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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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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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Sci-tech Fest

Catalyst Charitable Trust

Engaging Queenstown students in science and technology by supporting them to investigate a topic of their choice, focussed around “Future Queenstown”, culminating in a week long sci-tech festival in September 2016.

Project details

  • Otago
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$8,495.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Sediment and Seashores, what are the consequences?

Schools, local groups and scientists are monitoring sites, collecting data and photographing marine communities in the Otago Harbour area. Over time this will show any changes to the species and habitats after dredging.

Organised by

University of Otago - Department of Marine Science

Project details

  • Otago
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

November 2015 - September 2016

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

Piloting the Otago Interplanetary Cycle Trail

Otago Central Rail Trial Trust

Creating a 100 million to one scale model of our Solar System on the Otago Central Rail Trail which will be transformed into an outdoor classroom where visitors, communities and young people can learn and be inspired by science and technology.

Organised by

Otago Central Rail Trail Trust

Project details

  • Otago
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Space

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$24,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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