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Science Around Us: from creeks to crayfish

Year 9 & 10 students at Gore High School are exploring the science of wetlands, water monitoring, and wai kōura (freshwater crayfish) through a collaboration with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and their kōura farming project.

Organised by

Gore High School

Project details

  • Southland
  • Otago
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$6,300.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Investigation: Īnanga

Christchurch schools and Early Learning Centres investigate īnanga spawning habitats and how to help increase their numbers.

Organised by

Avon-Otakaro Network Incorporated

Project details

  • Canterbury
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - September 2018

Funding awarded

$22,370.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Virtual Food Technology

Generating awareness and excitement for food processing technologies using augmented reality (AR) to allow students to construct a working virtual food production facility.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Computing and robotics
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Agriculture/ Food

Project duration

February 2018 - November 2018

Funding awarded

$25,800.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Creepy crawlies meet primary education

Students from 20 schools across the Bay of Plenty are engaging in science and technology through practical hands-on learning about pest management and biosecurity in the primary industries.

Organised by

New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd Trading as Scion

Project details

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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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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