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A further 33 projects funded for 2018


Thirty-three exciting new projects have been awarded just over $2 million in the 2018 Unlocking Curious Minds funding round.

Unlocking Curious Minds is a contestible funding initiative that supports innovative science projects that engage New Zealanders, particularly young people, with science and technology in their everyday lives.

Some of the newly funded projects in this round include:

  • Kaiwhanake Taupānga Māori - Māori Youth Game Development programme (Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust). A year-long program for rangatahi in Huntly and Ngaruawahia to design and develop Māori digital learning games, building skills in computer science and programming

  • A Breath of Fresh Air: Engaging Students with Air Quality Science (Massey University). Students in Northland and South Auckland will learn about the air they breathe inside their classrooms and homes, and ways to improve air quality.

  • Magma drillers save planet Earth (University of Canterbury). This project will inspire school students to study science and engineering by drilling into a volcano using a 3D interactive holographic game.

  • Experiencing Marine Reserves: Te Kura Moana. Mātauranga Māori informing Kaitiakitanga of the future (Mountains to Sea Wellington Trust).  Creating marine learning environments through Māori knowledge to inform kaitiakitanga (stewardship) of our oceans.

The projects will be led by a variety of organisations, including schools, tertiary education institutes, iwi/hapū, Crown Research Institutes, museums and many others.  This community-led model and mix of projects is designed to increase engagement in science within communities across New Zealand.

The Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund is an initiative under A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hiriri I Te Mahara – a National Strategic Plan for Science in Society, and is jointly run by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Education, and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.

Read the full list of successful applicants [PDF, 234 KB]

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