Schools

The Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand supports local schools and teachers in their teaching of science. Examples include:

  • Promoting and supporting the government-funded Science Teaching Leadership Programme
  • Bringing New Zealand scientists to Hawke’s Bay to talk to students and teachers about their work and the important role of science in our lives, including:
    • July 2013, Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser
    • June and November 2014, Elf Eldridge, Senior Tutor, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Víctoria University of Wellington
    • March 2016, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, and head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab. In 2012 Siouxsie was awarded the science communication prize from the New Zealand Association of Scientists, and in 2013 the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize and the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Callaghan Medal for science communication. She is on the
      Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and seeks to be a role model for increasing the participation of women and girls in science. Contribute to Siouxsie’s research to discover life-saving medicines. Click here for A full report on her visit 
    • March 2017, hosting Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger’s visit to Karamu, St John’s and Napier Boys’ High Schools. See the report here.
  • Applying for funding from MBIE’s Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund, and running the resultant Science and Technology camp for Year 7 & 8 students and their teachers
  • See here for more details of the successful camp held in May 2016.
  • In May 2017, we held another camp, improved by the experience of its predecessor. Read all about what we did: 2017 Science & Technology Camp report
  • Designing and running the programme Geology Rocks
  • Annually sponsoring prizes (for Intermediate students and Senior students exhibiting excellence and merit in their projects, and in 2016 worth $500) at the Hawke’s Bay Science Fair …..more
  • Royal Society of New Zealand, Teaching & Learning: http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/teaching-learning/
    Heads Up: Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics. http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/teaching-learning/newsletters/heads-up/
    You can subscribe to receive Heads-up directly by going here and by electing to receive Science teacher announcements
  • Recording, broadcasting and podcasting Scientists on Air

Some other Hawke’s Bay organisations which provide science outreach activities for schools are:

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