Rotorua and Taupō schools win 2022 GNS Science school science competitions

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02 September 2022

Students from Rotorua Seventh-Day Adventist School and Taupo-nui-a-Tia College are the winners of this year’s GNS Science School Geothermal Science Competitions.

The primary and secondary school science competitions were part of NZ Geothermal Week 2022, which was hosted by Amplify and kicked off in late July. 21 entries were received with more than 100 students from Taupō and Rotorua getting involved.

The event aimed to spark curiosity about geothermal energy in New Zealand amongst younger people, and the judges say there was plenty of evidence of inquisitive minds.

GNS Science geothermal geophysicist Dr Anya Seward who was part of the judging panel says primary school teams were challenged to create a model of a geothermal system, explaining how they form and work, and where they are found.  

She says Rotorua Seventh-Day Adventist School produced a phenomenal entry that showcased all aspects of a geothermal system, from the heat originating from the Earth’s core to geothermal features found at the surface, including bubbling mud.

This entry was an excellent effort! It provided thorough coverage of geothermal features in general and included some fantastic models with supporting explanations. The judges loved how all the different components were considered and came together into an integrated display

Dr Anya Seward Geothermal Geophysicist GNS Science

Secondary school teams were tasked with creating a national portfolio of future energy sources to enable New Zealand to meet its Net Carbon Zero goals.  

Judges say the Taupo-nui-a-Tia College’s entry was thorough, well-researched and comprehensive.

“The team clearly understood the brief, spent a lot of time investigating many aspects around the topic and developed a comprehensive and insightful report,” says Dr Seward.

There were some good insights into the challenges of transitioning to a renewable energy future, including the need for government investment, communication with the public, and redeployment of the workforce.

A huge congratulations to all the winners! All entries expressed great creative thinking and sound problem-solving, with some excellent communication of students’ scientific knowledge.

Dr Anya Seward Geothermal Geophysicist GNS Science

The GNS Science School Geothermal Science Competitions were sponsored by GNS Science. Judging the competitions were geothermal specialists Lucy Carson, Anya Seward, Moira Appleby and Mark Gibson.

Final results and prizes:

GNS Science Primary School Geothermal Science Competition

  • 1st Place: Rotorua SDA School (Years 1-8)

Prize = A one-year subscription to House of Science with three science kits delivered each fortnight to their class/school.

  • 2nd Place: Tirohanga School Junior Class (Years 0-2)

Prize = A one-year subscription to House of Science, with two science kits delivered each fortnight to their class/school.

  • 3rd= Place: Waterside Energy TeamYear 6, Wairakei School (Harry, Oscar, Finn, Adam, Mithesh) 

Prize = A one-year subscription to House of Science, with a science kit delivered each fortnight to their class/school.

  • 3rd= Place: Team 1, Waipahihi School (Reid, Eva, Kaira, Tea)

Prize = A one-year subscription to House of Science, with a science kit delivered each fortnight to their class/school.

 

GNS Science Secondary School Geothermal Science Competition

  • 1st Place: Team Slay, Taupo-nui-a-Tia College (Momo, Nanami, Amelia, Anastasia)

Prize = Each member of the team wins a 10.2” iPad

 

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