Awarded to a primary or intermediate school student, or a group of students who have shown determination and outstanding achievement in carrying out a practical and innovative science research or technology project.

This award recognises the importance, in primary or intermediate education, for children to explore, problem solve, innovate and experience the joy of hands-on learning.  It is for individuals or groups from Hutt Valley primary and intermediate schools who have undertaken a unique project or piece of research. One entry per school will be accepted.

How entries will be judged

CriteriaPerformance indicator examplesMaximum points
Innovation and newness in project achievements
  • Evidence that the project answered objectives
  • Evidence of contribution to inspiring and exciting young minds
  • Evidence the project was conducted clear, logical and well presented
  • Extent to which the project was innovative and new rather than undertaking a project that has been completed before
Determination and commitment
  • Evidence that the project was carried out with a strong commitment to discovery in science or technology
  • Evidence of commitment and determination in undertaking the project and getting results
Learning outcomes
  • Evidence of positive learnings
Future potential
  • Evidence that the project might lead to practical application
  • Evidence that the participants' learnings will lead to greater things in the future
Inspiration to other students and groups
  • Evidence that the project or its processes inspire others to follow suit
  • Evidence that the project would provide inspiring case examples through communications


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