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Science Journeys: From Ship to Showcase

The project will guide a team of young people to develop their own climate-themed science showcase for public display, based on the research carried out on an international science expedition.

Organised by

Otago Museum Trust Board

Project details

  • Otago
  • Earth sciences
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

August 2019 - October 2020

Funding awarded

$28,700.00 excl. GST (2019)
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What’s that? Evaluating coastal ecosystem health using underwater soundscapes

As cities grow, so do impacts associated with noise. Using a novel approach, this project will evaluate Auckland’s coastal ecosystem health through the recording and analysis of underwater soundscapes.

Organised by

The University of Auckland

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Oceans
  • Freshwater
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
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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)
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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)
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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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Kaitiaki whenua: engaging kura kaupapa rangatahi in digital technology

Hoani Waititi rangatahi will utilise digital technologies to automate watering their edible garden and feeding their chickens. The project will strengthen linkages between te ao Māori and the digital world.

Organised by

Unitec Institute of Technology

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2019)
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