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This page provides information about projects funded through the Participatory Science Platform and Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund. 

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3 Dimensional Design, Imagination is the Limitation

University of Canterbury

Project Description

Sixty Year 9 students and twelve teachers will be challenged over three intensive days as they learn about and use 3D Printers, 3D Scanners, Virtual/Augmented Reality and Laser Cutting equipment.

Topics
  • Engineering,
  • Technology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Canterbury
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$29,970.00 excl. GST, (2017)

After School Science

Hutt City

Project Description

After school, hands-on science that provides a platform to generate enthusiasm and excitement about science and technology that will pave the way for students’ ongoing engagement and success.

Topics
  • Science
Dates
2017 Starts: March 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$29,980.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa

Landcare Research

Project Description

Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa is citizen science that aims to engage teachers, tamariki (children), and whanau with moths, ecology and how science is conducted and connected to everyday life.

Topics
  • Mātauranga Māori,
  • Ecology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: April 2018
Region
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay (and 11 more…)
More regions
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Waikato, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington, Southland, West Coast, Tasman District, Otago, Nelson City, Marlborough, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$150,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Backyard Biodiversity Stage 2

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Trust

Project Description

Supporting school children and their families to gather new data on pest species’ distributions and collaborate with scientists to develop an interactive data management/visualisation system.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Otago
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$29,420.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Connecting Science with Creativity Using the Power of Story and the Allure of our Natural Environment

Gecko NZ Trust

Project Description

An inspirational mix of science and filmmaking. Scientists and youth together explore the natural environment of Auckland, and the youth turn this experience into short films for a community event.

Topics
  • Creative arts
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: July 2017
Region
Auckland
Organised by
  • Gecko NZ Trust
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Creating nature-rich cities

Karori Sanctuary Trust

Project Description

We are introducing rangatahi to the possibilities of creating nature-rich suburbs through the science of species translocations, based on transfer and release of tīeke/saddleback into ZEALANDIA.

Topics
  • Conservation,
  • Ecology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$14,694.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Developing girls' computational thinking using robotics

University of Canterbury

Project Description

Promoting the participation of girls in science, technology and engineering by developing computational thinking using robotics.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Canterbury
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$23,459.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Dinosaur Footprints – An event of discovery

Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited - Trading as GNS Science

Project Description

Providing opportunities for students to potentially discover dinosaur footprints, disseminate their findings and discover science career pathways.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Tasman District, Nelson City
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Dust Busters: Dust-mite allergy triggers

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Project Description

Introducing students to the microscopic world of house dust and in particular, house dust mites. “Dust Busters” aims to teach students about house dust, what is in it, how to quantify what is in their homes using vacuum cleaners and how to use a standardised sampling protocol.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Auckland
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Everyday Science and Technology Projects Extended

Matapuna Trust

Project Description

Introducing youth to science and technology though participation in fun and engaging educational projects that allow them to see how science and technology relates to, and impacts on, their everyday lives and the wellbeing of the local environment and their wider community.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Gisborne
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Experiential learning about climate change

Massey University

Project Description

Promoting experiential learning opportunities for students to engage with climate change science through experiments by scientists, field visit to experience agricultural emission reduction centre and 'student scientist’ climate change kits.

Topics
  • Atmospheric sciences
Dates
2017 Starts: March 2017
Ends: August 2017
Region
Manawatu/Wanganui
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$27,511.06 excl. GST, (2017)

Extreme Science - Taking Science to the Chathams

Otago Museum Trust Board

Project Description

Extreme Science takes leading edge science to NZ's most remote communities on the Chatham and Pitt Islands. We will captivate schools and the community, and catalyse a passion for science.

Topics
  • Technology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Canterbury, Chatham Island
Organised by
  • Otago Museum Trust Board
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$9,800.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Family Science Workshops

Foxa Consultants

Project Description

These workshops incorporate fun and engaging activities to introduce science topics using simple hands-on activities for students and their parents.

 

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Auckland
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$24,430.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Far From Frozen - Antarctica & Us

Otago Museum Trust Board

Project Description

Building on New Zealand’s strong connection to and passion for Antarctic exploration and conservation to  inspire young New Zealanders, engage their families, and demonstrate the influence of Antarctica on climate and sea-levels.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Auckland, Wellington, Southland, Otago, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$114,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

From Africa to Aotearoa - the Longest Journey

University of Otago

Project Description

Through their own DNA analyses, teachers can demonstrate the value of DNA for studying human migrations. Their students, through video-recording, can celebrate and share their own family journeys to Aotearoa.

Topics
  • Biology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay (and 12 more…)
More regions
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Waikato, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington, Southland, West Coast, Tasman District, Otago, Nelson City, Marlborough, Canterbury, Chatham Island
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$89,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

From discovery to engineering – Explaining the National Park Wetland mystery

Massey University

Project Description

Collaborating with local primary and secondary schools to undertake field research and monitoring at National Park township in order to exemplify, through a case study of high relevance to rural communities, the amazing journey from scientific discovery to engineering.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Manawatu/Wanganui
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$25,953.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Geological hazards through the 'internet of things' and data science

Exigo Limited

Project Description

Engaging young people (aged 4-16) with science and technology through participation in a project focussing on Otago’s geological hazards; getting hands-on experience of the “internet of things” and data science.

