Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Welcome to the spring SouthSci newsletter for 2020!
We never could have predicted how 2020 would play out, but we definitely could predict how awesome our SouthSci project leaders, scientists, teachers, and partners would be in handling it! I’ve never been so proud as to work with this community than I have been this year. Tautoko!
Among this stellar group of people are the nine new projects we’ve funded this year, ranging from Early Childhood level though to High School, and covering topics from water conservation to guava moth trapping and mathematical modelling of Auckland’s housing problem.
I’ll list the new cohort in more detail down the bottom, and as always – feel free to get in touch if you’d like to hear more about any of them!
It’s a good time to think about education policy with the elections coming up (I’m not sure if I’m happy about the postponement or not, it feels like the extremism is ramping up a bit more than normal for the fringe parties…). If you haven’t yet had a chance, pop onto VoteCompass to see what political party best represents your ideals, and then if you have time jump on to their websites and read more about their education policy. An informed vote is a good vote!
Something that I’m not sure our political policy can fix in the short term is the educational inequity that is being exacerbated by the lack of support and resource for our lowest decile schools struggling with online learning, and getting kids back into the routine of school after long periods of fairly major disruption. Spending time with teachers from both ends of the spectrum really highlights how much and how badly we are failing our most educationally vulnerable tamariki. If anyone is interested in a korero on this topic, I’d love to sit down over a coffee (or a tea-and-a-zoom-link) and talk further. Likewise, if you’re a teacher and struggling to find ways to incorporate STEM into online learning, or enthusing kids in STEM study once back in the classroom, I’d love to help out! The SouthSci team is full of ideas and we’re absolutely here to help, so don’t hesitate to throw an email out way.
Our SouthSci-funded projects are often a great source for both motivation and ideas too – check out this years fantastic crop:
Happy spring to you all, Ka mahana mai ngā rā! Ka puāwai mai ngā putiputi!
Mā te wā,