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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

Making a good impression: from fossils to false teeth

University of Otago

Using children’s interest in animals and fossils to engage pupils from low decile Dunedin primary schools in a hands-on activity (making impressions of animal teeth) to stimulate interest in science and technology and contribute to better oral health.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Otago
  • Creative arts
  • Biology
  • Health

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$26,106.00 excl. GST (2016)
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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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Smart Gardens - Community Gardens with Smart Student Sensors

Waikato Institute of Technology

Local school students and community members will learn to apply Internet of Things (IoT) sensors measuring a range of factors, including soil moisture, air temperature, relative humidity, UV levels, rainfall, air pressure, wind speed and wind direction.

Organised by

Waikato Institute of Technology

Project details

  • Waikato
  • Computing and robotics
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Spaceward Bound New Zealand for Youth

The University of Auckland

Providing an astrobiology field trip for secondary school students to highlights New Zealand’s geologic features and associated flora and fauna, and explore questions related to life’s origins and existence in extreme environments.

Organised by

The University of Auckland

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Earth sciences
  • Space
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Winning the War against Weeds

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Working with Enviro-schools and whanau to discover which weeds occur in four under-collected areas: Auckland, the ‘Weed capital of the world’, Gisborne, Wellington’s Kapiti Coast and South Island’s West Coast.

Organised by

Landcare Research

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Wellington
  • West Coast
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$92,800.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Project Activate - Healthy Living, Heathy Action

NZ International Science Festival

Inspiring Pacific children, their families and communities through hands on and interactive science activities that look at what we eat and how we move impacts us and what impact small changes can make to having a healthy lifestyle.

Organised by

NZ International Science Festival

Project details

  • Otago
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Health
  • Biology

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$7,773.00 excl. GST (2016)
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