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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

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)
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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)
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National Biomechanics Day 2018

Expanded and extended for a second year, NZ National Biomechanics Day is celebrating the science of biomechanics with even more secondary students across New Zealand through an experiential learning day.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physics

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$89,234.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Creepy crawlies meet primary education

Students from 20 schools across the Bay of Plenty are engaging in science and technology through practical hands-on learning about pest management and biosecurity in the primary industries.

Organised by

New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd Trading as Scion

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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RoboPā 2018

RoboPā 2018 is a portable maker-space encouraging Māori rangatahi and emerging kaiako to embrace computational thinking practices, scientific approaches and technological innovation.

Organised by

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Technology
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Science

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$102,610.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Lab-in-a-Box 3: North Island

University of Otago

After taking the South Island by storm, the successful Lab-in-a-box team are now visiting the North Island! They are engaging schools and communities, seeding new citizen science projects and discussing future technologies for environmental management.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Environment

Project duration

April 2017 - March 2018

Funding awarded

$110,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Mānuka Chemistry in the Community

University of Otago

Students across all New Zealand are extracting chemicals from their local mānuka trees, which work as natural weedkillers and antibacterials, and then looking at how these chemicals vary between mānuka trees growing in different parts of New Zealand.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham Islands
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Health

Project duration

March 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$99,818.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa

Landcare Research

Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa is citizen science that aims to engage teachers, tamariki (children), and whanau with moths, ecology and how science is conducted and connected to everyday life.

Organised by

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Biology

Project duration

February 2017 - April 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
Unlocking Curious Minds