Methven student seeking answers to big questions

Mount Hutt College's Victoria Hutana.
Mount Hutt College's Victoria Hutana.
Victoria Hutana from Mount Hutt College will be among 40 talented senior secondary school students tasked with finding answers to challenging science questions at a gathering in Wellington next month.

Called Powering Potential, the science and technology focus will see students work together in teams of five over three days.

Organised by Royal Society Te Aparangi in partnership with Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and Freemasons New Zealand, Powering Potential will bring promising science students together to work alongside a scientist or specialist who will act as their mentor.

The students will research, investigate and collaborate to provide recommendations on questions posed by the mentor. Findings will be revealed on the final day at a special presentation,

Science mentors are confirmed from NIWA, Lincoln University, University of Auckland, Environmental Science Research, Sleep Wake Centre, Infometrics and include Curious Minds ambassadors from Otago and Taranaki.

Victoria said she had submitted an in-depth application and video to Powering Potential and was both "shocked and excited'' to hear she had been selected.

"I am excited to meet the 40 students attending the course and thrilled to be able to experience the forum.''

Her application focused on her science strengths and how they have contributed to science in school through various forums.

The Year 12 student said her favourite area of science was chemistry because of its fun practicals and the interesting theory behind it.

"I would like to attend either Otago University or Auckland University for further study in the science area, although I'm still unsure exactly what I would like to be later.''

Fourteen students were selected from the South Island for Powering Potential and Victoria Hutana was one of just four students selected from the Canterbury region.