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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

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

Virtual Food Technology

Generating awareness and excitement for food processing technologies using augmented reality (AR) to allow students to construct a working virtual food production facility.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Computing and robotics
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

February 2018 - November 2018

Funding awarded

$25,800.00 excl. GST (2018)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Kaiwhanake Taupānga Māori game development

This Māori game development project is designed to empower rangatahi in Huntly and Ngaruawahia to design and develop Māori digital learning games, giving them skills in computer science and programming.

Organised by

Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust (OMG Tech)

Project details

  • Waikato
  • Computing and robotics
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Creative arts
  • Technology

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$94,820.00 excl. GST (2018)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

RoboPā 2018

RoboPā 2018 is a portable maker-space encouraging Māori rangatahi and emerging kaiako to embrace computational thinking practices, scientific approaches and technological innovation.

Organised by

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Technology
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Science

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$102,610.00 excl. GST (2018)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Tohu o te wā – Hangarau pūtaiao

Tohu o te wā fuses science and technology to enable meaningful engagement from tamariki and rangatahi (Māori youth), through the development of a mātauranga pūtaiao mobile application.

Organised by

Landcare Research

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Waikato
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
Unlocking Curious Minds