Hooking rangatahi into science is a key focus of this year’s Unlocking Curious Minds funding round, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods said, revealing the 13 government funding recipients. of $ 1.6 million.
âThrough the contestable Unlocking Curious Minds 2021 fund, the government is supporting a wide range of truly fun hands-on projects, examining topics like nature, climate change and MÄtauranga MÄori to enable rangatahi to connect with the science and technology of in a way that is meaningful to them.
âWe know that students are much more engaged when they learn about topics they can relate to. Through activities such as participating in Waka Ama, reflecting on where food comes from, and personalized stories, we inspire future generations to add value to their own lives and that of their local communities.
âThis year’s funding round is an exciting and ambitious collection of projects that will bring science and technology to a wide range of audiences, including young people from hard-to-reach backgrounds. By focusing on student-led research and examining a range of knowledge systems, this funding is designed to reach and inspire a wider base of New Zealanders.
âI congratulate the successful applicants for their excellent research. The work they do benefits their communities and the long-term future of our country, âsaid Megan Woods.