House of Science enable and support New Zealanders to engage with science and participate actively in the world they live in. We provide primary and intermediate schools with relevant and comprehensive science resources, inspiring young New Zealanders’ interest and understanding of science through tangible learning experiences. Our resource kits are delivered, collected and maintained by teams of people in our regional branches, servicing our member schools. We’re all about empowering teachers because well resourced, confident teachers deliver great science lessons which results in engaged students.
Our resource kits are hands-on, fun and relevant to the big issues New Zealand is facing now and into the future. Not only that, they are completely bi-lingual which means no student is excluded.
Why science you ask? Science builds key skills like critical thinking, questioning and problem solving. We empower young New Zealanders to think scientifically and have a healthy curiosity to explore the world around them. Scientifically literate people participate as informed citizens and make intelligent decisions that will affect the quality of their lives and that of their children. Moreover, science is critical for the economy. Strategic investment in research programmes and scientific infrastructure have long-term beneficial impact on New Zealand’s health, economy, environment and society.
Established in 2013, House of Science is a charitable trust that was founded by Chris Duggan. A trained biochemist, former Bay of Plenty secondary school science teacher and college Head of Department.
"We are delighted to be offering our unique resources and services into a growing number of regions in New Zealand.
Each regional House of Science, like the national office, is a charitable trust run by a volunteer board of directors."
In May 2019 Chris traveled to Europe to research science learning. Click here to read her report.
Founder & National CEO
Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles
“The House of Science model is brilliant – the science kits are amazing and make science accessible for all primary schools. Science is a resource-hungry subject so by sharing these kits among a group of schools it allows access to quality resources covering the whole science curriculum. I feel very honoured to be given this role as Ambassador for the House of Science. I hope that I will be able to help the charity raise awareness of their amazing and important work."
House of Science Ambassador
What we do
Teachers, students and the wider community can access House of Science's diverse programmes and educational materials, which include:
- A comprehensive science resource library for primary and intermediate schools
- Teacher professional development
- Community science symposia
Some regions also offer:
- Special interest clubs for school students, such as robotics
- After school and holiday programmes
We work alongside many groups in the local community to deliver our services:
- Philanthropic community groups (Lions, Rotary, etc.)
- Local business and industry
- Local, district and regional councils
- Youth organisations (YMCA, OSCAR, Robotocs clubs, etc.)
- Volunteer organisations
- Cover a vast range of relevant topics
- Include at least 5 hands-on experiments, catering for Year 1-8 students
- Are easy to use - everything a teacher needs is in the kit, including all consumables
- Include bi-lingual student instructions and teacher manual
- Are fully aligned with the NZ curriculum and many reflect current National Science research
Kits are booked for one week at a time and are delivered to/collected from our member schools.
What teachers are saying:
"The House of Science resource kits are fantastic to use in the classroom. I have used them with primary and intermediate students who all love getting involved and can easily relate to the big science idea. I have attended several teacher professional development sessions and have found these really enhance my practise in the classroom."
"The House of Science is a jewel in the local education landscape crown. The kids love the science - each kit is a valued gift that arrives in their classroom every week. It is a privilege to be able to teach using this very much appreciated resource."
"The service you provide is OUTSTANDING!!! My classes LOVE the boxes when they arrive. For some kids it's the highlight of the year. Thank you for helping teachers bring science alive in our classes!"
Summary of Hutt Science evaluation 2017:
"the Hutt Science programme has significantly improved schools' delivery of science ... by providing the necessary experimental resource kits and by supporting the teachers' use of them through professional learning and guidance. This strategic resourcing has influenced three areas: greater engagement in science teaching and learning, inclusion of science in schools' programmes and the direction of science curriculum development."
Community support (Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society):
"We have read with interest the proposal to establish a ‘House of Science’ in Tauranga. It is clear that the future of our planet and of the human race, depends on us finding rational, intelligent and science based answers to the many complex problems facing us. Essential to that objective, is finding the scientists to do the science. Key to developing young scientists is being able to interest them in their environment and how it functions. By developing links between education and community groups, and bringing science into perspective, we anticipate that the project will result in a greater interest in science and will result in social, economic and environmental benefits."
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