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

This award recognises the importance in secondary 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 secondary 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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