New Genesis School-gen Trust to help kiwi kids become STEM innovators of the future
Genesis Energy has established a new Trust to provide science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) equipment to New
Zealand schools. The Trust has been created to provide the tools teachers seek to inspire students’ interest in STEM and
To celebrate its launch, the Genesis School-gen Trust
is inviting all schools to apply now for the first application round. This initial round will distribute $50,000 worth
of STEM and solar equipment to schools. Entries can be submitted via the Trust’s website and successful schools will be
announced on 17 May.
Genesis CEO Marc England says that kiwi kids are known to be innovative problem solvers.
“Through the Genesis School-gen programme we know teachers want to find ways to encourage and expand their students’
STEM learning and problem-solving capabilities,” says Marc.
“The right equipment is vital for children’s learning. The Trust is another way Genesis and its customers can support
schools and help students get the STEM skills they’ll need to meet the social, environmental and economic challenges
they will face in the future.”
From April, Genesis customers will be able to donate $1, $2, or $5 through their monthly bill to support STEM and solar
equipment packages for schools.
As part of a sponsorship agreement, Genesis will cover the Trust’s administration costs so that 100% of customer
donations go to schools for STEM and solar equipment.
“Even if customers only donate a dollar each month, their combined donations will enable the Trust to gift thousands of
dollars of equipment every year – which will support children and schools all over New Zealand,” says Marc England.
The Genesis School-gen Trustees, including education, IT and energy-generation experts, will determine which schools
receive the equipment packages.
Tamaki Primary School Deputy Principal and Genesis School-gen Trustee, Lou Reddy, says STEM equipment is the key to
integrated learning in schools, because it allows children to examine real-world situations and use practical tools to
make positive change.
“For kids, learning without a problem to solve is meaningless,” says Lou. “By resourcing education in this way, the
Trust provides an energy boost to give teachers an opportunity to integrate STEM learning into a broader context.”
Equipment provided will include electronic devices such as laptops, Chrome books and iPads as well as coding and
robotics equipment. Science equipment packs will cover chemistry, physics and biology. Solar packs will include panels
and monitoring equipment and the school will be linked to the long running School-gen solar programme, so students can
learn about energy production and compare their energy generation to other schools. Solar panels will also help the
school to save on energy expenses.
More about the Genesis School-gen Trust: www.genesisschoolgentrust.org.nz
More about School-gen: School-Gen, Genesis’ long-standing community investment programme, continues to provide STEM games, support and
resources for teachers and parents. More information can be found here: http://www.schoolgen.co.nz/about/