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2019 Annual New Zealand Engineering Science competition

Riccarton High's star team of Leah Albrow, Aislinn Rogers, Angus Howden and Daniel Bruerton took on 200 other teams from around New Zealand and were crowned this years runners up.

The annual New Zealand Engineering Science competition is a problem solving event for teams of senior secondary students organised by the University of Auckland's Department of Engineering Science, and sponsored by Orion Health and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. This fun and challenging competition is for teams of three or four Year 12 or 13 students who are interested in Mathematics and Science.

About the competition:

  • On the day of the competition, teams will receive an open-ended science related question. No specialist knowledge will be required to understand the question. However, a good range of problem solving skills will be required to formulate an appropriate answer.
  • When answering the question, teams are encouraged to use mathematical modelling techniques. The required skills are often taught in mathematics or physics classes. After developing a mathematical model, it should be evaluated (i.e. used to deduce results and draw conclusions).
  • Depending on your model, teams may find a computer with a spreadsheet application a helpful tool. Other teams may decide to develop their own computer code.


The first prize is $6,000, and there are two runner-up prizes of $2,000.

Congratulations on an amazing result.