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Science Journeys: From Ship to Showcase

The project will guide a team of young people to develop their own climate-themed science showcase for public display, based on the research carried out on an international science expedition.

Organised by

Otago Museum Trust Board

Project details

  • Otago
  • Earth sciences
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

August 2019 - October 2020

Funding awarded

$28,700.00 excl. GST (2019)
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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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

STEM Kids

STEM Kids is a hands-on STEM discovery programme for year-5 children from low-decile schools that develops skills, confidence and curiosity in coding, engineering and technology to inspire future STEM learning.

Organised by

Methodist Mission Southern

Project details

  • Otago
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$23,332.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Science Show-offs: Empowering youth to on-teach science concepts to families and friends

"Science Show-offs" aims to empower young people with key scientific principles so they can share their knowledge with family and friends. The project will use everyday objects to carry out hands-on science demonstrations and explorations at school playgr

Organised by

Otago Museum Trust Board

Project details

  • Otago
  • Creative arts
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$16,500.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

School of Rocks

The School of Rocks will enable Waitaki schools to explore local geology using spatial technology, raise community awareness of local geologic heritage, and become kaitiaki of special geological sites within the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark.

Organised by

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust

Project details

  • Otago
  • Earth sciences
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 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)
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Ka Hao te Rakatahi

Kāi Tahu rakatahi (young people) will learn how to monitor tuna (eel) numbers so that they can act as Kaitiaki (guardians) of the mahinga kai (food harvesting) resources of Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau.

Project details

  • Otago
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology

Project duration

July 2018 - June 2019

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform