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.

2020 Aurora Energy Science and Technology Fair

The 2020 Aurora Energy Otago Regional Science and Technology Fair will be held from 3rd to 9th August, in the Otago Museum’s 1877 Room. Judging will occur on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th August and the fair will be open to the public from Wednesday the 5th to Sunday the 9th of August.

The prize giving ceremony will be held at Castle Two at 3pm Sunday 9th of August.

A Central Otago event will also be held on 30th and 31st July with judging on Thursday 30th July and the fair open to the public from Thursday afternoon through Friday 31st July. 

Teacher resources

Here is background information and entry forms for the 2020 Fair:

Information for schools 2020 - Dunedin (PDF)

Information for schools 2020 - Central Otago (PDF)

2020 OSTA membership application (PDF)

Entry Form - Dunedin 2020 (PDF)

Entry Form - Central Otago 2020 (PDF)

Guidelines - Research on Human and Animal subjects (PDF)

Guidelines - Research on Micro-Organisms (PDF)

Ethics for animals - flow chart (PDF)

Prize Categories 2019 

More information

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


The 2019 Aurora Energy Science and Technology Fair attracted 268 entries from 318 students representing 28 schools in Dunedin and across Central Otago. 

The winner of the Aurora Energy Premier Award, Best in Fair 2019, was Aaron Hewson a Year 12 student at King’s High School. His project focused on Investigating Chlorophyll oncentration of Hound's Tongue Fern at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

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

  • 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