The annual Science & Technology Fairs, celebrate the excellence in scientific and technological investigation carried out by school students in Year 7 to Year 13. Science is the gathering and processing of data using scientific methods in response to an observation and/or hypothesis. Technology is the process of development of a useful, high quality device, or environment in response to an identified need or opportunity.
The Fairs are organised in each region of New Zealand by volunteers. Companies and organisations sponsor the Fairs to support them. Judges are invited from industry, research organisations and the education sector, meaning the Fairs benefit from a broad range of values and experience.
The Baking Industry Research Trust sponsors the Fairs in all regions by awarding the Baking Industry Research Trust Prize. This is awarded to the best project or exhibit that uses bread or flour products.
The prize is appropriate for projects which include bakery ingredients, production technology, cereal product uses and benefits, nutrition, scientific aspects or surveys. To enhance project quality, an understanding of basic scientific principles must be demonstrated. This can be achieved through the activities completed in the project. The project should include an hypothesis, method, results, conclusion and bibliography.