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This page provides information about projects funded through the Participatory Science Platform and Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund. 

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Backyard Biodiversity Stage 2

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Trust

Project Description

Supporting school children and their families to gather new data on pest species’ distributions and collaborate with scientists to develop an interactive data management/visualisation system.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Otago
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$29,420.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Developing girls' computational thinking using robotics

University of Canterbury

Project Description

Promoting the participation of girls in science, technology and engineering by developing computational thinking using robotics.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$23,459.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Dinosaur Footprints – An event of discovery

Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited - Trading as GNS Science

Project Description

Providing opportunities for students to potentially discover dinosaur footprints, disseminate their findings and discover science career pathways.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Tasman District, Nelson City
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Dust Busters: Dust-mite allergy triggers

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Project Description

Introducing students to the microscopic world of house dust and in particular, house dust mites. “Dust Busters” aims to teach students about house dust, what is in it, how to quantify what is in their homes using vacuum cleaners and how to use a standardised sampling protocol.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Auckland
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Everyday Science and Technology Projects Extended

Matapuna Trust

Project Description

Introducing youth to science and technology though participation in fun and engaging educational projects that allow them to see how science and technology relates to, and impacts on, their everyday lives and the wellbeing of the local environment and their wider community.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Gisborne
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Family Science Workshops

Foxa Consultants

Project Description

These workshops incorporate fun and engaging activities to introduce science topics using simple hands-on activities for students and their parents.

 

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Auckland
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$24,430.00 excl. GST, (2016)

FAR FROM FROZEN - Antarctica & Us

Otago Museum Trust Board

Project Description

Building on New Zealand’s strong connection to and passion for Antarctic exploration and conservation to  inspire young New Zealanders, engage their families, and demonstrate the influence of Antarctica on climate and sea-levels.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Auckland, Wellington, Southland, Otago, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$114,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

From discovery to engineering – Explaining the National Park Wetland mystery

Massey University

Project Description

Collaborating with local primary and secondary schools to undertake field research and monitoring at National Park township in order to exemplify, through a case study of high relevance to rural communities, the amazing journey from scientific discovery to engineering.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Manawatu/Wanganui
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$25,953.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Hands On Hutt Science

Hutt City Council

Project Description

Transforming classrooms into a laboratories so young people can find out what it is like to be a working scientist.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Hello Café: Engineering with a Human Touch

Massey University

Project Description

Providing relaxed, funky, inspiring, collaborative spaces facilitated by professional women engineers for girls aged 10 to 13 year to develop engineering solutions for problems faced by communities around the world.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay (and 6 more…)
More regions
Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Waikato, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington, Otago, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$132,163.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Karioi Education Program

A Rocha Aotearoa NZ

Project Description

Engaging young people in hands-on conservation and environmental science through place based experiential learning based around Mt Karioi (Raglan) with a focus on water, land and sea.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Waikato
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$11,380.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Kimihia te me ngaro – Seek the things being lost: Incorporating traditional ecological knowledge in assessments of toheroa abundance

Massey University

Project Description

Using Mātauranga taupuhi kaiao (traditional ecological knowledge) to design fisheries assessment protocols and enable efficient, independent monitoring of kaimoana resources.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: February 2017
Region
Northland
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$29,778.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Lab-in-a-Box 2: The country taking on science

University of Otago

Project Description

The successful Lab-in-a-box team are visiting more remote communities and new audiences, engaging these communities on the key scientific issues of importance, and getting them involved in a citizen science water quality programme.

Learn more
Lab in a Box
Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Southland, West Coast, Tasman District, Otago, Nelson City (and 2 more…)
More regions
Southland, West Coast, Tasman District, Otago, Nelson City, Marlborough, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$137,821.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Making a good impression: from fossils to false teeth

University of Otago

Project Description

Using children’s interest in animals and fossils to engage pupils from low decile Dunedin primary schools in a hands-on activity (making impressions of animal teeth) to stimulate interest in science and technology and contribute to better oral health.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Otago
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$26,106.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Mana Aotūroa

Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum

Project Description

Mana Aotūroa reaches out into the community to encourage and inspire young children in bilingual education units across the wider Auckland Region to have a better engagement with and understanding of natural science and technology. 

