May 7, 2021
During the autumn break a talented trio of WC students entered the NZ Young Scientists' tournament - the first time Coll has entered a team into a tournament like this. Over three gruelling days students were challenged by other school's teams in 'Science Fights' to present, and defend in debate, solutions to open-ended science problems. Seven problems had been published in advance, so Aston Varga, Sumner Handcock and captain Krishin Cox had already put in many, many hours of hard work to get their presentations up to scratch...or so they hoped!
A good showing in the first two rounds followed by a brilliant presentation and defence in round three put us into the grand final. The presentations were strong, the debates were tough, but in the end our boys showed their superior understanding of key science ideas, debating skills. An exemplary presentation (explaining the buzzing sound you get if you roll a coin around the inside of a balloon) won Wellington College the trophy and won our scientific trio places in the New Zealand squad, hoping to represent NZ at the international tournament by Zoom later this year.