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Project X makes its debut at New Zealand International Science Festival

Project X is a hands-on electronics and computer programming activity aimed at 10-12 year olds who are tasked with building and programming their own electronic circuit in the shape of a Christmas tree that can flash and change light sequences in time to music.

Now in its seventh year, this was the first time that a Project X event has been held outside the classroom and was organised solely by IET members and volunteers from local businesses Delta and Downer. Within hours of the booking website opening the event was fully subscribed.

Those attending were keen to get involved with some hands-on coding and quickly started to help one another with tasks such as identifying and sizing components and experimenting with different software programming techniques. At the end of the session everyone had a working model to show for their achievements. To date, IET New Zealand Local Networks have interacted with around 1,500 children through Project X events.

The New Zealand International Science Festival is a week-long celebration to promote and raise awareness of science, technology and the environment, and how science plays a part in our everyday lives. This year’s festival attracted more than 230 events and thousands of visitors from across New Zealand.