Aurora Energy Otago Science and Technology Fair

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.

2021 Aurora Energy Science and Technology Fair

The 2021 Aurora Energy Otago Science and Technology Fair will be held from 9 – 15 August, in the Otago Museum’s 1877 Room. Judging will occur on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 August and the fair will be open to the public from Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 August.

The prize giving ceremony will be held at St David Lecture Theatre at 3pm on Sunday 15 August.

A Central Otago event will also be held in Alexandra at Central Stories Building (Opposite the Community House on Centennial Drive) on 4 and 5 August with judging on Wednesday 4 August and the fair open to the public from Wednesday afternoon and Thursday 5 August. 

Teacher resources

Here is background information and entry forms for the 2021 Fair:

Information for schools (PDF) 

2021 OSTA membership application (PDF) 

Entry Form - Dunedin 2021 (PDF)

Entry Form - Central Otago 2021 (PDF) 

Guidelines - Research on Human and Animal subjects (PDF)

Guidelines - Research on Micro-Organisms (PDF)

Ethics for animals - flow chart (PDF)

Prize Categories 2021 (PDF)

More information

Please contact Steve Sexton, Fair Convenor, if you have any questions.  


The 2020 Aurora Energy Science and Technology Fair attracted 224 entries from 262 students representing 22 schools in Dunedin and across Central Otago. 

The winners of the Aurora Energy Premier Award, Best in Fair 2020, were Olivia Charles and Maia Robertson (with help from Angela Fu and Chloe Heineke) Year 12 students from Columba College, for their entry 'Mummifying Rats? Of Corpse!'

Past winners of the Aurora Energy Premier Award - Best in Fair

  • 2019 - Aaron Hewson, Year 12, King’s High School for his project on “Investigating Chlorophyll concentration of Hound's Tongue Fern at Orokonui Ecosanctuary”
  • 2018 – Ollie Meikle, Year 13, Kavanagh College for his project “Ambulance at the bottom of the cliff” an investigation into the relationship between leaf pigmentation and New Zealand's native horopito and predation at Orokonui eco-sanctuary
  • 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