Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Another bumper year for electronics projects in New Zealand
Posted on 8-Nov-2011 14:56. | Tags Filed under: News.

Another bumper year for electronics projects in New Zealand
The eleventh annual ETITO Bright Sparks Awards saw a fantastic array of entries from all across the country, with finalists invited to showcase their projects online with pictures and video at

The Awards ceremony at Jade in Christchurch on Tuesday evening was an opportunity to display their projects in front of representatives from the hi-tech industry and universities, teachers, parents and mentors, and of course – their rivals in the competition.

Ross Petersen, Bright Sparks Manager says each successive year of the awards raises the bar for the next entrants. “It’s like an arms race. A couple of years ago we saw the first projects incorporating software and programming elements. Then we saw touch-screens make an appearance, and now we’re seeing wireless networking, and some of the projects are integrating with cellphone applications. It’s really fantastic to see the progression.”

Among the winners, Lower Hutt youth Reiker von Motschelnitz, who came third equal in the 13-14 years category, came up with a unique robotic dragon that incorporates a complex set of linkages that he designed using 3D CAD.

Reiker’s project is great example of the new kind of self-directed learning that is available to students with the internet. Reiker was able to use source information and advice from people around the world that he put to use on his project – including a professor from UCLA in the US.

The ETITO Bright Sparks Awards inspires school students towards hi-tech careers through a practical, hands-on approach – something that is crucial to New Zealand’s economic future.

More information:

comments powered by Disqus

Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Sony XZ Owners discussion
Created by networkn, last reply by Geektastic on 23-Oct-2016 17:19 (101 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7

Rise of the machines
Created by Rikkitic, last reply by joker97 on 23-Oct-2016 19:03 (15 replies)

Gigabit cable now available
Created by sub, last reply by Pumpedd on 23-Oct-2016 10:48 (59 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4

Who is this women? She is possibly the most famous women on the internet and nobody knows who she is.
Created by jimbob79, last reply by cynnicallemon on 20-Oct-2016 13:28 (14 replies)

Labour weekend plans?
Created by DarthKermit, last reply by joker97 on 22-Oct-2016 09:51 (27 replies)
Pages... 2

Is windows 10 anniversary update causing you problems
Created by robjg63, last reply by mdav056 on 20-Oct-2016 14:01 (27 replies)
Pages... 2

Windows 10: HDMI or DP to connect to 4K monitor?
Created by joker97, last reply by joker97 on 23-Oct-2016 19:04 (12 replies)

Does anyone use Ebay?
Created by TeaLeaf, last reply by mattwnz on 23-Oct-2016 19:01 (22 replies)
Pages... 2