More than forty projects have been successfully awarded a total of $2 million in the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds funding round.
Of the 41 community and youth focused projects funded for 2017, 27 are local to a single region and the remaining 14 are multi-region or national projects.
The projects have been awarded a funding total of $2 million and their themes range from mātauranga Māori to maths through to marine science.
Some of the newly funded activities involve:
Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced the news today (external link) at Zealandia.
"The Unlocking Curious Minds fund particularly focuses on projects that engage young New Zealanders who have fewer opportunities to be involved with science and technology," he said. "It’s about giving young Kiwis more choices."
Talking to his hosts at Zealandia, he added, "I know that this is a labour of love for you all and, as an ordinary citizen who enjoys seeing our birds fly by, I thank you for all your efforts."
The Unlocking Curious Minds fund was first launched in 2015 and has already enabled almost 100 projects to connect communities with science and technology.
This year, successful applicants received up to $30,000 for local projects and up to $150,000 for regional or national projects.
Read the Minister's media release (external link) to see highlights of other funded projects.
Examples of projects supported by the 2016 fund: