'Science in action' switches pupils on

King's High School pupils Leo Etuata and Josiah Trounson (both 13), and Tahuna Normal Intermediate pupil Billie Askerud (12) enjoy chocolate brownies at Otago Polytechnic during a New Zealand International Science Festival event yesterday. Photo: Linda Ro
King's High School pupils Leo Etuata and Josiah Trounson (both 13), and Tahuna Normal Intermediate pupil Billie Askerud (12) enjoy chocolate brownies at Otago Polytechnic during a New Zealand International Science Festival event yesterday. Photo: Linda Robertson
Robots, information technology displays, a water energy demonstration and a free lunch were among the many attractions for school pupils at a ''science in action day'' at the Otago Polytechnic yesterday.

The polytechnic has long been a sponsor of the New Zealand International Science Festival, and yesterday staged its biggest festival-related event, at the polytechnic Hub.

Polytechnic event planner Rachael Shriffer said the event, which ran from 9am to 4pm, had worked well and was likely to be repeated at the festival in future.

'I think it will only grow''.

Feedback from the 62 participating pupils had also been ''really positive'' and one pupil had said ''the only thing that could make it better is if we could stay the night''.

Pupils had had the chance to learn more about a wide range of future career options, including at the School of Nursing, she said.

Several of the participating pupils also said they were impressed by the Hub as a modern central gathering place at the polytechnic. King's High School year 9 pupil Leo Etuata said it was ''quite a good space for study''. He added that he had enjoyed the ''science in action'' events, and the lunch.

Tahuna Normal Intermediate School year 8 pupil Billie Askerud felt ''happy'' about the event and said ''it's good to learn about different courses''.

King's High School year 9 pupil Josiah Trounson said he had earlier not fully realised the polytechnic's strengths in information technology.

The festival, which takes place every two years, is now in its 11th year. It runs until July 15.

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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