$2 million has been allocated to 44 innovative projects that aim to enhance or broaden the connection and engagement of New Zealanders, in particular young people with limited opportunities, with science and technology.
The successful applications include topics such as:
- engaging scientists, schools and community groups to restore whitebait (Inanga) spawning areas in five regions throughout New Zealand using new research in freshwater ecology,
- igniting scientific curiosity in young people and families through the science of climate change and the story of Antarctic exploration,
- involving young Māori around New Zealand in science and technology through astronomy, space travel and physics,
- inspiring Year 10 students from Christchurch to design a resilient and sustainable pop-up model house using Computer Aided Design and laser cutting,
- working with local primary and secondary school students to explain the National Park wetland mystery and an amazing journey from scientific discovery to engineering,
- connecting Year 9 and 10 students from Dunedin with innovative businesses in the science and technology sector to provide inspirational, behind-the-scenes experiences before their important year 11 NCEA subject decisions.