Unlocking Curious Minds — $20k award for Ōtaki Educational project

FE16_F_CuriousMindsThe Clean Technology centre in Titoki Street in conjunction with Energise Ōtaki have received a $20,000 grant under the Government’s National Strategic Plan for Science in Society, A Nation of Curious Minds — He Whenua Hihiri I Te Mahara.

The project is aimed to promote the relevance of science & technology in the minds of young people. Forty Year 9 –10 students from Ōtaki College will explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) concepts via on-and-off-site work experience with clean technology businesses in Ōtaki.

Using projects based around Energy, Liquid Fuels, Solar PV and Thermal, Wood Fuels, Wind Energy, Food Waste, Green Bikes and other Conservation themes, the project is designed to open the minds of students to practical aspects of science.

The Project lasts for six months but Bianca Begovich of the Clean Technology Centre is working to continue and expand the projects at the next funding round to “keep expanding those Curious Minds” she says.