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Down the Drain

The project team will examine mitigating the effects of storm water from 3 major drains on the water quality of Lake Wanaka using restoration science and further targeted monitoring and education.

Organised by

The Touchstone Project

Project details

  • Otago
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Technology
  • Environment

Project duration

July 2018 - June 2019

Funding awarded

$17,363.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform

Electric Vehicle Battery Health: applying citizen science to check corporate specs

Drivers of 32 Nissan Leafs will be monitoring their electric vehicles using automatic data recording and upload equipment, to test a hypothesis that overheating causes accelerated degradation of battery energy holding capacity and range.

Organised by

Flip the Fleet

Project details

  • Otago
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Technology
  • Environment

Project duration

June 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

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

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Far From Frozen: Antarctica & Us

Otago Museum Trust Board

Building on New Zealand’s strong connection to and passion for Antarctic exploration and conservation to inspire young New Zealanders, engage their families, and demonstrate the influence of Antarctica on climate and sea-levels.

Organised by

Otago Museum

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Earth sciences
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$114,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Lab-in-a-Box 2: The country taking on science

University of Otago

The successful Lab-in-a-box team are visiting more remote communities and new audiences, engaging these communities on the key scientific issues of importance, and getting them involved in a citizen science water quality programme.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Freshwater
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$137,821.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds