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Chathams project wins at 2018 Museum Awards


Curious Minds' first science engagement project in the Chatham Islands has won the ‘Most Innovative Public Programme’ category at the New Zealand Museum Awards.

The Extreme Science - Taking Science to the Chathams project is the brainchild of a collaboration between Otago Museum and the Dodd-Walls Centre, with funding support from Unlocking Curious Minds.

Extreme Science has given over 60 school students on both Chatham Island and Pitt Island hands-on experience in scientifically exploring the world around them. The project also got local adults inspired by running pop-up planetarium sessions and pub talks in the evenings.

In selecting the project as the joint winner (with Taupō Museum's Dogs on Show), the judging panel commented, “What we loved about both were that they connected with communities in genuine, innovative and engaging ways. Both programmes are proactive and foster access, awareness and make real and tangible connections."

The award was accepted by Ian Griffin, Director of Otago Museum, on behalf of the Extreme Science team.

“It was an incredible honour and felt amazing to have our project recognised in this way by our peers!" Ian says. "We found out that the ‘Most Innovative Public Programme’ category actually had the most entries out of all the categories, so that just made it even more humbling!”

The annual ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards recognise the best and most innovative exhibitions, programmes and museum projects in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read a story about the Chatham Islanders' activities with the project team


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