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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

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Geological hazards through the 'internet of things' and data science

Exigo Limited

Engaging young people (aged 4-16) with science and technology through participation in a project focussing on Otago’s geological hazards; getting hands-on experience of the “internet of things” and data science.

Organised by

Exigo Limited

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Otago
  • Earth sciences
  • Computing and robotics
  • Maths and Statistics

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds