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Student science and tech competition gains momentum

More than 80 teams of students across the Wellington region will pit their science, technology and mathematical skills against each other in the annual STEMM Student Challenge tomorrow.

The STEMM (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing) Student Challenge 2021 is on tomorrow Wednesday 19 May and Thursday 20 May at the Lower Hutt Town Hall.

Now in its seventh year, the event has gone from strength-to-strength, now attracting more than 330 students. This year for the first time, the event is open to Wellington secondary schools.

Broken into secondary school and primary school streams, teams of four students will compete in quizzes testing their knowledge of STEMM subjects as well as a practical hands-on round.

Organising and hosting the event is Hutt Science, a Hutt City Council initiative that engages young people and encourages them to get involved in science and technology.

Hutt Science Director Anne Ryan says, with a worrying 80 per cent of students finishing primary school without reaching the expected level of achievement, she’s thrilled more young people are getting involved in the challenge.

“Young people who can be encouraged to focus on STEMM subjects can find fascinating and rewarding careers that often have important benefits for the society they live in.

“But even if they don’t go into science and technology careers, the knowledge, the research and technology skills they pick up preparing for events like the challenge prepare them well for any career they choose,” she says.

Hutt Science is backed by Lower Hutt science and technology organisations, including Callaghan Innovation, GNS Science and Hutt Valley DHB.

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