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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

What’s that? Evaluating coastal ecosystem health using underwater soundscapes

As cities grow, so do impacts associated with noise. Using a novel approach, this project will evaluate Auckland’s coastal ecosystem health through the recording and analysis of underwater soundscapes.

Organised by

The University of Auckland

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Oceans
  • Freshwater
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Kaitiaki whenua: engaging kura kaupapa rangatahi in digital technology

Hoani Waititi rangatahi will utilise digital technologies to automate watering their edible garden and feeding their chickens. The project will strengthen linkages between te ao Māori and the digital world.

Organised by

Unitec Institute of Technology

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Extreme Science II:Engagement in Aotearoa's Most Remote Communities

Extreme Science II builds on the success of the Chatham Islands science engagement expedition, to return and extend science outreach to Stewart Island, Bay of Islands and Aotearoa's remotest rural schools and communities.

Organised by

Otago Museum Trust Board

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Canterbury
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Exploring Careers in Geographic Information Systems and Unpersoned Aerial Vehicles

This project aims to introduce students to skills and showcase career opportunities in Geographic Information Systems and Unpersoned Aerial Vehicles through field trips and experiential learning during a multi-day camp.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

January 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$29,620.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Nanogirl's Lab - a Nationwide afterschool STEAM club

This collaborative and hands-on 8-week programme builds confidence in STEAM for Year 3-4 students. With diversity and accessibility at its heart, Nanogirl’s Lab is delivered in communities nationwide.

Organised by

Nanogirl Labs Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

January 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

The Air Science Circus page

A touring ‘circus’ of air-themed experiments and experiences will prompt schoolchildren to create collaborative data, art, and stories which will be virtually curated and shared to support peer-to-peer learning.

Organised by

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Science
  • Physics

Project duration

January 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Understanding rusts – fungal invaders of Aotearoa

Students will learn how scientists work with biosecurity threats in Aotearoa, comparing myrtle rust with other rust fungi, discovering fungal life cycles and concepts about research into unwanted plant diseases.

Organised by

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

January 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Can biofuel drive a go-kart?

Can students create an effective bioreactor system to grow algae and use it as an alternative fuel source? This project aims to investigate possible solutions to some major environmental issues.

Organised by

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd

Z Energy

EVolocity

BANZ

The University of Auckland

NXT Fuels

Manukau Beautification Trust

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Engineering
  • Conservation
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

March 2018 - November 2018

Funding awarded

$16,850.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform