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Science Around Us: from creeks to crayfish

Year 9 & 10 students at Gore High School are exploring the science of wetlands, water monitoring, and wai kōura (freshwater crayfish) through a collaboration with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and their kōura farming project.

Organised by

Gore High School

Project details

  • Southland
  • Otago
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$6,300.00 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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Aquavan - discovering our coastal connections

Travelling along southern NZ waterways, the Aquavan will immerse young minds in marine science, awaken curiosity with encounters with marine critters and investigate how actions upstream affect the coastal environment.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Southland
  • Otago
  • Oceans
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$66,330.00 excl. GST (2018)
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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

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)
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Making a good impression: from fossils to false teeth

University of Otago

Using children’s interest in animals and fossils to engage pupils from low decile Dunedin primary schools in a hands-on activity (making impressions of animal teeth) to stimulate interest in science and technology and contribute to better oral health.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Otago
  • Creative arts
  • Biology
  • Health

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$26,106.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Project Activate - Healthy Living, Heathy Action

NZ International Science Festival

Inspiring Pacific children, their families and communities through hands on and interactive science activities that look at what we eat and how we move impacts us and what impact small changes can make to having a healthy lifestyle.

Organised by

NZ International Science Festival

Project details

  • Otago
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Health
  • Biology

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$7,773.00 excl. GST (2016)
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