Logan Park High School pupil Meran Campbell-Hood with her
winning Otago Science and Technology Fair display 'North by
North-West'. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Meran Campbell-Hood's quest to answer a question posed by
her grandfather has been a winner in the past and this year was
The Logan Park High School pupil was yesterday awarded the
Otago Science and Technology Fair best in fair award for her
display ''North by North-West''.
The display built on the 16-year-old's award-winning work of
last year, which won her selection for the ''Realise the
Dream'' conference and then its Royal Society of New Zealand
travel award, which enabled her to attend the 2014 Youth
Science Conference in Melbourne.
It all began in year 7 when her grandfather posed the
question ''Can soil nutrients be detected by photography?'',
She developed a method to test for soil nutrients, such as
copper and selenium, using red-green-blue characteristics of
plants, as captured in digital photographs.
Her ''North by North-West'' display looked at the ways
changing the camera angle could affect the colours of the
photographs taken and make it harder to do the analysis.
''It's all been working up to this point. This is the last
step to applying it.''
She had wanted to see the project through due to a love of
physics, she said.
Overall, 318 pupils from years 7 to 13 created 288 displays
for the fair, which were displayed at Otago Museum last week.
Award for excellence: Jacob Jopson (Bridging the Gap).
Tom Shallard (How does incorporating triangles into the
design of bridges affect its weight-bearing capacity?).
General excellence: Cameron Reddington (Growth rate of
Premier award for general excellence and University of
Otago premier award: Grant McNaughton (Harbouring an
Most promising young scientist: senior, Alex
Leckie-Zaharic (War of the Words); junior, Patrick Zhang (How
People Consider Organic Foods).
Premier award for gifted and talented pupils in years 7
and 8: Rebecca Dalphin and Prattoyi Saha, (What is eating