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Roboshops – Robotics workshops for kids

University of Waikato

Offering 7-11 year old students in low decile and/or Kura Kaupapa or full or partial immersion primary schools in the Hamilton region the opportunity to attend after school workshops where they learn about robotics and basic coding.

Organised by

University of Waikato

Project details

  • Waikato
  • Computing and robotics
  • Technology

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Smart Gardens - Community Gardens with Smart Student Sensors

Waikato Institute of Technology

Local school students and community members will learn to apply Internet of Things (IoT) sensors measuring a range of factors, including soil moisture, air temperature, relative humidity, UV levels, rainfall, air pressure, wind speed and wind direction.

Organised by

Waikato Institute of Technology

Project details

  • Waikato
  • Computing and robotics
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Kaiwhanake Taupānga Māori game development

This Māori game development project is designed to empower rangatahi in Huntly and Ngaruawahia to design and develop Māori digital learning games, giving them skills in computer science and programming.

Organised by

Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust (OMG Tech)

Project details

  • Waikato
  • Computing and robotics
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Creative arts
  • Technology

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$94,820.00 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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Tohu o te wā – Hangarau pūtaiao

Tohu o te wā fuses science and technology to enable meaningful engagement from tamariki and rangatahi (Māori youth), through the development of a mātauranga pūtaiao mobile application.

Organised by

Landcare Research

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Waikato
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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