Emerging scientists from secondary schools compete at CPIT

Emerging scientists from secondary schools compete at CPIT

CPIT’s science labs were bustling with activity last Thursday night as over 60 students from 20 Canterbury secondary schools competed in the annual Year 13 Science Competition. Christchurch Girls’ High School was awarded first place with St. Andrew's College second and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School third.


Students measure the glucose content of an energy drink in one of CPIT's laboratories.

David Hawke, Programme Leader for the Bachelor of Applied Science Laboratory Technology at CPIT said that the competition aims to expose students to industry standard equipment not available in secondary schools and give them an insight into the way that real labs work. It is also about students really enjoying science and having fun.

Students were tasked with measuring the size of a mite, identifying the shape of bacteria under a microscope, completing a biology quiz and measuring the glucose content of an energy drink, all in just one and a half hours. They were judged on their accuracy within the timeframe.

Science competitions for year 10, 11 and 12 students are also held at CPIT yearly with many students attending every year as they progress through their secondary schooling. “It’s great to see them coming back time after time. We all come away from the events buzzing,” Hawke said.

This years’ competition was the most successful to date since the first was held in 2007. 22 teams entered from as far north as Cheviot and as far south as Geraldine and Timaru.

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