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Community spotlight shines on Southland project

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A Southland school group has received recognition at two separate award ceremonies for their unique scientific research project run in collaboration with locals.

Gore High School students and teachers were awarded the Mainland Minerals Environmental Award runner-up prize at the Gore Community Awards on Friday for their project Science Around Us

The project team was also nominated to receive the Environment in Education award at the Southland Community Environment Awards held in Invercargill last week.

“The students were really excited to be runners up," says teacher and project lead Amy Christie, who is also an alumnus of the Science Teaching Leadership Programme - an initiative that boosts it's participants' confidence in teaching science.

"The school is proud to have achieved their goal of taking students out into their own community to experience science happening in their own area.”

In Science Around Us, students explore their local world in a scientific way, and then apply what they have learnt in order to help Hokonui Rūnanga Ngāi Tahu Hokonui Rūnanga care for their wetlands and kōura (crayfish) farm.

“It can make such a difference when local communities work together on problems,” Amy says.

The project will finish in December, but Amy hopes the connections will remain strong and that there will be more collaborations in the future.

Read about what Science Around Us involves

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