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Programmable Electronics: Digital Technology Learning through STEAMS Kits

STEAMS Kits engage youth in the rural districts with digital technology by providing them with an opportunity to learn and explore programmable electronics.

Organised by

Ministry of Inspiration

Project details

  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$59,600.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Coding and Robot-making – an interactive course of study made available remotely

Giving opportunities to youth of rural, remote location, and unable to obtain STEAM education, to access coding and robotics programs delivered online, and to interact through specific locally planned events.

Organised by

Nathalie Lacaze T/A Smartbots

Project details

  • Tasman District
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$26,086.96 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Bringing the kūmara story to life with 3D printing

In collaboration with Kai Rotorua, Scion and Rotorua Boys High School, Māori teenagers will engage with science by exploring their own cultural history of kūmara using 3D printing technology.

Organised by

New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd Trading as Scion

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

STEM Kids

STEM Kids is a hands-on STEM discovery programme for year-5 children from low-decile schools that develops skills, confidence and curiosity in coding, engineering and technology to inspire future STEM learning.

Organised by

Methodist Mission Southern

Project details

  • Otago
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$23,332.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

School of Rocks

The School of Rocks will enable Waitaki schools to explore local geology using spatial technology, raise community awareness of local geologic heritage, and become kaitiaki of special geological sites within the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark.

Organised by

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust

Project details

  • Otago
  • Earth sciences
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Exploring Careers in Geographic Information Systems and Unpersoned Aerial Vehicles

This project aims to introduce students to skills and showcase career opportunities in Geographic Information Systems and Unpersoned Aerial Vehicles through field trips and experiential learning during a multi-day camp.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

January 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$29,620.00 excl. GST (2019)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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