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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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Extreme Science II:Engagement in Aotearoa's Most Remote Communities

Extreme Science II builds on the success of the Chatham Islands science engagement expedition, to return and extend science outreach to Stewart Island, Bay of Islands and Aotearoa's remotest rural schools and communities.

Organised by

Otago Museum Trust Board

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Canterbury
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
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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)
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Aquavan Action... Connecting Catchment Communities with Coastal Health

The Aquavan will travel from sea to source, engaging new audiences and building community skill in environmental monitoring and knowledge mapping, expanding the 2018 project, ‘Aquavan... Discovering our Coastal Connections’.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Oceans
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$91,663.00 excl. GST (2019)
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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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Nanogirl's Lab - a Nationwide afterschool STEAM club

This collaborative and hands-on 8-week programme builds confidence in STEAM for Year 3-4 students. With diversity and accessibility at its heart, Nanogirl’s Lab is delivered in communities nationwide.

Organised by

Nanogirl Labs Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

January 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
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