Cawthron Scitec Expo

Explore the wonderful world of Science and Technology at the Cawthron Scitec Expo.

Congratulations to the 2021 Cawthron

Scitec prize winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s event at Founders Park on 28 and 29 October. The expo saw some 250 projects from students attending 26 different schools in Nelson Tasman. Read more about this year’s event by clicking here, or click the button below to access the full list of prize winners.

Are you the next Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton?

The Cawthron Scitec Expo will be held at Founders Park in Nelson on Thursday 28 October (years 1-8) and Friday 29 October (years 9-13), subject to any COVID restrictions that apply on those dates. 

See the timeline below for further details.


If you have any questions about the Scitec Expo please contact [email protected]

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Are you planning on entering the 2021 Cawthron Scitec Expo?

Read the latest update on format options and arrangements for this year’s event. The Student/Teacher Guide will help you plan your project and our videos provide helpful information and hot tips from our judges.

Scitec Expo 2021 Timeline

Monday 26 July
Registrations open online (we recommend you don’t register until your project is well underway)

Friday 1 October
– Registrations close

Friday 22 October
– Deadline for submitting digital entries and photos of art/technology projects and science boards

Wednesday 27 October 
1pm – 5pm: Science boards and art/technology entries to be dropped off at Founders Park Energy Centre

Thursday 28 October (Years 1-8)
9am – 3pm: Judging

Friday 29 October (Years 9-13)
9am – 12pm: Judging

– Science boards returned and prizes awarded via school assemblies

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Become a Scitec judge

Every year we rely on a large team of volunteer judges to make this educational opportunity available to the tamariki of our region. Do you have what it takes to guide students on their journey of scientific discovery? If so, we’d love you to be involved. 

Special prizes and sponsors

The Cawthron Scitec Expo is made possible with the generous support from our Major Sponsor Nelson Pine Industries Ltd.

We also acknowledge the support of all our prize sponsors; Nelson Science Society, Dick Roberts Memorial Trust, AuOra, Plant and Food Research, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Port Nelson, NMIT, CNX, Soroptimists Nelson and Waimea branches, Royal Aeronautical Society, NZ Amateur Radio Society, Tonkin and Taylor, Forest and Bird, NZ Statistical Association, Ministry of Inspiration, Mr Science, Menzshed, Nelson Tasman Climate Forum, Nelson Institute and Friends of Nelson Haven.   


Would you like to support our next generation of innovators?