Louise Upston welcomes investment in engaging young people with science

Electorate news
Friday, February 17, 2017

MP Louise Upston is delighted young people in the Taupo electorate will take part in the latest Unlocking Curious Minds initiative to build engagement with science.

This week the Government announced $2 million from the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund has been awarded to 41 projects, including some from this region.

“The Curious Minds fund supports innovative projects aimed at exciting and engaging young people, in particular those who have limited opportunities to get involved with science and technology,” Ms Upston says.

One of these is the Lake Taupo Forestry Trust science and technology workshops and whanau science day, which received funding of $27,500.

Run by Auckland University of Technology, the hands-on workshop will introduce students to science and technology, with an emphasis on the natural environment. A whanau science day will help students share what they have learned.

“We need more young people to develop an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects to meet our skill needs,” Ms Upston says.

“Taking part and being successful in science and technology keeps more career options open to young people.”

Background:

The fund was developed under the A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri I te Mahara – a National Strategic Plan for Science in Society. Curious Minds is a cross-agency programme of work led by MBIE, the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.