SouthSci is accepting funding applications for STEM related projects for 2021. South Auckland schools, universities, community and iwi groups are encouraged to apply up to $20,000.
Project Manager Dr Sarah Morgan says 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.
She says previous examples have included the design of a water self-sufficient garden for students with neurodiversity by Reremoana School, monitoring and trapping Guava moth to lift fruit tree harvest numbers at East Tamaki School and AUT scientists working with senior students at Manurewa High School to look at math modelling of the housing problem in their area.
“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,” Dr Morgan says.
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.
For the best chance at designing a successful application, get in touch early by contacting Dr Sarah Morgan directly on 027 283 3412 or at STEM@cometauckland.org.nz.
For more information visit www.cometauckland.org.nz /southsci.