Science project up for international award

Kaikorai Valley College science pupils (from left) Angel Durham (13), Desiree Raukura (14),...
Kaikorai Valley College science pupils (from left) Angel Durham (13), Desiree Raukura (14), Samantha Lobb (14) and Grace Dore (14) are part of a nationwide science programme that has been named a finalist in the 2010 Stockholm Challenge. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Counting worms and pulling weeds at Kaikorai Valley College has helped the New Zealand International Science Festival and the Department of Conservation reach the final of the prestigious 2010 Stockholm Challenge Awards.

A class of year 9 science pupils at the college joined thousands of pupils around the country, getting their hands dirty, exploring their local flora, fauna and fungi, and learning about the things that live beneath their feet.

The "Meet a Metre" project was launched in 2009, and combines hands-on science skills with information technology by giving the 32 participating schools an opportunity to share their findings online with scientists from Doc and Landcare Research.

Project moderator Monika Fry said its selection as a finalist was "a huge honour".

The challenge is a biennial award, with winners selected by some of the world's leading global IT entrepreneurs.

Winners will be announced in Stockholm on December 1.

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