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Engaging communities with science and tech

Building on the importance of parents, families/whānau and locals to create opportunities for engagement through community-focused and collaborative opportunities.

Community engagement is central to Curious Minds. We’re supporting those who create opportunities for communities get involved in real research projects, discover more about their local environment and have fun together.

The development of parental / whānau and community involvement acknowledges and builds on the importance of parents and families / whānau and local communities as young learners’ first mentors.

It also provides an opportunity to encourage parents’ engagement with science through community collaborative research opportunities that bring together science professionals with schools and other community organisations on real-world questions.

Initiatives we support:


Scientists and locals collaborating around a table

Participatory Science Platform

The Participatory Science Platform supports collaborative projects that bring together communities and scientists or technologists on research investigating a locally-important question or problem.

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Unlocking Curious Minds

Unlocking Curious Minds supports projects that excite and engage New Zealanders who have fewer opportunities to experience and connect with science and technology.

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