April 22, 2016
Te Arawa iwi invests in kids’ science
Ngati Whakaue is encouraging Rotorua schools to teach more science in a way that encourages Maori participation.
Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Trust is giving House of Science resource kits to ten schools as well as offering through professional development for teachers to learn about the matauranga Maori that sits alongside the science.
Renee Gillies, team leader for science and technology, says the scheme was trialled in four schools last year to a great response from teachers and students.
She says the iwi wants to encourage schools to include more science in the classroom, taught in a Rotorua context.
The kits, which cover biology, chemistry, physics and food science, are a joint venture between the trust and Tauranga based charitable trust, House of Science.
The project will be launched this afternoon at Ohinemutu Marae.
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