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Some of the big scientific questions troubling the world may be answered by four Otago and Southland secondary school pupils at an upcoming event in Wellington.
Karl Brinsdon (16), of Logan Park High School, Lucy Matehaere (17), of Otago Girls' High School, Nicolas Sinnott (16), of Otago Boys' High School, and Lily Clague (18), of Gore High School, are among 40 secondary pupils who will attend this year's Powering Potential event from December 11-15.
All four are promising science pupils and are excited about the opportunity to work alongside some of New Zealand's top scientists.
In the event organised by the Royal Society Te Aparangi, in partnership with Freemasons New Zealand, the pupils will work in teams of five on a question submitted by their mentoring scientist.
The pupils will then research, investigate and collaborate to provide recommendations.
Society chief executive Andrew Cleland said the young scientists would need to think outside the square and use their creative capabilities to find solutions.
''They will also need to work well in a team situation and will be required to hone their research skills.
''At the end of the three days, each team will present its findings at a special presentation,'' Dr Cleland said.
To be selected for Powering Potential, each pupil was required to submit an in-depth application and video, which focused on their own science strengths or how they have contributed to an area of science in their school or community.
Dr Cleland said the pupils were selected because they had demonstrated a passion for science and were serious about studying it at tertiary level.