Cawthron Scitec Expo is back.
7 July 2021
The annual Cawthron Scitec Expo is returning this year with more than $8000 in prizes to encourage students to explore their interests through science.
Event co-ordinator Karen Goodger says planning is well underway for this year’s expo which will showcase science projects from primary, intermediate and secondary school students at Founders Heritage Park on September 21 and 22.
“We only hold a full expo for both primary and secondary students every second year. This year is super-exciting because it comes after last year’s COVID-induced hiatus, and also co-incides with Cawthron’s 100-year celebrations.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing the ideas, inquiry and innovation that comes forward from the next generation following such a defining period in so many people’s lives.”
Students are being encouraged to start their Scitec Expo projects over the upcoming July school holidays. A Scitec Expo holiday workshop is being held at Nelson Provincial Museum on Wednesday 14 July, prior to online entry registrations opening on the first day of Term 3.
Nelson Intermediate STEAM team leader Sarah Johns – a member of the Scitec Expo organising committee – says the great thing about Scitec is the opportunity it gives tamariki to lead their own learning.
“They can take an interest that means the most to them and turn it into something that is a springboard for meaningful and authentic learning and can then contribute to the learning of others. Our rangatahi really thrive on this experience.”
Cawthron Institute has supported the Scitec Expo for nearly 20 years and has run it for nearly a decade as part of the Trust Board’s commitment to invest in science-based community initiatives, projects and education activities in Te Tau Ihu.
The Expo is also supported by Nelson Pine Industries as a major sponsor, alongside dozens of other businesses and organisations that contribute prizes and staff that judge at the event.