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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

Programmable Electronics: Digital Technology Learning through STEAMS Kits

STEAMS Kits engage youth in the rural districts with digital technology by providing them with an opportunity to learn and explore programmable electronics.

Organised by

Ministry of Inspiration

Project details

  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$59,600.00 excl. GST (2019)
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Aquavan Action... Connecting Catchment Communities with Coastal Health

The Aquavan will travel from sea to source, engaging new audiences and building community skill in environmental monitoring and knowledge mapping, expanding the 2018 project, ‘Aquavan... Discovering our Coastal Connections’.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Oceans
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$91,663.00 excl. GST (2019)
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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)
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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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Investigation: Īnanga

Christchurch schools and Early Learning Centres investigate īnanga spawning habitats and how to help increase their numbers.

Organised by

Avon-Otakaro Network Incorporated

Project details

  • Canterbury
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - September 2018

Funding awarded

$22,370.00 excl. GST (2018)
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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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SMART Dome Project

Society for Maori Astronomy Research and Traditions

Engaging and exciting Maori youth (18 years and younger) through an outreach programme that introduces astronomical concepts, space travel, and physics to provide an exciting platform to engage our rangitahi.

Project details

  • Northland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • Canterbury
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Engineering
  • Space
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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