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Powering Potential
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Powering Potential


Congratulations to Ashlen Kaur and Maya Wells in Year 12 who have both won a place on the Royal Society’s Powering Potential programme.

Each year 40 of New Zealand’s most promising Year 12 and 13 Science students come together to seek answers to some of the biggest issues facing the world today. Participants need to be emerging thinkers who will be tomorrow’s doers – the people who will be tasked with solving some of the biggest issues facing the world.”

The girls will head off to Wellington in December and will work in groups of five researching a current Science issue submitted by an actual scientist. This scientist will also mentor the group over their time in Wellington. Powering Potential offers students the opportunity to improve their skills such as leadership, time management, communicating, resilience, research, planning, teamwork and presentation skills. There are also social events organised for them in the evenings and it will be a fabulous opportunity for Ashlen and Maya to meet some like minded students to converse with.

If this sounds like something YOU would like to be part of, Powering Potential 2021 will be looking for students who have these qualities:

  • a passion for science and technology

  • like to think outside the box and good at problem solving

  • good oral and written communication skills

  • ability to work as part of a team

  • curiosity, perseverance and resilience

  • liked to be challenged