SouthSci is now accepting funding applications for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related
projects in 2020.
South Auckland schools, universities, community and iwi groups are encouraged to apply.
SouthSci’s aim is to show young people the value of science skills and to highlight career pathways through
collaborations with local STEM businesses, researchers and engineers.
It particularly funds innovative projects that give young people more opportunities to experience science and technology
through hands-on activities and collaborative research.
Project Manager Dr Sarah Morgan says you can apply for up to $20,000. “This year we’d would love to see projects focus
on solid data collection and have a plan in place to use that data to drive meaningful change in your world,” she says.
Previous examples of projects funded by SouthSci have included the design of a water self-sufficient living space for a
family home conducted by Willowbank School, monitoring and trapping pests to lift birdlife numbers at Hunua School and
Papakura Intermediate School designing and building an astronomically aligned playground specific to their local
Dr Morgan says the project teams are a collaboration between young people and scientists from universities and research
organisations, working to complete their projects “which helps schools and community groups find expertise, knowledge
and resources they may not otherwise have had access to.”
There are a set of criteria for applications. The project must have community relevance and participation; be tackling a
substantive scientific question in active partnership with a scientist(s); and be offering enduring educational value
and two-way learning for those involved.
This Participatory Science Platform is currently being run in three areas: South Auckland (SouthSci), Taranaki and
Otago. It is an initiative under A Nation of Curious Minds, a Government programme to encourage all New Zealanders to
get involved with science and technology, visit www.curiousminds.nz
SouthSci has recently released its Participatory Science Platform – south Auckland region 2018 project showcase
it gives a rundown on its successful projects from 2018 with mention of 2019 projects.