Aurora Otago Science and Technology Fair chief judge Dr Esther Haines reflects on a games console table unit developed by Magnus Campbell, a year 8 pupil at Balmacewen Intermediate School. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Judging began yesterday at the latest Otago Science and
Technology Fair and the 288 displays created by school pupils
will open to the public at Otago Museum tomorrow morning.
Organisers said 318 pupils were participating, from years 7
to 13 and from 28 schools, including at Palmerston, Wanaka
Chief judge Dr Esther Haines was impressed by the quality of
And Sandra Copeland, who has helped organise the event for
more than 25 years, said the enthusiasm of pupils had
''They're just excited, they have a lot of enjoyment,
enthusiasm, vitality,'' Mrs Copeland said.
Magnus Campbell, a year 8 pupil, has developed a table
console which enables people to play electronic arcade games
from the past, including Pac-Man.
Participants were focusing more on sustainability, and trying
to protect the environment, Mrs Copeland said.
''Young people are much more aware of what's going on in the
world around them and are very conscious of the need to do
things in a sustainable way,'' she said.
The exhibits will remain on display at the museum's 1877
Gallery until Sunday afternoon.