Budding scientists in Waiuku

Isaiah Smith, Taylah Beveridge, Eva Silk, Samuel Setchfield and IsisTia came first in the bi-annual science fair and won first place fortheir study on popcorn.

Isaiah Smith, Taylah Beveridge, Eva Silk, Samuel Setchfield and IsisTia came first in the bi-annual science fair and won first place fortheir study on popcorn.

Waiuku Primary put their love of popcorn through a thorough investigation, which led them to take out the Consumer Science category at the bi-annual Waiuku Schools’ Science Fair.

Hosted by Waiuku Primary school two weeks ago, there were over a 100 entries divided into age groups and three categories – General Science, Consumer Science, and Technology.
When the super cute five year olds began asking questions about one of their favourite foods, teacher, Tui Cox, thought it would make a great entry into the event.
Students, Eva Silk, Isis Tia, Isaiah Smith, Samuel Setchfield and Taylah Beveridge led the investigation, and with the help of class mates, explored the question ‘Which kind of popcorn pops the most kernels?’
“We tested 100 kernels from two types of popcorn to see how many popped. One popped 97 kernels while the other popped 72,” explained Isis. Isaiah explained that the reason why more kernels popped than the other brand was due to more water content in the corn seeds.
“There was more water inside the seeds and the hot air makes the seed excited and pops. The seed turns inside out and then makes popcorn.”
For Eva, her favourite part of the science experiment was being able to eat all the popcorn.
Teacher, Tui Cox, says her students are now asking more questions and are enthusiastic about completing investigations.
“At the moment, we are trying to turn a flower blue. It is just so fantastic, my classroom is filled with young scientists.”
Waiuku Primary School teacher, Trevor Bennett, was overwhelmed at the calibre of entries that the fair received from the surrounding schools.
“Every time the event is held, it just keeps getting better and better. There were many winners from all schools, spreading across the three categories.”
Projects ranged from testing plant growth against different types of music to proof of global warming occurring.
Science Fair Judge and well known local scientist, Don Rae, was thoroughly impressed with the entries this year, passed on congratulations to all of the participants and winners.

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