11 May 2016: Receiving a $25,000 grant from the MBIE for the project "STEMpreneurial Bugs for South Auckland Youth"

On 11 May 2016 the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced successful applicants for their national initiative "Unlocking Curious Minds":


The initiative is designed to support new projects to enhance, or broaden the connection and engagement of "harder to reach" New Zealanders, in particular young people (ages 18 years and younger), with science and technology.

STEM-TEC jointly with Colab (https://colab.aut.ac.nz/) received a $25,000 grant from MBIE for the local project "STEMpreneurial Bugs for South Auckland Youth".

The main aim of the proposed project is creating a broader understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by South Auckland youth and link STEM to entrepreneurship using excellent facilities and resources of the AUT's South Campus. We proposed to conduct six so called STEMpreneurial interactive workshops with hand-on activities to connect STEM subjects with entrepreneurship. It will also involve joint science and technology projects with South Auckland industries that will continue long after the workshops finished. The main outcome is preparing South Auckland youth to think about themselves as job makers rather than job takers in the future.