2022 Aurora Energy Otago Science and Technology Fair

By Arnika Hazelwood | Posted: Saturday August 27, 2022

Congratulations to Bill Campbell Yr 13 and Odin Hyink Yr 9 for their prize winning entries. Bill won a number of major prizes.

The Fair attracted 254 entries from students representing 20 schools in Dunedin and across Central Otago. 

Bill explains his project here:

"I began work on my project in 2019, with the aim of building an autonomous solar powered quadcopter drone, for the application of long term aerial data collection in remote locations.

I initially entered it in the 2020 Otago science fair, in its very rudimentary stage. Using the prize money from there, as well as a grant from the ministry of education, I worked on the project for the next two years until I entered it in this year's science fair.

Ultimately, the fundamental design of the project limited its functionality, and would need an overhaul to reach my desired goal. I did manage to get the drone to be able to fly semi-autonomously, doing an autonomous flyover of LPHS and using computer vision to self-guide on its landing pad. However to achieve full autonomous functionality, a bigger drone with a larger battery and more suitable components would be required. I learnt a heap throughout the development of the project, but I don't have time to develop it further, currently."

Bill Campbell

TITLE: Drone Far From Home 


University of Otago College of Education General Technology
University of Otago Computer Science Award
University of Otago School of Surveying Geospatial Award
Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Information Technology
Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Information Technology
Premiere New Zealand Oil and Gas Best Year 9-13 Scientist

Odin Hyink

TITLE: Birdy Bias

PRIZE: Louis Leland Psychological Society Award

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