July 23, 2018
Science for girls wins Bright Spot prize
A programme to encourage more Māori girls to study STEM subjects is one of the first winners of the Education Hub’s new Bright Spot Awards.
The five winning projects receive funding and a two year professional development programme funded by NEXT Foundation to support teachers to develop the initiatives and, where appropriate, share them beyond the school.
Dan Piper, James Lamb and Kris Watson at Taupo’s Tauhara College designed Te Waka STEM Innovation Hub for Year 9 students after observing low participation by Maori girls in science, technology, engineering or maths.
The students will participate in project based learning around important local community issues, and use social media tools to communicate their findings to community stakeholders.
Other winning projects address oral language skills for new entrants, measuring student achievement, using videos to change the way classroom time is used, and a micro-credentialing system to break down the way NCEA is assessed to make it more understood by students.
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