News


May 18

Wellington HoS Good in your Hood???

Our Wellington House of Science branch is currently featured in the Z ‘Good in the Hood’ promotion.

Z has been helping groups do good in their neighbourhoods since 2012, giving away more than $1 million each year. That’s more than $5 million so far to groups and projects doing good across New Zealand!

 Check out the short clip and VOTE for them!



Apr 20

Call for sponsors

The House of Science runs an annual one-day symposium – a fantastic day for the whole community to learn, network and be inspired by great local science. This year the symposium will be in the Hutt Valley at the brand new Hutt Events Centre. The theme is ‘It takes a village’ and we are currently looking for sponsors for the event. Hutt City Council has already claimed the premier sponsor slot but we have plenty of other opportunities. Contact Chris for more info.



Apr 19

Welcome to our new website

We are delighted to reveal this website upgrade which has been under development for several months. Huge thanks to Andrew from Omninet who has worked tirelessly and accommodated all our requests. Debbie also deserves a pat on the back for entering all the existing kit bookings (hundreds!) and setting up programmes, schools and users. Teachers of our member schools will see a smoother user interface, ability to filter kits by date and/or curriculum area. If you are a member and cannot log in, please contact your local House of Science General Manager.



Apr 06

Teaching Science to Teachers RNZ article

Getting school children excited about science can be a tough feat especially if teachers aren’t engaged themselves.

But there’s a programme that gets teachers involved in science, not just for a day, but for a full 6 months so they can take what they learn back to their schools and their students.

Ross Intermediate School in Palmerston North nominated one of its teachers, Sharyn Loveridge, for the Science Teaching Programme, she tells Jesse Mulligan from RNZ about it

Click here to listen to the article



Apr 05

The science behind Wahine

Great to see our wonderful Hutt member school -Muritai using the Float My Boat Science kit to get the children understanding the science surrounding the Wahine disaster.



Mar 21

New Resource: Spaced Out

We are delighted to announce that our new resource, Spaced Out, is nearing the end of development. Activities in this kit follow from the creation of the universe, through the galaxies, into our solar system, to here on earth and how human technology influences space travel and future missions. It has been proudly sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The New Zealand Space Agency is part of MBIE, and is the lead government agency for commercial use of space and business development in New Zealand. Watch out for the date of launch.



Mar 20

New HoS Region: Hamilton/Central Waikato

We are so excited to announce that another new region will soon be able to access our products and services. Catherine Frericks will head up this region as General Manager. Feel free to contact her if you would like to help out in any way (Sponsoring a resource kit, Volunteering, Making contacts etc). There are another four regions at varying stages of getting a House of Science established in their neck of the woods too, so watch this space!  



Feb 27

Introducing: Barbara Johnson

We welcome Barb to the team.
Barbara Johnson has been engaged by the House of Science National Office as the Branch Sustainability Advisor after the House of Science received an ‘Unlocking Curious Minds’ grant.
Barbara started the position in February and has hit the ground running, working on development of budgets, sponsorship and grant support material.  Barb and Chris have run two General Manager induction courses since the start of the year, with a total of seven attendees trained to date.



Feb 05

Two new HoS regions open their doors

We are so excited to announce that two new regions will soon be able to access our products and services. General Managers were trained in January and are now working hard to make this a reality in their local areas. We have Jessica Singh in West Auckland and Brendan Vink in South Waikato. Feel free to contact them if you would like to help out in any way (Sponsoring a resource kit, Volunteering, Making contacts etc). There are another five regions at varying stages of getting a House of Science established in their neck of the woods too, so watch this space!



Jan 20

Funding Success: Unlocking Curious Minds

We were delighted to find out in December that we have been awarded a significant grant from the MBIE Unlocking Curious Minds fund. The money will help us to make the regional House of Science branches financially sustainable. Barbara Johnson has been brought on board as a ‘Branch Sustainability Adviser’ to develop resources and deliver training and support for the regional trustees and general managers.