Our mission is to show young people the value of science skills and to highlight career pathways through collaboration with local STEAM businesses, researchers and engineers.
Our vision is for all south Auckland children to be leaders in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and mātauranga Māori (STEAM). We champion STEAM education & innovation through community-focused, project-based learning.
Curious Minds South Auckland is an initiative of Te Hononga Akoranga COMET and the NZ Government’s Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara participatory science platform.
The Curious Minds South Auckland fund supports community-based STEAM research and design projects. We offer:
Anyone can apply for Curious Minds funding. We are looking for research projects that are:
Projects must be based primarily within the eligible funding area shown on the map at left.
If you’re a STEAM expert and are interested in supporting a Curious Minds South Auckland project, you can find out more here.
Funding for 2024 is now available. Applications are assessed in multiple funding rounds throughout the year. The application deadlines are:
Round 1: 27 November 2023
Round 2: 26 February 2024
Round 3: 25 March 2024 (TBC)
Find out more: