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Kristin Student and NZ Team win Gold in Belarus!

The New Zealand team won the gold medal and 'Absolute Winner' status at the International Young Naturalists' (IYNT) Tournament in Minsk, Belarus!

Year 11 student Hee Seo Kim represented Kristin and was a credit to the school. She was the highest-scoring member of the six-person New Zealand team throughout the competition, helping ensure a close victory against Croatia and Switzerland in the finals.

It was a fantastic opportunity for all team members across New Zealand to participate in an international Science competition. Over 20 other countries took part, all with unique answers to the 17 problems that Hee Seo and her team had to prepare for, and all with a huge determination to reach the finals. It was a joy to see so many young talented students come together in their shared love of science.

The IYNT aims to bridge gaps between natural sciences, taking an interdisciplinary approach with independent research from across the sciences not prioritising any narrow area. This competition promotes the creative potential of teenagers who are eager to explore the natural world, experiment and work as part of a team to collaborate in science from a global perspective. Students must work collaboratively to conduct experiments, present reports and they must also be prepared to oppose and review the reports of other teams in order to compete in the IYNT.

To get to Belarus and compete the New Zealand team was fortunate enough to be funded by The Talented School Students Travel Award – a fund managed by Royal Society Te Apārangi and funded by MBIE.

The problems for next year's competition have been announced and can be found on the official IYNT website. Motivated and enthusiastic learners of science currently in Year 10 are encouraged to speak to Miss Ayriss if they are interested in participating in next year's event.

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