Science and Technology funding comes to Otago

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was pleased that young people around Otago would benefit from new projects aimed at encouraging participation in science and technology.

“Nearly $1 million of new funding, to 25 additional projects around the country, was recently announced under the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund pilot.

“I’m particularly excited that funding will come to Otago region, with projects that are set to benefit children, young people and their families.

“Included is $18,600 for the Tablets in Schools programme which provides students in low socio-economic areas, at schools in Otago, with the opportunity to experience new technology on tablet devices.

“Device users are supported to develop digital technology skills and participate in out of school learning by taking the devices home for the whole family to access.

“In another great project, the Gasworks Museum in South Dunedin is set to outfit a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Learning Centre (STEM), with innovative engineering and technology tools encouraging children and their families to engage in hands-on science and technology.

“And Otago children and their families will be able to take part in a series of science drop-in sessions, in a Science for Supper programme run by Otago University, which has received funding $19,455.

“The Unlocking Curious Minds programme is part of the Government’s strategic plan to encourage all New Zealanders to get engaged with science and technology."

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru