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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

Programmable Electronics: Digital Technology Learning through STEAMS Kits

STEAMS Kits engage youth in the rural districts with digital technology by providing them with an opportunity to learn and explore programmable electronics.

Organised by

Ministry of Inspiration

Project details

  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$59,600.00 excl. GST (2019)
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Coding and Robot-making – an interactive course of study made available remotely

Giving opportunities to youth of rural, remote location, and unable to obtain STEAM education, to access coding and robotics programs delivered online, and to interact through specific locally planned events.

Organised by

Nathalie Lacaze T/A Smartbots

Project details

  • Tasman District
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

February 2019 - December 2019

Funding awarded

$26,086.96 excl. GST (2019)
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Tūhono i te Ao

Inspiring Māori and Pacific students to pursue STEM subjects through creating activities that put Mātauranga Māori and Pacific culture at the centre of their learning experience.

Organised by

Te Rōpu Āwhina, Victoria University of Wellington

Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART)

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • Nelson City
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Architecture

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$118,642.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Mānuka Chemistry in the Community

University of Otago

Students across all New Zealand are extracting chemicals from their local mānuka trees, which work as natural weedkillers and antibacterials, and then looking at how these chemicals vary between mānuka trees growing in different parts of New Zealand.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham Islands
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Health

Project duration

March 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$99,818.00 excl. GST (2017)
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QuakeCraft: Natural Hazard Resilient Housing

University of Canterbury

QuakeCraft: Earthquake Resilient Housing is a fun and innovative project based learning initiative, which encouraged year 10 students to design, build, customise, and test their own pop-up sustainable model house.

Organised by

University of Canterbury

Project details

  • Northland
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Canterbury
  • Engineering
  • Creative arts

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$81,526.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa

Landcare Research

Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa is citizen science that aims to engage teachers, tamariki (children), and whanau with moths, ecology and how science is conducted and connected to everyday life.

Organised by

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Biology

Project duration

February 2017 - April 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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From Africa to Aotearoa - the Longest Journey

University of Otago

Through their own DNA analyses, teachers can demonstrate the value of DNA for studying human migrations. Their students, through video-recording, can celebrate and share their own family journeys to Aotearoa.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham Islands
  • Genetics

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$89,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Dinosaur Footprints – An event of discovery

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

Opportunities for students to potentially discover dinosaur footprints, share their findings and discover science career pathways.

Organised by

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

Project details

  • Tasman District
  • Nelson City
  • Earth sciences
  • Science

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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