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YEW Student WINS FIRST PRIZE at NIWA Science Fair

Gareth Choo, a dedicated YEW student, earned 3 prizes at the 2018 NIWA Science and Technology Fair with his original and technically advanced project Electromagnetic Propulsion Launches the Future.

Najam Haq and Gareth Choo at the NIWA Prize Giving

Electromagnetic propulsion is an emerging technology that has many applications including launching rockets into space. "I built an electromagnetic launcher to test different materials for speed and efficiency. I discovered I could alter the electromagnetic flux and help projectiles gain speed and efficiency with magnets and springs."

The judges of the fair were impressed by Gareth's high level of understanding and the technical skill which the project displayed. Gareth's project used an Arduino microcontroller to accurately measure and record the speed of his launches.

"I conducted several tests to see if I could come any closer to finding an energy efficient solution for reducing carbon waste in train systems."

This isn't the first project Gareth has done using Arduino. Gareth has participated in Young Engineers Workshop Programs for 3 years where he has built up knowledge and experience in electronics. Gareth has really taken the skills he's acquired in our programs to the next level.

At Young Engineers Workshop, Gareth has been exposed to many types of technology and engineering but has developed a particular interest in electronics. He has built a few impressive projects from scratch including a motor, a flashlight that runs from dead batteries and an autonomous robot.

Gareth won 1st in the Physical and Material World Category, Best in Innovation, Invention or Investigation and the Science Award Trust Prize.

"Winning this prize has inspired me to want to focus more on technology and science to find innovative solutions to problems that we face in the world."

September, 2018

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