Register your entry now!

The 2022 Cawthron Scitec Expo is now open for registrations. Your project should be well underway before you register. Please click on the button below to register.

Welcome to the Cawthron Scitec Expo.

This is an annual event that encourages and supports Nelson Tasman students to explore science through topics of personal interest.

Independent judges, including Cawthron scientists, review entries, interview students and provide individual feedback to all entrants. Plus there’s a raft of prestigious awards and cash prizes up for grabs.

Our founder, Thomas Cawthron, believed science was the key to a better future. This event sees local schools, organisations and businesses collaborating to inspire the next generation of scientists in Te Tau Ihu.

This year’s event.

The 2022 Cawthron Scitec Expo is exclusively for students in Years 9 – 13 and will be held at Founders Park in Nelson on Tuesday 6 September.

You will find a guidebook, Q&A’s and a timeline for this year’s event in the panel below. 

The full expo for Years 1-13 will return in 2023.

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Are you planning on entering this year’s Scitec Expo?

We recommend you start by reading the Student/Teacher guide which helps you plan your project, explains the requirements of the various categories you can enter and details prizes. 

Scitec timeline.

Monday 2 May
– Registrations open online. We recommend you don’t register until your project is well underway.

Friday 5 August 
– Registrations close

Friday 2 September
– Deadline for digital entries to be submitted.

Monday 5 September (afternoon)
–  Physical projects to be dropped off at Founders Park. 

Tuesday 6 September  
– Judging Interviews 9am – 3pm. These will be scheduled in school bubbles and offered via video conferencing where required.
– Public viewing 4pm – 6pm

Wednesday 7 September (morning)
– Projects to be collected  

Last week of September 
– Prize winners announced

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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. 

Gold Sponsors 2022.

One of the most valued aspects of the Cawthron Scitec Expo is the strong participation and engagement it attracts from local businesses and organisations that appreciate the value of science and education.

Our tremendous thanks to Nelson Pine Industries, Plant & Food Research and Ngāti Rārua for supporting this year’s expo as Gold Sponsors. 

Become a Scitec sponsor.

We are seeking Silver and Bronze Sponsors for this year’s event. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

2021 Scitec Expo

Congratulations to Ben Mercer from Nelson College, Ra Edmonds from Nayland College and Macgregor Jones from Waimea College, pictured below with their trophies after being named our 2021 Scitec Expo Supreme Prize Winners. Ra is also pictured on the banner at the top of this page.

We 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.