Media Statement: Taupo students to receive $22,000 towards science and tech projects

Electorate news
Monday, November 30, 2015

Taupo MP Louise Upston says students at both Taupo-Nui-a-Tia College and Taupo Primary School will benefit from $22,000 of Unlocking Curious Minds funding.

“Secondary school students at Taupo-Nui-a-Tia College will receive $20,000 of funding and will be supported by GNS Science to develop knowledge of a local geothermal environment. They will share their findings with the community through social media.

“This is a great way to engage Taupo youth with science and technology, areas where there are great job prospects,” says Louise.

The Unlocking Curious Minds fund is designed to support new projects to enhance the connection and engagement of New Zealanders, in particular young people, with science and technology.

“Taupo Primary School has also been funded $2,000, to enable Year 3 and 4 children to engage with their environment through native land restoration around Taupo. This will include learning about biosourcing and composting.

“These projects will teach the students involved about the role science and technology can play in protecting our special Taupo environment.

“Through the Unlocking Curious Minds fund we nurture the science and technology pioneers of the future,” says Louise.

Nearly $1 million of additional funding has been awarded to 25 new projects across New Zealand under the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund pilot. 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.

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Media contact: Jess van Haarlem 021 809 393