Government supports practical science for Rangatahi

  • Student-led research
  • $ 1.6 million investment
  • 13 projects

Getting rangatahi addicted to science is a key goal this year
Unblock curious minds round of funding, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr. Megan Woods announced, revealing the 13 successful recipients of government funding of $ 1.6 million.

“Through 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 Mātauranga Māori to enable rangatahi to connect with the science and technology of in a way that is meaningful to them.

“We 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.

“This 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.

“I congratulate the successful applicants for their excellent research. The work they do benefits their communities and the long-term future of our country, ”said Megan Woods.


Questionable Fund Unlocking Curious Minds | Ministry of Enterprise, Innovation and Employment ( is an initiative under A Nation of Inquisitive Minds – He Whenua Hihiri I Te Mahara – A National Strategic Plan for Science in Society, and is jointly managed by the Ministry of Enterprise, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister.

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