All Year 7 to 13 students are eligible to compete for a wide range of substantial prizes for the best exhibits.


  • All entries must be entered online at www.sciencefair.org.nz.
  • The closing date for entries is Friday, August 2, 2019.
  • Entries received after this date will not be accepted.
  • Poster-based exhibits must be set up in the Victoria University between 12.30pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday 28 August 2019.
  • Electronic presentations must be submitted on memory stick, disc or CD during the same times.
  • Judging will take place on Thursday 29 August 2019, between 9 am and 4 pm (Class 1 & 2 am, Class 3+ pm).
  • A list of prizewinners will be posted on this website and emailed to all contributing schools on the morning of Friday 30 August 2019.
  • Prizegiving will take place on Saturday, 31 August 2019 at 1 pm, in Te Toki a Rata, Lecture Theatre 1, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus.
  • All exhibits must be removed or collected on Saturday, 31 August 2019 between midday and 2.00pm. Exhibits not removed will be disposed of.

Classes Of Exhibits

Year 7   Year 8   Year 9   Year 10   Year 11 to 13


May be in any area of science: Biological sciences, including Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Agriculture, horticulture‚ anything concerning living organisms; Physics, Electronics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Meteorology, Geology, Geography, Geophysics, Computing or Mathematics.

Should contain an element of original research. This means that projects should seek to obtain new information on a subject, or test a new idea or hypothesis, through experimental investigation, or develop a new technological idea or device. Experimentation can involve mathematical and/or theoretical investigation or computer modelling or simulation, rather than the more usual physical experimentation.

Should be documented in a log book. All work: from the initial formulation of the project, through ideas for investigation, experimentation, collation and analysis of results, to final conclusions and completion should be described in a log book. This could be a school exercise book, or a scrap book; it does not need to be super-tidy, but must be logically ordered and contain a complete record of the project. Log books must be submitted with presentations for judging.

Your exhibit should include 

Experimental investigation Refers to a research or development project in any of the sciences which seeks to determine one or more new facts or test an hypothesis, or which demonstrates an original invention on practical application of Science in the home, agriculture, industry or commerce.
An appropriately designed display stand - All Classes

Your display must not exceed a table space of 0.75m wide by 0.3m deep by 1.5m high. The display must be free standing, robust and provided by the entrant. OVERSIZED ENTRIES CANNOT BE ACCEPTED

Electronic Presentation - Classes 5 (Years 13)

Instead of a display stand, students in Class 5 may instead prepare a PowerPoint (or similar) display to illustrate a live talk on your project. As with poster displays, you will need to carefully select the material to show on PowerPoint slides. You will have a maximum of 5 minutes to make your presentation: about 6-10 slides, depending on the amount of information on each.

You should also submit a summary of your project for display (max. A3, 14 point).  Extra information should be detailed in your log book. Electronic presentations will be organised into sessions of 6-10 talks. A timetable will be available at registration.

Your report You will have a lot of information about your project that is not included in your display, which the judges may refer to.

Your report may include:

  • a description of what you did and why you did it
  • a description of the methods and materials you used, possibly with diagrams, photos and sketches
  • a discussion of your methods
  • your data
  • your conclusions or reasons for not being able to reach a conclusion
  • references and acknowledgments