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Projects funded by Curious Minds programmes

Lab-in-a-Box 3: North Island

University of Otago

After taking the South Island by storm, the successful Lab-in-a-box team are now visiting the North Island! They are engaging schools and communities, seeding new citizen science projects and discussing future technologies for environmental management.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Environment

Project duration

April 2017 - March 2018

Funding awarded

$110,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Hello Café: Engineering with a Human Touch

Massey University

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.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Engineering
  • Technology

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$132,163.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Te Moeone - Growing for the Future

This project brings community gardeners together with horticulture science partners to raise community expertise in heirloom vegetable cultivation and make use of the local marae community-based garden.

Organised by

Ngāti Tawhirikura Hapū

Project details

  • Taranaki
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

November 2015 - June 2016

Funding awarded

$18,300.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

Project Ultra: Pekapeka in Purangi

Local rural schoolchildren explore the Long Tailed Bat population in Eastern Taranaki hill country to try and what is affecting the bats' preferred habitats and what impact human activity has on on these habitats.

Organised by

East Taranaki Environment Trust

Project details

  • Taranaki
  • Conservation

Project duration

November 2015 - April 2016

Funding awarded

$17,733.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform