The big ideas of tomorrow will come from the young minds of today. At the Earthquake Commission (EQC) we want to hear those ideas – and reward them.
Registration is now open for the 2018 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards, and EQC is sponsoring a scholarship and a video award in this year’s competition.
We want to see ideas that show innovative and creative science, technology or engineering solutions to reduce the impact of natural disasters on New Zealanders, their homes and communities.
Deadlines are approaching fast so now is the time for students to get their thinking hats on.
Here’s what’s on offer from Eureka! and EQC.
Eureka! Awards — EQC Scholarship
Students can tell us what will make New Zealand a better place, by sharing their science, technology, engineering or mathematics idea in a speech and they will be in the running for the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards. Students can win $1,500 prize money for making it to the speech finals, and $10,000 if they top the speeches and win the Premier Award.
There’s also a $2,500 EQC Scholarship on offer if the speech looks at ideas that will reduce the impact of natural disasters on New Zealanders.
Students from Year 11 up are eligible, and entries are open until the end of June, so get planning! Students can register on the Eureka! website.
EQC Video Award
Students make a video that tells a story about how a scientific or technological idea is being, or could be applied, in their community. The video can be up to five minutes in length and will put them in the running for the Eureka Science and Technology Video Awards.
If their video looks at ideas that will reduce the impact of natural disasters on New Zealanders they’ll be eligible for a half share of the $2,500 EQC Video Award – with the other half going to their school.
Students can work in groups of up to three, so it’s a great opportunity to get together and come up with some great ideas.
The EQC Video Award is open to students from years 11 to 13 and the deadline for entries is 30 September 2018.
Visit the Eureka! website for inspiration and information
You’ll find more information, videos from previous awards winners, helpful preparation tips, online tutorials and more on the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards website.