Our mission is to show young people the value of science skills and to highlight career pathways through collaboration with local STEM businesses, researchers and engineers.
Our vision is for all south Auckland children to be leaders in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We champion STEM education & innovation through community-focused, project-based learning.
SouthSci is an initiative of COMET and the NZ Government’s Curious Minds - He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara.
We fund innovative projects that give south Auckland young people more opportunities to experience science and technology through hands-on activities and collaborative research.
Schools, kura, community groups and STEM organisations can apply for up to $20,000 in funding to get your research off the ground. We can support you to connect with educators, STEM experts and community partners in your area.
SouthSci has been running since 2015 and has supported over 60 research projects so far. See some examples from our Annual Showcase.
Not based in south Auckland? In 2022, COMET is launching a similar initiative in west Auckland focused especially on increasing STEAM engagement amongst Pacific Island students. Find out about WeSTEM and get in touch today if you’d like to know more.
Anyone can apply for SouthSci funding. We are looking for research projects that are:
Applications are assessed in multiple funding rounds throughout the year. Get your application in early for the best chances of being funded. Deadlines for applications are:
Round 1: 25 February | Round 2: 25 March | Round 3: 15 April