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Piloting the Otago Interplanetary Cycle Trail

Otago Central Rail Trial Trust

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.

Organised by

Otago Central Rail Trail Trust

Project details

  • Otago
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Space

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$24,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Sci-tech Fest

Catalyst Charitable Trust

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.

Project details

  • Otago
  • Technology
  • Science

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$8,495.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Sensors in schools

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.

Organised by

GNS Science

Project details

  • Wellington
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Health
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$29,500.00 excl. GST (2016)
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SMART Dome Project

Society for Maori Astronomy Research and Traditions

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.

Project details

  • Northland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • Canterbury
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Engineering
  • Space
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Smart Gardens - Community Gardens with Smart Student Sensors

Waikato Institute of Technology

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

Organised by

Waikato Institute of Technology

Project details

  • Waikato
  • Computing and robotics
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Spaceward Bound New Zealand for Youth

The University of Auckland

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.

Organised by

The University of Auckland

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Earth sciences
  • Space
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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