Topics
  • Earth sciences
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Bay of Plenty, Otago
Organised by
  • Exigo Limited
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Haeora: The Pollinators and The Pollinisers

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku

Project Description

Haeora - the pollinators and the pollinisers, studies indigenous and introduced bees, engaging science technology and mātauranga Maori to develop frameworks for healthy and sustainable human and environmental life.

Topics
  • Mātauranga Māori
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Auckland
Organised by
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Hands On Hutt Science

Hutt City Council

Project Description

Transforming classrooms into a laboratories so young people can find out what it is like to be a working scientist.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

He Waka He Tangata - Navigating our past and future through Science

Te Toki Voyaging Trust

Project Description

Te Toki Voyaging Trust sails on a Polynesian waka with a team of celestial navigators and marine scientists to promote science to remote coastal communities in the North Island.

Topics
  • Mātauranga Māori,
  • Oceans,
  • Ecology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Waikato
Organised by
  • Te Toki Voyaging Trust
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$150,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Hello Café: Engineering with a Human Touch

Massey University

Project Description

Providing relaxed, funky, inspiring, collaborative spaces facilitated by professional women engineers for girls aged 10 to 13 year to develop engineering solutions for problems faced by communities around the world.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay (and 6 more…)
More regions
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Waikato, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington, Otago, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$132,163.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Īnanga (whitebait) spawning site identification and restoration

Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust

Project Description

This project will expand the new Whitebait Connection National Īnanga (whitebait) Spawning Programme into early childhood centres and kura kaupapa through developing new resources in Te Reo Māori and Te Whariki curriculum.

Topics
  • Freshwater,
  • Ecology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Northland, Auckland, Gisborne, Wellington, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$149,358.07 excl. GST, (2017)

Indigenous Sparks: Equipping 100 Reaching 1000

PTC Trust

Project Description

Working as and with a range of scientists, engineers and Information and Communication technologists across our regions, Year 9-11 rangatahi engage in an exciting hands-on discovery of science and development of novel innovation.

Topics
  • Freshwater,
  • Ecology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Wellington
Organised by
  • PTC Trust
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$100,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Investigate, experiment, explore in science

Hutt City

Project Description

In school, hands-on fun science activities to engage, enthuse and inspire the next generation with science and technology.

Topics
  • Science
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: November 2017
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Kaitiakitanga Bioblitz

Koraunui School

Project Description

What taonga are around us? What are their habitat needs? This project connects students and community through science to answer these questions. The students are discover the range of native species in our local ecosystem, recording and investigating measures to both preserve these species and enhance their habitats.

Topics
  • Ecology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Karioi Education Program

A Rocha Aotearoa NZ

Project Description

Engaging young people in hands-on conservation and environmental science through place based experiential learning based around Mt Karioi (Raglan) with a focus on water, land and sea.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Waikato
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$11,380.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Kimihia te me ngaro – Seek the things being lost: Incorporating traditional ecological knowledge in assessments of toheroa abundance

Massey University

Project Description

Using Mātauranga taupuhi kaiao (traditional ecological knowledge) to design fisheries assessment protocols and enable efficient, independent monitoring of kaimoana resources.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: February 2017
Region
Northland
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$29,778.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Koneki

Fabriko

Project Description

Enabling Māori youth to produce Augmented Reality to create deeper connections with the world around them.

Topics
  • Computing and robotics
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Southland, West Coast, Otago, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$117,060.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Lab-in-a-Box 2: The country taking on science

University of Otago

Project Description

The successful Lab-in-a-box team are visiting more remote communities and new audiences, engaging these communities on the key scientific issues of importance, and getting them involved in a citizen science water quality programme.

Learn more
Lab in a Box
Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Southland, West Coast, Tasman District, Otago, Nelson City (and 2 more…)
More regions
Southland, West Coast, Tasman District, Otago, Nelson City, Marlborough, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$137,821.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Lab-in-a-Box 3: North Island

University of Otago

Project Description

After taking the South Island by storm, the successful Lab-in-a-box team are now visiting the North Island!  They set out to engage schools and communities, seed citizen-science projects and discuss future technologies for environmental management.

Topics
  • Science
Dates
2017 Starts: April 2017
Ends: March 2018
Region
Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu/Wanganui (and 1 more…)
More regions
Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$110,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Lake Taupō Forestry Trust Science and Technology Workshops and Whānau Science Day

Auckland University of Technology

Project Description

These hands-on exploratory workshops introduce young students to science and technology, emphasising connections to their natural environment. A whānau science day helps students share what they have learned.

