Diverse range of social science projects

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Lumsden Primary School Year 6 pupil Benjamin Rodgers-Foran alongside his Southland Social Sciences Fair project, Toyota Kiwi Guardian Project, at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club on Tuesday.

A DIVERSE range of subjects have been included among the 200 displays at this year’s Southland Social Sciences Fair being held at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club.

Organiser Lloyd Esler said “it was encouraging to see a good turnout after a few initial concerns.”

Aimed at Years 5-13 pupils from throughout Southland and Stewart Island, any topic related to the social sciences could be presented.

This year, topics ranged from some of the traditional subjects such as the 1984 Invercargill floods, the Invercargill Water Tower, the Tararua disaster, moonshine and Winton’s Minnie Dean to up-to-date local topical events including the Southland Museum & Art Gallery and Invercargill’s Colombian refugees, as well as some in-depth topics such as How Phones Have Affected Society, Fast Food and It’s Effect On People, Gender Neutral, Say No To Palm Oil and dairy farming.

Other topics included local history, biographies, world history, other cultures, genealogy, sport, current events and farming.

Lumsden Primary School Year 6 pupil Benjamin Rodgers-Foran (10) said it had taken him six weeks to complete his display, Toyota Kiwi Guardian Project, which showed his progress in collecting wooden medals through the guardian programme.

Organised by Toyota and the Department of Conservation, the programme encouraged children to explore the outdoors by taking part in a variety of activities and adventures. Some could be completed in their own backyard, which were for Kiwi Guardian Activity medals, while to achieve a Kiwi Guardian Adventure medal, participants had to travel and go on an adventure. Some of the activities included attracting lizards to the garden, becoming a warrior on weeds, a pest detective, building a weta motel, camping, and tracking cats. For every completed activity, a participant received a certificate and a wooden medal.

Benjamin said he was encouraged to take part in the activities after his cousin told him about them, as well as geocaching, which his sister also entered into the fair as a project.

Mr Esler encouraged everyone “to come along to see the good work being done by young Southlanders”.

The fair is open today, 9am-5pm, and Friday, June 29, 9am-8pm, and Saturday, June 30, until 2pm. Entry is free.

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