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The pool of next-generation STEM thinkers in South Auckland grows

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Eight new collaborative, community-driven, science projects are getting underway in South Auckland as part of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP).

"This year's projects will welcome new communities to the SouthSci whānau, as well as see current ones grow, and open doors to exciting new science fields," says SouthSci project manager, Dr Sarah Morgan.

"The new set of projects show how engaged South Auckland is getting - we have students contributing to solving the housing and homelessness crisis, communities passionate about restoring their land and awa, and groups interested in kai and exercise at school."

The Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, says he is delighted to see these projects get underway.

"This new group of projects has brought new communities, new industries, and new research institutions into the PSP and it is encouraging to see the relationships and networks growing", Sir Peter says.

The eight projects that have been awarded up to $20,000 each are:

  • Unitec with Dawson, Bairds & Rongomai primary schools looking at weta on school grounds, & DNA sequencing of their poo!

  • Rongomai Primary with the Liggins Institute (University of Auckland) analysing and re-designing their morning fitness programme

  • Manurewa High School working with the Liggins Institute (University of Auckland) looking at exercise for reducing diabetes risk

  • Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae and Koru Primary in collaboration with Sustainable Coastlines, analysing the distribution and type of litter, and marine-litter origins

  • Conifer Grove School and Food Scientists investigating healthy food consumption in their school, and artificial food additives

  • Aorere College and Wai Care investigating macroinvertebrate species diversity in soft and hard-bottomed local awa

  • Te Wharekura o Manurewa and Waikato University investigating water quality in the Puhinui awa and its effect on marine organisms

  • Alfriston College investigating the use of waste materials as sustainable building resources      

SouthSci is managed by COMET Auckland.

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