Key Information

Entries closed: Friday 21st July (Week 1, Term 3)
Fair Judging: Monday 14th August

Entries and covid – if students are unable to attend due to sickness but their exhibit is already at school, teachers can bring it and it will still be judged for prizes.

Exhibits pick up: Boards will need to be removed from the venue between 3.00pm and 4.00pm on Monday 14th August.

Wall charts, photographs, videos and drawings cannot be displayed but they will be uploaded to our website. We still require physical copies for judging to be sent.

Prize-giving cancelled in 2023 due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for the impact on schools.
Schools with prizewinners will be notified by 17th August, and prizes will be delivered. We hope schools are able to celebrate their students achievements at their own Prizegiving’s and Assemblies

NZIFST Information

NZIFST have a range of resources on their website that contain ideas for experiments (

2023 NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Fair Program

Contact Info

If you have any questions contact: [email protected]

Other Opportunities


As a global leader in educational assessments and academic competitions, ICAS is dedicated to equipping teachers and parents with powerful insights to improve learning and reward academic excellence.

Biology Olympiad

NZIBO fosters interest, participation, and excellence in biology through participation of secondary school students in the New Zealand Biology Olympiad Programme. The programme provides University level education in Biology to those students selected to participate in the online tutorial programme.

NZIBO ensures that the students who participate have the necessary knowledge to compete successfully at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) should they be selected to represent New Zealand at this prestigious international competition.

EPro8 comptition –

The EPro8 Challenge is organised by a small team passionate about science and engineering.

EPro8 Dates for 2023:
Heat Year 11-13
Heat Year 9-10
Heat Year 9-10
Heat Year 9-10
Grand Final Year 11-13
Grand Final Year 9-10


Have you looked at The Prime Ministers Science Prizes – Future Scientist:

This prize is worth $50,000. The Prize will be awarded to either a Year 12 or Year 13 student who has undertaken an outstanding science, technology, mathematics or engineering project.


Thank you to EngineeringNZ for sharing this opportunity:
Encouraging women into professional engineering or food technology degrees.

If you know of women planning to enrol in a BE(Hons) or BFoodTech(Hons) degree in 2023, please tell them about the Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarship for Technology and Engineering. Information is on The scholarships are open to school leavers, and mature women who have not previously studied technology and engineering at this level. Applications close on 1 September and applications must be submitted through the university the candidate intends to enroll at.

Resources for student projects:

Image authority and consent forms to attach to the back of the project.
Animal ethics summary and approval


ClassYear GroupInterest Area
1Year 7Living World
2Year 7Material World
3Year 7Physical World
4Year 8Living World
5Year 8Material World
6Year 8Physical World
7Year 7 & 8Planet Earth and Beyond*
8Year 9-10Living World
9Year 9-10Material World
10Year 9-10Physical World
11Year 9-10Planet Earth and Beyond*
12Year 11-13Senior Sciences
13Year 7 & 8Junior Invention
14Year 9-13Senior Invention
15Year 7 & 8Junior Scientific Wall Chart
16Year 9-13Senior Scientific Wall Chart
17Year 7 & 8Junior Observational Drawing
18Year 9-13Senior Observational Drawing
19Year 7-13Scientific Photography
20Year 7-13Scientific Video

*In a change from previous years, this class must now be an investigation, not research-based only.

Scientific Wall Charts, Observational Drawings and Scientific Photography must be entered individually. Students may enter all other classes either individually or in pairs.

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