May 04, 2015
Comet taking science to south
Comet is looking for practical science projects that will engage young people in south Auckland and lead to positive outcomes for their communities.
The education promotion organisation has just won a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ‘Science in Society’ contract aimed at getting more young people from traditionally harder to reach groups inspired and engaged with science.
Skills manager Shirley Johnson says many young Maori and Pacific don’t see science as being for them.
"This sort of opportunity creates real science working with real kids and working with real scientists on problems and issues that are real to the community so it's not all just made up. The young people can actually have those conversations with scientists and really see how relevant it is in their everyday lives. Also in terms of a career
Shirley Johnson says science is needed whether it’s lab work or fixing a car.
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