Tasty crickets and mini earthquakes were just some of the elements explored at the Aurora Energy Science and Technology Fair in Alexandra last week.

Otago Science and Technology convener Steven Sexton said pupils from Mt Aspiring College and Alexandra Primary School showed the results of experiments on a wide range of issues.

The fair was primarily based in Dunedin, but for the past two years they had been doing a Central Otago outreach to enable pupils from further afield to present their experiments.

Last year they were in Wanaka, and this year in Alexandra, and they aimed to “jump back and forward” between the two towns to enable local pupils to have more opportunities to take part.

“It is really hard for a lot of these schools to be able to come down to Dunedin, so it is easier for us to come here,” Mr Sexton said.

Great shakes . . . Ryan Clark (12), of Mt Aspiring College, causes a mini earthquake with a drill and construction blocks. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON

The science fair was for pupils in years 7 and 8.

There were about 25 entries this year in Alexandra, which was double the previous year.

Six entries were selected by Mr Sexton to be part of the judging process at the main fair in Dunedin.

Results would be sent to the schools today, Mr Sexton said.

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