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
  • Recent Examples:
    • August 2019, Dr Carla Meledandri and Professor Shane Telfer from the MacDiarmid Institute, spoke to students at Hastings Boys High, Havelock North High and Te Aute College, about NZ Innovation for Sustainability.
    • July 2019, Joshua Lange, PhD Candidate from the Malaghan Institute, visited his old schools, St John’s College and Karamu High, to talk to senior students about his work on immunotherapy.
    • August 2018, Dr Harry Waring from Rocket Lab, and Associate Professor Ben Ruck from the MacDiarmid Institute, spoke to students at Napier Boys High and EIT.
  • 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. Other past instances include:
    • 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. In 2019, Siouxsie was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication, and in 2021 she was named 2021 New Zealander of the Year for her work during the COVID-19 pandemic, explaining the science in a language non-scientists can understand. 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, and look at her brilliant website here.
    • March 2017, hosting Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger’s visit to Karamu, St John’s and Napier Boys’ High Schools. See the report here.
    • April 2018, Peter’s colleague from the Institute for Advanced Study at Massey in Auckland, Joachim Brand, who spoke at the same schools about the Theory of Relativity, the subject that first excited Joachim’s interest in science when at school himself.
    • August 2017, two of the Women in Nanoscience speakers from the MacDiarmid Institute visited schools to talk to students about their work. Dr Cathrine Whitby spoke to students at Karamu High, and Dr Gemma Cotton spoke to students at Napier Girls High.
  • Applying for funding from MBIE’s Unlocking Curious Minds (UCM) contestable fund, and running the resultant hands-on STEM workshops for students and their teachers
  • See here for more details of the successful Science and Technology Camp for Year 7 & 8 students 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
  • And in May 2018, a further UCM camp was held: STEM in Horticulture, a hands-on two days for Year 10 & 11 students and their science teachers spent at Plant & Food Research and Mr Apple
  • Designing and running the programme Geology Rocks
  • Annually sponsoring prizes (for Intermediate and Senior students exhibiting excellence in their projects) at the Hawke’s Bay Science & Technology Fair …..more
  • Royal Society of New Zealand, Teaching & Learning:
    Heads Up: Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics.
    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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