Science platform opens applications for funding for 2021

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South Auckland institutions can seek up to $20,000

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Auckland, January 21, 2021

Image from the SouthSci Website

SouthSci, a Participatory Science Platform in South Auckland is welcoming applications for funding from STEM related projects for 2021. 

South Auckland Schools, Universities, Community and Iwi Groups may apply up to $20,000.

Expressions of interest will be accepted until March 26, 2021.

New Project Manager Ying Yang has come on board to manage SouthSci for 2021.

Naren Gopi and Hayley Ross (Reremoana School), helped design and build a Sensory Garden for neurodiverse students

She said that the aim of SouthSci is to show young people the value of science skills and highlight career pathways through collaborations with local STEM businesses, researchers and engineers.

A Civil Engineer, Ying is excited to help students get the opportunity to use scientific and design-thinking skills on real-world projects that have a direct impact on their communities.

Some examples

Previous examples include 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.

Students building a garden

“The project teams are a collaboration between young people and scientists from universities and research organisations working to complete their projects. The platform helps schools and community groups find expertise, knowledge and resources they may not otherwise have had access to,” Ms Ying said.

Criteria for Applications

Following are the criteria that will be applied while evaluating applications: (a) community relevance and participation (b) tackle 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, please contact Ying Yang on (09) 3072101; Email: or visit Website.

A View of the Sensory Garden

About SouthSci

SouthSci is one of three region-specific Participatory Science Platform funding initiatives, the other two based in Otago and Taranaki. The timing of this funding round does not apply to the other two regions.

The Participatory Science Platform is part of A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, the Government’s strategic plan to encourage all New Zealanders to get engaged with science and technology.

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