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SouthSci funding opportunity open to the community

Published: 21 January 2021

SouthSci, the Participatory Science Platform in south Auckland is now accepting funding applications for STEM related projects for 2021. 

South Auckland schools, universities, community and iwi groups are encouraged to apply for up to $20,000.

Expressions of interest are accepted at any time, with full applications due by 26 March 2021 for the final intake of applications.

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

Coming from a civil engineering background, Ying is particularly excited to help students get the opportunity to use scientific and design-thinking skills on real-world projects which will have a direct impact on their communities.

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. The platform helps schools and community groups find expertise, knowledge and resources they may not otherwise have had access to,” Ying 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 Ying Yang directly on 09 307 2101 or at or for more information about applying, visit the SouthSci website.

SouthSci is one of three region-specific Participatory Science Platform funding initiatives, with 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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