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Project Activate - a health programme initiative

  • 20 Sep 2017

Project Activate was a health initiative project as part of the 2016 New Zealand International Science Festival, in Dunedin, New Zealand, and made possible thanks to the governments' Unlocking Curious Minds initiative.

Project Activate equips young Pasifika students to make lifelong healthy choices by learning about the science of good health. The week-long holiday programme provided a rich environment for the kids to explore new ideas and skills, and try out a wide range of really interesting things, from experiments in a food science lab to learning how to read food labels at the supermarket and swimming in a flume at the speed of an Olympic swimmer. They also invented healthy recipes, measured heart rates, and got their families involved too.

Key partners where involved, including the National Science Challenges, Pacific Island Community Trust, Rebecca Wilson Nutrition, Otago Polytechnic, University of Otago.

The movie also provides background to the types of health issues we’re facing globally that are closely related to our lifestyles (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers), the scale of the obesity problem in New Zealand, particularly the impact for Pasifika communities, what activities the kids got into, and of course what they thought!

Project Activate - a health programme initiative

Project Activate - a health programme initiative

  • 20 Sep 2017

Project Activate was a health initiative project as part of the 2016 New Zealand International Science Festival, in Dunedin, New Zealand, and made possible thanks to the governments' Unlocking Curious Minds initiative.

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South Dunedin Project - looking at the changing ground environment

South Dunedin Project - looking at the changing ground environment

  • 20 Sep 2017

In mid 2017 the New Zealand International Science Festival project managed an investigation into the ground water situation in South Dunedin, New Zealand. The aim of the project was to empower secondary school students and engage them together alongside scientists and professionals in a hands-on project where they could investigate the changing nature of the physical environment.

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Curious Minds project in South Dunedin a Success

Curious Minds project in South Dunedin a Success

  • 31 Aug 2017

Pupils from Bayfield and Kings High Schools recently presented their work to an engaged community audience. The event was final step in the Curious Minds project around investigating ground water and climate change in South Dunedin.

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The Science of Sport is Back!

The Science of Sport is Back!

  • 29 Aug 2017

In the build up to the Bledisole Cup test match this Saturday between the All Blacks and Australia over 120 teenagers to gained insight into the science behind high performance sport at a special lunch to be held. Hosted by the Science Festival with special guests Nic Gill, All Blacks secret weapon and head conditioning coach, alongside Fiona Watson and Joanna Horan, ANZ netball performance analysts, spoke and inspired the students.

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Core blimey! Water level a surprise

Core blimey! Water level a surprise

  • 14 Jul 2017

Pupils from Bayfield High School and King’s High School are digging deep to find what lies beneath the flood-prone grounds on which they study.

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