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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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Tamariki moana, children of the sea

Students are investigating marine ecosystems and taonga species by engaging in hands-on, in-water surveys that combine localised mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), science and snorkelling.

Organised by

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
Unlocking Curious Minds

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)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Papa Taiao Predator Free Secondary

Innovative predator free courses will run with secondary school students in Wellington and Northland, integrated with the science and technology curriculum and NCEA, and tested for scale-up across New Zealand.

Organised by

Papa Taiao - Earthcare Active Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Wellington
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform

Aquavan - discovering our coastal connections

Travelling along southern NZ waterways, the Aquavan will immerse young minds in marine science, awaken curiosity with encounters with marine critters and investigate how actions upstream affect the coastal environment.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Southland
  • Otago
  • Oceans
  • Freshwater
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$66,330.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform

Experiencing Marine Reserves: Te Kura Moana. Mātauranga Māori informing Kaitiakitanga of the future.

Creating marine-based learning environments; Te Kura Moana. This project encapsulates Te Ao Māori, bringing together oral histories, cultural mapping and Mātauranga Māori to explore and inform kaitiakitanga of our oceans

Organised by

Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust

Project details

  • Wellington
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
Participatory Science Platform