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CURIOUS MINDS

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A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, is a government initiative with the goal of encouraging and enabling better engagement with science and technology for all New Zealanders. Here we highlight Curious Minds initiatives, including a number of Participatory Science Platform (PSP) projects.

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Taranaki primary school students have found out how to recycle their food waste on site to make the best compost for their gardens. Students at Matapu School and Stratford Primary School have found that using a composting tumbler is the overall best way to turn their food scraps into nutrition for their school vegetable garden. The main experiment is looking at how well plants grow in test and control sections in response to different types of composting, such as Bokashi ... Bokashi, Composting, Food Waste, Primary School, Vegetable Garden, Experiment, Tumbler, Students, Mindfulness

Which compost is best for our gardens? - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

Taranaki primary school students have found out how to recycle their food waste on site to make the best compost for their gardens.

North Taranaki locals have unearthed a frog species not previously known to live in the area. Ngāti Mutunga community members, primary school tauira (students) and scientists have found a species of frog new to the North Taranaki rohe (area).  The group made this discovery when doing a survey of frogs as part of their research project, Kimihia Kermit, which came about after people of the Ngāti Mutunga iwi noticed they were struggling to find tadpoles to teach their tamariki... Frog Species, Research Projects, Kermit, Primary School, Frogs, Scientists, Science And Technology, Discovery, Students

New frog leaps into North Taranaki - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

North Taranaki locals have unearthed a frog species not previously known to live in the area, after doing their first night survey of the region.

Like Transformers, Taranaki’s youth are heroes working to save their environment - but by morphing washed up plastics into useful products. Science And Technology, Transformers, Recycling, Youth, Environment, It Cast, Mindfulness, How To Make, Products

Trashformers: making waste useful - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

Like Transformers, Taranaki’s youth are heroes working to save their environment - but by morphing washed up plastics into useful products.

Southern Otago's streams are set to be in much better health in future, after farmers and locals saw a need to teach the next generation about looking after their rural environment. Environmental Education, Better Health, Science And Technology, Farmers, The Fosters, Health And Wellness, Southern, Mindfulness, Teaching

Otago farmers foster healthy streams - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

Southern Otago's streams are set to be in much better health in future, after farmers and locals saw a need to teach the next generation about looking after their rural environment.

A study on different methods of sustainable energy generation threw up some surprises for two award-winning teenage Taranaki scientists. Sustainable Energy, Scientists, Plymouth, Science And Technology, High School, Engineering, Industrial, Mindfulness, Platform

Watt about the weather? - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

A study on different methods of sustainable energy generation threw up some surprises for two award-winning teen scientists in Taranaki.

 Vic Metcalf is a marine biologist and the director of New Zealand’s Participatory Science Program. We talk about sex reversing fish, sentinel species, and the importance of public engagement in science. Science Programs, Biologist, Science And Technology, Public, Victoria, Fish, Engagement, Pisces, Engagements

Episode 006: Victoria Metcalf — Podcast or Perish

Dr. Vic Metcalf is a marine biologist and the director of New Zealand’s Participatory Science Program. We talk about sex reversing fish, sentinel species, and the importance of public engagement in science.

A Curious Minds Project in taranaki. Four survey approaches are used plus some additional general observation work. Part of the ‘benthic survey’ work, has resulted in the Hawera High School students developing a ‘Species ID guide’. Science Education, Science And Technology, High School Students, Mindfulness, Teaching, Projects, Log Projects, Blue Prints, College Guys

Project Reef Life - WEBSITE & DATABASE

A Curious Minds Project in taranaki. Four survey approaches are used plus some additional general observation work. Part of the ‘benthic survey’ work, has resulted in the Hawera High School students developing a ‘Species ID guide’.

A project led by two sisters in Ōtara is bringing the community together to clean up the Ōtara Creek Reserve and improve their local environment. Driving Teen, Koi Carp, Two Sisters, Reggae, Environment, Bring It On, Mindfulness, Community, River

Teens drive creek care in Ōtara - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

A project led by two sisters in Ōtara is bringing the community together to clean up the Ōtara Creek Reserve and improve their local environment.

Taranaki school students are finding out how important rarely studied creepy crawlies are to wetlands and whether these can be used to track success in restoration and pest control. Science Topics, Scientific Method, Pest Control, Science And Technology, Creepy, Restoration, Track, Students, Mindfulness

Can creepy crawlies help us watch our wetlands? - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

Taranaki school students are finding out how important rarely studied creepy crawlies are to wetlands and whether these can be used to track success in restoration and pest control.

High school students have created a truly innovative way to potentially solve two of Auckland's biggest problems at the same time. Sleep In Car, People Sleeping, Local Parks, 16 Year Old, High School Students, Science And Technology, Innovation, At Least, Recycling

Can recycling help homelessness? - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

High school students have created a truly innovative way to potentially solve two of Auckland's biggest problems at the same time.

In Karen's early career she was in accounting, now she is involved in a community-led marine based project investigating reefs offshore South Taranaki. Sat Exam, Marine Bases, Stem Fields, Music For Studying, Life Satisfaction, Math Stem, Chartered Accountant, Business Studies, Marine Environment

Karen Pratt - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

In Karen's early career she was in accounting, now she is involved in a community-led marine based project investigating reefs offshore South Taranaki.

Kaikōura students are getting to know a marine world which used to be hidden beneath the waves. Senior Student, The Visitors, High School Students, Primary School, Young People, Science And Technology, Studying, Marines, Raising

Exploring a world that was once hidden in Kaikōura

Kaikōura students are getting to know a marine world which used to be hidden beneath the waves.

Participatory science platform - South Auckland Region Showcase 2015-2017 SouthSci is a participatory science platform in south Auckland that connects schools and communities with science by supporting them to develop research projects around questions that matter to them.  We aim to show our young people the value of science skills and to highlight career pathways through collaborations with local science businesses, researchers and technicians. Research Projects, Auckland, Young People, Pathways, Science And Technology, Schools, Highlight, Career, How Are You Feeling

Participatory science platform - South Auckland Region Showcase 2015-2017 SouthSci is a participatory science platform in south Auckland that connects schools and communities with science by supporting them to develop research projects around questions that matter to them. We aim to show our young people the value of science skills and to highlight career pathways through collaborations with local science businesses, researchers and technicians.

Investigating air quality with under-fives - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara Education Center, Early Childhood Education, Auckland, Scientists, Science And Technology, 5 Years, Challenges, Mindfulness, Age

Investigating air quality with under-fives - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

A collaborative group of early childhood education centres around Mangere want to know what their local air quality is like, due to living and working in an area interwoven with industry.

Motunui carvings: metal or stone tools? - CURIOUS MINDS Expert carvers join forces with schoolchildren in Taranaki to find out which tools were used to create an iconic set of Māori panels. New Zealand Adventure, Museum Collection, Science And Technology, How To Find Out, Mindfulness, History, Join, Collections, Tools

Motunui carvings: metal or stone tools? - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara

Expert carvers join forces with schoolchildren in Taranaki to find out which tools were used to create an iconic set of Māori panels.

Students placed their newly designed wētā houses in various locations around Auckland. They want to find out if this house better suits wētā needs. Primary School, Auckland, Science And Technology, Investigations, How To Find Out, Students, College, Houses, Teaching

Continuing the wētā investigation

Students placed their newly designed wētā houses in various locations around Auckland. They want to find out if this house better suits wētā needs.