Topics
  • Matauranga Māori,
  • Fauna,
  • Oceans
Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Auckland
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$56,600.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Matakōkiri Wānanga Kits

Te Taumata O Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake Trust

Project Description

Providing quality science activities for schools which connect to the stories, landscapes and history of Ngati Whakaue through the Matakōkiri bilingual science kits.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Bay of Plenty
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Misson to Mars

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Project Description

Offering a STEM integrated project based learning experience to encourage year 10 and 11 students to continue with mathematics, sciences and physics long-term.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

MothNet: Identifying, Strengthening and Restoring Connections

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Project Description

Engaging the public and raising the appreciation of moths as ecological indicators of the health and connectedness of our natural world.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$150,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Ngā Waihotanga Iho Rural Student Outreach Programme

Unitec Institute of Technology

Project Description

Delivering estuary monitoring instruction to high school students from the rural Kaipara district by linking western science (the toolkit) and traditional knowledge (kaitiakitanga) in an engaging and relevant way.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Northland
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Piloting the Otago Interplanetary Cycle Trail

Otago Central Rail Trial Trust

Project Description

Creating a 100 million to one scale model of our Solar System on the Otago Central Rail Trail which will be transformed into an outdoor classroom where visitors, communities and young people can learn and be inspired by science and technology.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Otago
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$24,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Project Activate - Healthy Living, Heathy Action

NZ International Science Festival

Project Description

Inspiring Pacific children, their families and communities through hands on and interactive science activities that look at what we eat and how we move impacts us and what impact small changes can make to having a healthy lifestyle.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Otago
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$7,773.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Reconnect Māori students in te reo to indigenous scientific knowledge and uses of fungi

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Project Description

Connecting Maori students to indigenous knowledge about fungi, including traditional uses for rongo and food.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Northland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$85,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Resilient and Sustainable Pop-Up Housing

University of Canterbury

Project Description

Working with Year 10 students from Christchurch and the surrounding areas to design resilient and sustainable pop-up model houses using TinkerCAD and a laser cutter.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Canterbury
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$20,573.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Roboshops – Robotics workshops for kids

University of Waikato

Project Description

Offering 7-11 year old students in low decile and/or Kura Kaupapa or full or partial immersion primary schools in the Hamilton region the opportunity to attend after school workshops where they learn about robotics and basic coding.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Waikato
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Robots In Schools

Technology in Schools Education Trust

Project Description

In-school and out-of-class programmes involving contextual learning techniques using Robots, which primary school-age children design, build and program to perform a range of STEM related objectives.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Hawkes Bay
Organised by
  • Technology in Schools Education Trust
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Sci-tech Fest

Catalyst Charitable Trust

Project Description

Engaging Queenstown students in science and technology by supporting them to investigate a topic of their choice, focussed around “Future Queenstown”, culminating in a week long sci-tech festival in September 2016.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Otago
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$8,495.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Science Works - Inspiring STEM Career Experiences

Methodist Mission Southern

Project Description

Connecting year 9 and 10 students from Dunedin with innovative businesses in the science and technology sector to provide inspirational, behind-the-scenes experiences of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based careers before their important year 11 NCEA subject decisions.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Otago
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$26,030.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Sensors in schools: introducing students to air quality and sensor science

Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited - Trading as GNS Science

Project Description

Measuring air quality inside schools throughout the Hutt Valley and encouraging increased engagement of primary and intermediate-age children with atmospheric science and sensor technologies.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$29,500.00 excl. GST, (2016)

SMART Dome Project

Society for Maori Astronomy Research and Traditions

Project Description

Engaging and exciting Maori youth (18 years and younger) through an outreach programme that introduces astronomical concepts, space travel, and physics to provide an exciting platform to engage our rangitahi.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Northland, Hawkes Bay, Waikato, Wellington, Southland (and 1 more…)
More regions
Northland, Hawkes Bay, Waikato, Wellington, Southland, Canterbury
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$150,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Smart Gardens - Community Gardens with Smart Student Sensors

