New Zealand students have returned home victorious after scooping top awards at a major conference in the US.
Teams from schools across the country travelled to Iowa to compete in the World Future Problem Solving Conference, and nine came home with prizes.
Girls from St Margaret's College in Christchurch walked away with first prize in the junior presentation section for their ideas around what might happen if a human settlement was started in space.
Julie Rogers, coach of the St Margaret's College team, says it was an "amazing experience meeting gifted students from all around the world. They have represented St Margaret's and NZ in just the most magnificent way".
The girls were given a scenario where they had to set up a human settlement on Uranus. They had to identify what challenges that posed and carry out a dramatisation on how to fix them.
They were judged on their critical and creative thinking, as well as leadership skills.
Four of the nine NZ schools took home top the top prize in their respective divisions.
Auckland's Mission Heights Junior College excelled in Iowa taking out two awards. South Auckland's McAulay High School nabbed first in the senior education section.
Two thousand students from 54 schools worldwide competed in the conference.
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