The development of parental / whānau and community involvement acknowledges and builds on the importance of parents and families / whānau and local communities as young learners’ first mentors. It also provides an opportunity to encourage parents’ engagement with science through community collaborative research opportunities that bring together science professionals with schools and other community organisations on real-world questions.
Initiatives for the community in A Nation of Curious Minds:
- Māori Futuremakers Website
- Girls and women in science and ICT
- Nielsen Survey
- Equitable access to LEOTC
- Participatory Science Platform
- Unlocking Curious Minds
How does the plan fit in with what’s already going on in the community?
We recognise there are many initiatives currently underway that further the objective of A Nation of Curious Minds - He Whenua Hihiri I te Mahara to encourage and enable better engagement with science and technology across all sectors of New Zealand.
The plan builds on some of these activities.
The plan is intended to initiate a discussion about how stakeholders – including research organisations, schools, non-government organisations, families / whanau, communities and businesses—can collaborate and leverage existing activities to enhance engagement with science and technology.