Waikato Institute of Technology

Project Description

Creating an Internet of Things (IoT) Community Garden so local school students and community members will learn to apply IoT sensors measuring a range of factors, including soil moisture, air temperature, relative humidity, UV levels, rainfall, air pressure, wind speed and wind direction.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Waikato
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Spaceward Bound New Zealand for Youth

The University of Auckland

Project Description

Providing an astrobiology field trip for secondary school students to highlights New Zealand’s geologic features and associated flora and fauna, and explore questions related to life’s origins and existence in extreme environments.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Waikato, Manawatu/Wanganui
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

STEMpreneurial Bugs for South Auckland Youth

Auckland University of Technology

Project Description

Creating a broader understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by South Auckland youth and link STEM to entrepreneurship using the excellent facilities and resources of the AUT’s South Campus.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Auckland
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$25,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Te Hiku Noho Taiao Matariki

Tirairaka Limited

Project Description

Highlighting perspectives of the taiao and science to encourage rangatahi interest and involvement in science and technology at school to stimulate thinking about their contribution as leaders/kaitiaki and to promote science career paths.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Northland
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$20,775.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Te Oranga o te Awa - Phase Two

Kokiri Marae Keriana Olsen Trust

Project Description

Developing practical and sustainable solutions to achieving long-term sustainable management of the awa so as to improve social, health, cultural and economic outcomes for the Wainuiomata Community. 

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$26,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Temp-air Phase One; O-Tū-Kapua - an art-bridge to student centered science

Unitec Institute of Technology

Project Description

Employing visual arts and music to help young people to engage with climate change science.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: March 2017
Region
Auckland
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

The Mind Lab Tairāwhiti Tech Futures

The Mind Lab Limited

Project Description

Inspiring the young thinkers, makers and doers of the future to begin on a path of innovation and creativity through science and technology. 

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Gisborne
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$26,087.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Tūhonohono – connecting people and place with pūtaiao

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Project Description

Engaging Maori youth in environmental issues in their rohe and inspires and enables them to exercise kaitiakitanga. Under a Te Ao Maori framework it reinforces connection with people, and people to place and supports a greater understanding of how ‘western science’ contributes to achieving environmental outcomes and long term sustainability of the land and natural resources.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Waikato
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Understanding atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in our environment

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd

Project Description

Enabling students to understand the impact of their daily activities and direct environment on atmospheric carbon dioxide levels through self-designed, supervised experimentation. Students will plan and conduct measurements of carbon dioxide at selected locations in urban Wellington, analyse their data and interpret them by upscaling to national and global levels.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Vet X: The Māori and Pasifika Vet Science & Technology Experience!

Massey University

Project Description

Providing students hands-on experiences in the application of science and technology in a university veterinary setting, so that students can see first-hand the connection between animal sciences, technologies and careers.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: February 2017
Region
Manawatu/Wanganui
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$30,000.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Wellington Zoo Bush Builders – Igniting passion for the scientific investigation and exploration of our living world

Wellington Zoo Trust

Project Description

Connecting children, their parents and their communities with animals and nature in order to develop environmental literacy and scientific understanding of our living world.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Wellington
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$22,500.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Whitebait Connection National Inanga Spawning Site Identification and Restoration project

Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust

Project Description

Taking a 'no holds barred' approach to connecting community with science, this project involves scientists working with schools and community groups to plan and implement ground-breaking new research into locating and restoring Inanga (whitebait) spawning areas in five regions throughout New Zealand.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Northland, Auckland, Gisborne, Wellington, Canterbury
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$148,400.00 excl. GST, (2016)

Winning the War against Weeds

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Project Description

Working with Enviro-schools and whanau to discover which weeds occur in four under-collected areas: Auckland, the ‘Weed capital of the world’, Gisborne, Wellington’s Kapiti Coast and South Island’s West Coast.  School children will learn how to find and identify weeds and biocontrol agents using guidebooks and an online weeds key, and how to upload their observations through NatureWatch NZ.

Dates
2016 Starts: May 2016
Ends: December 2016
Region
Auckland, Gisborne, Wellington, West Coast
Organised by
Programme funding
Unlocking Curious Minds
$92,800.00 excl. GST, (2016)