Curious Minds Science Camp May 2016

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Year 7 & 8 Science and Technology Camp, 17 and 18 May 2016

The Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand received funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund, to run a Science and Technology Camp for Year 7 and 8 students and their teachers, during Primary Science Week in May 2016.

Over the two days, students, teachers and parents from 15 schools in Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay, attended four half-day, hands-on workshops on a variety of science and technology subjects, related to the world around them.

  • National Aquarium of New Zealand – life processes, ecology and evolution
  • GNS Science and East Coast LAB – rocks, fossils and earthquakes
  • Faraday Centre and Jenny Wake from MTG – electricity and magnetism. This workshop was supported by electrical and mechanical engineers from ABB, Compac, Haden & Custance and Unison, who described modern applications of this technology in their work.
  • Victoria University School of Engineering and Computer Science – “Bristlebots” and build your own robot using Arduino
  • Hawke’s Bay Regional Council – “Clearing the Air”
  • Hans Rook and John Cheyne, with support from the Department of Conservation – the Ahuriri Estuary: a haven for birds
  • Holt Planetarium – our solar system
  • Murray Gosling (2015 Science Teaching Leadership Programme) – the science of bridge design. This workshop was supported by structural engineers from the Hastings District Council, MWH, Opus and Strata Group, who described aspects of bridge science they apply in their work.
  • EIT School of Viticulture and Wine Science – the science of yeast fermentation
  • EIT School of Computing – Vex robotics.

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146 students, 22 teachers, 4 teacher aides and 9 parents from the following schools participated in the Camp:

Flaxmere Primary School • Hastings Intermediate School • Havelock North Intermediate School • Maraekakaho School • Napier Intermediate School • Ongaonga School • Peterhead School • St Mary’s School • St Patrick’s School • Tamatea Intermediate School • Taradale Intermediate School • The Terrace School, Waipukurau • Twyford School • Waipawa School • Waipukurau School

Photo 7The students and teachers returned to school with a better understanding of science and technology, and its relevance to their everyday lives. Here’s some of the feedback we received from the teachers:

  • Just wanted to thank you and your team for an outstanding two days of learning. Our kids loved all their workshops and were buzzing about all the things they had learnt. We met some fascinating people, passionate about their areas of expertise. This was a wonderful opportunity.
  • Many thanks for the last couple of days.  The kids were buzzing on returning to school today and were sharing their new learning and excitement with their teachers and classmates!  I will organise for them to share a presentation with the school/learning teams as well.  Would love to participate again if this is available next year!?!
  • Firstly thank you for the opportunity; I had 4 students and a teacher that were fizzing from the experience.  I hope this event is repeated next year as it was a fantastic opportunity. Congratulations to you and your team for an awesome camp.
  • Thanks for an awesome two days. We all loved the experiences.
  • Our 4 students had an amazing time and they were so happy to be involved in such a range of activities. Thank you once again for this opportunity, we will be in “boots and all” next year.
  • Thanks for having us over the 2 days. The kids loved it and gained a lot of new knowledge.
  • Thanks so much for all your superb organisation. The kids had a fantastic 2 days, and returned to school buzzing.
  • Thank you for organizing such an amazing couple of days.  I learnt so much and so did the children.
  • They had two days of fantastic learning experiences thank you.
  • Thank you very much for organising the two days. The children loved attending the courses and enjoyed the ‘hands on’ approach. I am meeting with them tomorrow so they can organise thank you emails, a school newsletter article and a school assembly short presentation.
  • Thanks for offering the Science and technology camps to us.   We have come away with a wealth of knowledge and have already shared some learning with our class.
  • I want to thank-you so much for the most wonderful two days for our students and all the adults attending. To me there was a perfect balance of presenting and interactive learning activities for our kids … they were captivated and inspired from the beginning to the end, in the 4 workshops I attended.   Every scientist / presenter was so contagiously passionate about their field of expertise … just brilliant.
  • Thanks again for a wonderful experience. We will share the student presentations about this when they are completed.

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As well as funding from MBIE, we received support, financially or in kind, from the following individuals and organisations:

ABB Limited • Compac • Department of Conservation • Eastbridge Engineering • East Coast LAB • EIT School of Computing • EIT School of Viticulture and Wine Science • Faraday Centre • Futureintech • GNS Science • Haden & Custance • Hans Rook • Hastings District Council • Hastings Intermediate School • Hawke’s Bay Branch of IPENZ • Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of NZ • Hawke’s Bay Regional Council • HB Youth Futures Trust • Holt Planetarium • John Cheyne • JuiceWorks Limited • Little Red Robot Design • Massey University • MTG Hawke’s Bay • Murray Gosling • MWH New Zealand Ltd • Napier Boys High School • Napier City Council • Napier Intermediate School • Napier Sailing Club • National Aquarium of New Zealand • Opus International Consultants • Page Bloomer Associates • Strata Group Consulting Engineers • Unison • Victoria University School of Engineering and Computer Science • WeaveIT Limited

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