We are proud to foster science and technology in the Otago region. Since 2004, we have been the prime sponsor of the annual Aurora Energy Otago Science and Technology Fair, supporting the thinking behind some of New Zealand’s youngest scientists. We congratulate the many students who participate in the Fair each year with the support and inspiration of their teachers and families.
Aurora Energy is proud to foster science and technology in the Otago region. In 2017, we were the prime sponsor of the Aurora Energy Otago Science and Technology Fair for a thirteenth consecutive year. The 2017 Fair saw 264 displays from 309 students representing 27 schools across the Otago region.
The Aurora Energy Premier Award for Best in Fair 2016 was awarded to Year 7 Balmacewen Intermediate student Aaron Nelson for his exhibition on a robotic automatic table-setter. More than 200 young scientists received awards for their inspiring exhibitions.
The Aurora Energy Premier Award for Best in Fair 2017 was awarded to Columba College pupil Corrie Anderson. Corrie's project investigated the insecticidal properties and chemical structure analysis of horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) - a small, native evergreen tree, known by many New Zealanders as pepper tree, because its leaves have a hot taste.
Recent winners of the Aurora Energy Premier Award - Best in Fair
- 2017 - Corrie Anderson, Year 13, Columba College for her project “Horopito: Insecticidal properties and chemical structure analysis of a New Zealand native plant”
- 2016 – Aaron Nelson, Year 7, Balmacewen Intermediate for his project “RATs” – a Robotic Automatic Table-setter
- 2015 – Samuel Hulbe Pulver and Timothy Hulbe Pulver, Year 7, Dunedin North Intermediate for their project “Do I look like a scientist to you?”, exploring non conscious gender bias
- 2014 – Meran Campbell-Hood, Year 12, Logan Park High School, Dunedin for her project “North by North-West” on the detection of soil nutrients using digital photography of plants
- 2013 – Grant McNaughton, Year 10, Logan Park High School, Dunedin for his project "Branching Out", testing a Leonardo da Vinci theory about trees
- 2012 – Hamish McMillan, Year 13, John McGlashan College, Dunedin for his project “Will varroa affect honeybee diversity?”
- 2011 – Ryan Whelan, Year 8, John McGlashan College, Dunedin, for his project on which food goldfish prefer and what food generates the greatest weight gains