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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)
Participatory Science Platform

Science Works 2017

Science Works creates ‘science choosers’ by connecting year 9 and 10 students with innovative businesses to provide inspirational, behind-the-scenes experiences of STEM careers before making important NCEA subject decisions.

Organised by

Methodist Mission Southern

Project details

  • Otago
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

January 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$25,625.00 excl. GST (2017)
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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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