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Unlocking scientific curiosity with the Ngā Mātāpuna o Ngā Pākihi Learning Community Cluster

Project details

Project duration

January 2016 - June 2016

Organised by

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited

Main Contact

Trish Fraser
Trish.Fraser@plantandfood.co.nz

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds

This project, run by scientists at Plant and Food, aimed to help children realise that science surrounds them, demonstrate to them just how important science is in their daily lives, increase their interest in science for later in life, and help increase their competency for engaging in scientific issues that challenge our society.

Over 300 schoolchildren visited the Plant and Food Research laboratories at Lincoln to see first-hand the science and technology behind potato production. Potatoes are one of the most relatable foods for children, so they were used to demonstrate the types of science conducted at Plant & Food Research to create high quality food crops.

The children were taken on a tour around four different science stations where they learned about sustainable production of potatoes, plant breeding and biotechnology, food and nutrition, and protection against plant pests and diseases.

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Project details

Project duration

January 2016 - June 2016

Organised by

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited

Main Contact

Trish Fraser
Trish.Fraser@plantandfood.co.nz

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
Unlocking Curious Minds