Topics
  • Engineering
Dates
2017 Starts: March 2017
Ends: November 2017
Region
Waikato
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$27,500.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Maker/Creator outside the classroom

Masterton Library

Project Description

Engaging children in technology based creator projects using design software and employing STEM principles to produce an outcome that demonstrates the impact of science and technology on their lives

Topics
  • Engineering,
  • Creative arts,
  • Technology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$12,400.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Making a good impression: from fossils to false teeth

University of Otago

Project Description

Using children’s interest in animals and fossils to engage pupils from low decile Dunedin primary schools in a hands-on activity (making impressions of animal teeth) to stimulate interest in science and technology and contribute to better oral health.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Otago
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$26,106.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Making the Cultural Connections

Energise Otaki

Project Description

The Making Cultural Connections Project will explore traditional Maori science and technology and use this as a base for exploring the links with four modern science projects on the ground.

Topics
  • Mātauranga Māori
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Mana Aotūroa

Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum

Project Description

Mana Aotūroa reaches out into the community to encourage and inspire young children in bilingual education units across the wider Auckland Region to have a better engagement with and understanding of natural science and technology. 

Topics
  • Mātauranga Māori,
  • Oceans
Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Auckland
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$56,600.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Mānuka Chemistry in the Community

University of Otago

Project Description

Local mānuka will be collected by school students across all NZ and tested for bioactivity in class. The results will put schools "on the map" of national mānuka variation.

Topics
  • Chemistry,
  • Ecology,
  • Biology
Dates
2017 Starts: March 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay (and 12 more…)
More regions
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Waikato, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington, Southland, West Coast, Tasman District, Otago, Nelson City, Marlborough, Canterbury, Chatham Island
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$99,818.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Matakōkiri Wānanga Kits

Te Taumata O Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake Trust

Project Description

Providing quality science activities for schools which connect to the stories, landscapes and history of Ngati Whakaue through the Matakōkiri bilingual science kits.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Bay of Plenty
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Maths Craft

University of Canterbury

Project Description

Craft is a gateway to mathematics. Join us to fold an origami dodecahedron, crochet a hyperbolic plane, or build a fractal sculpture, and experience mathematics in a whole new way.

Topics
  • Maths and Statistics,
  • Creative arts
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Auckland, Otago, Nelson City, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$120,598.42 excl. GST, (2017)

Microbes: Friends, Enemies or Frenemies?

University of Auckland

Project Description

A workshop where Maori and Pasifika students use a scientific approach and their own cultural perspectives to research a current scientific real-world problem: what can be done about antimicrobial resistance?

Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Auckland
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$14,140.50 excl. GST, (2017)

Misson to Mars

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Project Description

Offering a STEM integrated project based learning experience to encourage year 10 and 11 students to continue with mathematics, sciences and physics long-term.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

MothNet: Identifying, Strengthening and Restoring Connections

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Project Description

Engaging the public and raising the appreciation of moths as ecological indicators of the health and connectedness of our natural world.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$150,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

New Zealand National Biomechanics Day

Massey University

Project Description

Celebrating the science of biomechanics with secondary school children across New Zealand, by connecting universities and local schools in an experiential learning day.

Topics
  • Maths and Statistics,
  • Biology,
  • Physics
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington, Otago (and 1 more…)
More regions
Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington, Otago, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$47,973.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Ngā Waihotanga Iho Rural Student Outreach Programme

Unitec Institute of Technology

Project Description

Delivering estuary monitoring instruction to high school students from the rural Kaipara district by linking western science (the toolkit) and traditional knowledge (kaitiakitanga) in an engaging and relevant way.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Northland
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

O tatou tamariki, nga Kaitiaki Taiao. Our children, our environmental guardians

Massey University

Project Description

An ecology project to excite the future generation of conservation leaders. Young New Zealanders will critically think about the foraging ranges of introduced predators by GPS tracking pet cats.

Topics
  • Ecology
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Waikato
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$25,966.00 excl. GST, (2017)

Piloting the Otago Interplanetary Cycle Trail

Otago Central Rail Trial Trust

Project Description

Creating a 100 million to one scale model of our Solar System on the Otago Central Rail Trail which will be transformed into an outdoor classroom where visitors, communities and young people can learn and be inspired by science and technology.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Otago
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$24,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Project Activate - Healthy Living, Heathy Action

NZ International Science Festival

Project Description

Inspiring Pacific children, their families and communities through hands on and interactive science activities that look at what we eat and how we move impacts us and what impact small changes can make to having a healthy lifestyle.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Otago
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$7,773.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Project Hotspot

Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society

Project Description

Project Hotspot aims to capture local knowledge on coastal threatened species in Taranaki and use this information to better protect these species and their habitats.

Topics
  • Oceans,
  • Conservation
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Taranaki
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$29,870.00 excl. GST, (2017)

QuakeCraft: Natural Hazard Resilient Housing

University of Canterbury

Project Description

QuakeCraft: Earthquake Resilient Housing is a fun and innovative project based learning initiative, which encouraged year 10 students to design, build, customise, and test their own pop-up sustainable model house.

Topics
  • Engineering
Dates
2017 Starts: February 2017
Ends: December 2017
Region
Northland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu/Wanganui (and 5 more…)
More regions
Northland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu/Wanganui, Southland, West Coast, Otago, Nelson City, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$81,526.00 excl. GST, (2017)