24 September 2016: Workshop “On and beyond our blue earth? Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics & Astronomy)” for school students from South Auckland

STEM-TEC organised and ran a workshop on science at AUT's South Campus for South Auckland school students. The workshop was a part of the STEM-TEC and CoLab project "STEMpreneurial Bugs for South Auckland Youth" supported by a $25,000 grant from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment within the New Zealand government initiative "Unlocking Curious Minds". There were very interesting and visual presentations on ecology, biology and chemistry by Dr John Perrott and Wendy Emson, on physics and astronomy by Tim Natusch and Dr Willem van Straten. There were also several engaging hands-on activities including making different sorts of yummy ice-cream, modelling biological evolution using soft toys, producing jellies via chemical reactions, modelling distances in the Solar System on the desks and floor, and other activities run with support from six AUT postgraduate student assistants. Three prizes (vouchers of $70, $50 and $30) were given to the most active participants.

Some videos & photos from the workshop: