Unlocking Curious Minds supports projects that excite and engage New Zealanders who have fewer opportunities to experience and connect with science and technology.
The Far from Frozen project team are embarking on their furthest journey yet: a 3,500-kilometre trip to Niue and the Cook Islands to help locals explore climate change.
Over the next week, more than five hundred students and locals in Alofi, Niue, will be exploring climate change and how it is affecting their island, as part of a series of school sessions, shows and workshops brought to them by the Far from Frozen team.
Far from Frozen is a travelling showcase for locals to discover Antarctica and the impact of climate change on us and our planet. It includes interactive displays, demonstrations and virtual reality experiences that are all designed to communicate the science behind climate change.
The project is led by Otago Museum, who co-developed it using Unlocking Curious Minds funding. Since 2017 it has toured museums, schools and events all over New Zealand, inspiring over 35,000 people to think differently about climate change.
This year, the team will be presenting in Alofi, Niue from 10–17 August, and Avarua, Rarotonga from 24–28 September, with backing from the United States Embassy and Air New Zealand.
"We believe it’s essential to bring this showcase to those most affected by climate change," says Craig Grant, Director of Science Engagement and Visitor Experience at Otago Museum.
"Sea level rise, ocean acidification and intensifying cyclones are already a reality for these Pacific Island nations, so we hope that Far from Frozen will help demystify the science that is causing these changes.
"These communities can then make more informed decisions and plans for how to lessen the severity of, and adapt to, the effects of climate change."