
TOPIC 1: Living World and Physical World including Planet Earth and Beyond
The living world strand is about…..
- Living things and how they interact with each other and the environment.
- An understanding of the diversity of life and life processes, of where and how life has evolved, of evolution as the link between life processes and ecology,
- The impact of humans on all forms of life.
- Make more informed decisions about significant biological issues.
- The sustainability of New Zealand’s unique fauna and flora and distinctive ecosystems.
The planet earth and beyond is about….
- The interconnecting systems and processes of the Earth, the other parts of the solar system and the universe beyond.
- Earth’s subsystems of geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life) are interdependent
- How humans can affect this interdependence in both positive and negative ways.
TOPIC 2: Dairy Industry and Primary Industry
Project demonstrates a scientific approach within one of the following areas:
- Agriculture-Dairy and Meat and wool.
- Horticulture – including viticulture.
- Seafood- including aquaculture and fishing.
TOPIC 3: Mātauranga Māori
Sponsored by Northpower
Project demonstrates an integration of traditional Māori knowledge and scientific knowledge within our society.
- Traditional Māori knowledge (Mātauranga Māori) or an aspect of the traditional Māori world (Te Ao Māori)
- Linking with Te Ao Māori, Tai Ao, relating to iwi and hapu.(The principles of kaitiakitanga (guardianship of the land) are central to the project.)
TOPIC 4: Environmental Management/Conservation
Project demonstrates a strong scientific approach to solving environmental issues and concerns.
The project may include links with the following points below to the natural environments and the ecological communities that inhabit them.
- Protection of our natural resources, organisms
- Management of human use of natural resources e.g. water, waste, smarter transport
- Preservation of natural environments
- Restoration of natural environments
- Biodiversity within our ecosystems
- Sustainability social, economic utilization, education and community initiatives
TOPIC 5: Technology
Project demonstrates a strong scientific approach to new and innovative ways in order to help improve the environment and/or humans needs.
- The use of knowledge, skills and practices for exploration and within specific areas.
- These can include digitally-aided design, programming, software development, various forms of technological modelling, and visual literacy – the ability to make sense of images and the ability to make images that make sense.
- Key criteria’s: Innovation, enterprise, sustainability and design.
TOPIC 6: Pure Science (Maths, Chemistry & Physics)
Project demonstrates a strong scientific approach within the mathematics, chemistry and /or physics field.
- Exploration and use of patterns and mathematical relationships in quantities, space and time and in data.
- Project communicates these patterns and relationships.
- Models may be used to represent both real-life and hypothetical situations.
- Situations may include any social, cultural, scientific, technological, health, environmental and economic contexts.
- Shows understandings of the composition and properties of matter, the changes it undergoes, and the energy involved.
- Shows the fundamental properties of chemistry to make sense of the world around them.
- Interpret their observations by considering the properties and behaviour of atoms, molecules, and ions.
- Communicate their understandings, using the symbols and conventions of chemistry.
- Integrates their chemistry knowledge/findings to science-related challenges, such as environmental sustainability and the development of new materials, pharmaceuticals, and sources of energy, chemical reactions within organisms.
- Includes wide range of physical phenomena e.g. light, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, waves, forces, and motion.
- Uses physics ideas relating to contemporary issues and challenges giving potential technological solutions.
TOPIC 7: Health
Sponsored by The Northland Branch of the New Zealand Dental Association, Northland District Health Board – Public Health, Activ8 Northland and Visualeyz Boutique Optometry.
Project demonstrates a strong scientific approach relating to health related issues.
- Health-related contexts: mental, food and nutrition, body care and physical safety, physical activity, sport studies, outdoor education.
- Reflects on the nature of well-being and how to promote it to those around them of their communities of their environments (including natural environments), and of the wider society.