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Experiential learning about climate change

Massey University

Promoting experiential learning opportunities for students to engage with climate change science through experiments by scientists, field visit to experience agricultural emission reduction centre and 'student scientist’ climate change kits.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

March 2017 - August 2017

Funding awarded

$27,511.06 excl. GST (2017)
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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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Haeora: The Pollinators and The Pollinisers

This studies indigenous and introduced bees, along with engaging science, technology and mātauranga Maori to develop frameworks for healthy and sustainable human and environmental life.

Organised by

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Science & Technology Camp 2017

Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of NZ

Hands-on workshops focused around geology, bridge engineering and horticulture for Year 7 & 8 students, where they will learn about the application of STEM in their community and NZ.

Organised by

Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Project details

  • Hawkes Bay
  • Earth sciences
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

February 2017 - July 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Whitebait Connection: Te Reo Māori

This project will expand the new Whitebait Connection National Īnanga (whitebait) Spawning Programme into early childhood centres and kura kaupapa through developing new resources in Te Reo Māori and Te Whariki curriculum.

Organised by

Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Wellington
  • Canterbury
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment
  • Oceans

Project duration

February 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$149,358.07 excl. GST (2017)
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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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Whitebait Connection

Schools and community groups work with scientists to plan and implement ground-breaking new research into locating and restoring īnanga (whitebait) spawning areas in five regions throughout New Zealand.

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Wellington
  • Canterbury
  • Oceans
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment
  • Conservation

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$148,400.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Project Activate - Healthy Living, Heathy Action

NZ International Science Festival

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.

Organised by

NZ International Science Festival

Project details

  • Otago
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Health
  • Biology

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$7,773.00 excl. GST (2016)
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