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19 September 2019 – Girls in STEM

Mikayla Stokes, a first year engineering student at University of Auckland, found that events aimed at encouraging girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) weren't doing the right things in the right way, so she and Amelia Lockley set up TechGirlsNZ with the aim of putting that right.

In May this year the two ran the first TechGirlsNZ event, aimed at secondary school girls:

A youth for youth event on a mission to create a new type of innovative event for teenage girls thinking about getting into STEAM, where they can make meaningful connections, learn new things, network with others, and truly be inspired with a more hands-on and unique approach.

This article on Stuff outlines some of the struggles Mikayla has faced with stereotypes and sexism.

30 August 2019 – Spiderman is a vigilante

A physics project at the 2019 NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair has shown that Spider-Man is a vigilante, killing at least 85% of the people he punches using his most powerful upper cuts.

Student Bianca Santayana analysed punches thrown by the crime-fighting superhero in the game Spider-Man PS4 and found that the amount of force exerted by Spider-Man in order to punch his opponent (or victim) off the ground by up to 3.25 metres was more than enough to cause an internal decapitation. Explaining the consequences of this in her project she says "only 30% of cases do not end in immediate death and an extra 15% of cases where people survive until the emergency room and die in their subsequent hospital stay."

She thinks "the world is better off without him" and finishes "it should now be clear that Spider-Man should be classified more as a vigilante than a hero which was proven through the experiment and calculations."

Visitors to the NIWA Science Fair tended to agree, but one thought that the word vigilante was too euphemistic. "He's basically going about murdering people" said one surprised father after reading the project.

The science fair is open to the public on Saturday 31 August 2019 from 10am to 5pm.

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Because kids haven't been exposed to the bureaucracy of professional science,
they're a lot more open to trying things... In that way, I think kids
are able to sometimes do better science than adults.
Taylor Wilson, youngest person ever to have built a working fusion reactor, at age 14.