Enter the Awards

  • Projects need to address a need, problem or opportunity in your school or community.
  • If you have a project in mind, register your interest and a member of the team will contact you and help you set it up.
  • Not sure what to work on? Why not check out the winning projects from previous years for ideas or contact the Awards Coordinator, phone 04 473 2023 or email neawards@ipenz.org.nz
  • The Awards are about collaboration; it's important that your students do the majority of the work on the project with support from their teacher and the technical assistance of their engineering mentor.
  • Each team will need to submit a report that outlines the Technological Practice involved in their project.
  • Neighbourhood Engineers volunteer their services solely to assist students in educational activities. Their advice may not be used or relied upon for any other purpose.
  • Entries close 5pm, Wednesday 25th October 2017 – please submit your project on time.

Preparing to send your entry in for judging

  • We suggest the teacher and engineer review the report and supporting material prior to sending it to IPENZ for judging.
  • Ensure that your project has all the required elements and documentation for judging – see the checklist on your entry form.

How the Awards are judged

  • A panel of three judges will award winners and merit awards.
  • Results will be published and media coverage sought for winning projects.
  • IPENZ and Transpower will visit and present Awards to the winning schools and engineer partners.
  • Winning schools in each category will receive up to $2,000.
  • Merit prizes will be given at the discretion of the judges.
  • All entrants receive certificates of participation.
  • The Judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No judges' comments will be made available to individual award entrants; however, general comments will be made available.

Judging criteria emphasise technological practice

The judging panel are looking for a record of methodical technological practice, including clear evidence of:

  • A good understanding of the problem, need or opportunity
  • Thorough and thoughtful assessment of options
  • Decisions that led to an appropriate solution
  • Conclusions and/or outcomes of the project

Judges will also consider:

  • The value of supporting material
  • Evidence of working as a team
  • The teacher's comments on the project
  • The engineer's comments on the project