Events

Oct
26

NanoCamp

Watch this space – information about NanoCamp 2018 will be up in September 2017. Experience science in a fun and supportive hands-on environment, and get to work with some of New Zealand’s top researchers! NanoCamp is a week long science camp delving into nanoscience and nanotechnologoy.  Selected students will have a full week of residential lab […]

Oct
26

DiscoveryCamp – Te Tohu Huraina

Watch this space – information about DiscoveryCamp 2018 will be up in September 2017. Discover your Future Experience science in a fun and supportive hands-on environment, and get to work with some of New Zealand’s top researchers! The DiscoveryCamp – Te Tohu Huraina is a programme designed for year 12 or 13 Māori and Pasifika secondary […]

News

Jan
28

Māori and Pasifika students discovering passion for science

A group of talented Māori and Pasifika pupils from around the country descended on Victoria University of Wellington last week to get a taste of tertiary-level science. From 18-22 January five secondary school pupils with an interest in science participated in the Discovery Awards, sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The […]

Jan
27

Happy campers at NanoCamp 2015

Fifteen of New Zealand’s brightest high school science pupils from across the country spent a week in Wellington getting an introduction to nanoscience and advanced materials during NanoCamp 2015. The annual camp, sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and held for the sixth year, introduces year 12 and 13 pupils to […]

Mar
12

Kōrero with scientists 2015

Korero With Scientists resources are available to download here. Kōrero with Scientists: brings primary and early childhood educators and scientists together in ways that help teachers to understand and deliver the Nature of Science curriculum. The kōrero will demonstrate how scientists do science, give participants hands-on experience in experimental science and explain the underlying concepts. Participants will […]

Dec
04

A Place To Live – Full RNZ recordings

In November 2014, The MacDiarmid Institute hosted a forum called A Place to Live : for the life worth having in Whanganui focussed on the link between economic and environmental health in New Zealand, in particular in the regions and smaller centres. Kim Hill chaired the event, which featured a number of talks and panel […]

Oct
06

The Best 100 Science Experiments – Round 2!

Children need to engage with science as early as possible; the more science the better, for them and society. “Presenting science in ways that give students the same sense of excitement and challenge that motivates grown-up scientists is important” says The MacDiarmid Institute’s Deputy Director Stakeholder Engagement Professor Alison Downard, “that’s the thinking behind our […]

May
02

The Best 100 Science Experiments

The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with (what was previously) The New Zealand Teachers Council and NZEI Te Riu Roa run regularly scheduled competitions to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in this “Experiment Bank”. Here you will find resources for teachers […]

Feb
04

Kate McGrath Discusses Outreach Initiatives

The MacDiarmid Institute’s director, Professor Kate McGrath spoke with Radio New Zealand’s Kathryn Ryan about the Institute’s commitment to help train and equip teachers to confidently teach science at all levels from Early Childhood up, through initiatives like the Korero with Scientists programme. Kate also discussed the other outreach projects The MacDiarmid Institute is championing, […]

Nov
25

Meet NanoGirl

Dr Michelle Dickinson is an Associate Investigator for The MacDiarmid Institute who aspires to be a real life Superhero! Michelle strongly believes that everyone should have access to science and learning about how things around you work, regardless of who you are or what your education level is. Watch her exciting Ted X talk about […]

Nov
06

The Best 100 Experiments

In 2013, The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with The New Zealand Teachers Council, launched a competition to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in the “Experiment Bank”. The competition will run again next year, with 100 experiments being […]

Oct
23

Nature Of Science

The MacDiarmid Institute has created these resources to help teachers and students better understand the Nature of Science, the overarching, unifying strand of the New Zealand Science Curriculum. Through ‘Nature Of Science’ students learn what science is and how scientists work. They develop the skills, attitudes, and values to build a foundation for understanding the world. They come […]

Aug
12

Pounamu : Exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023

Media Release Monday August 12 – Media Release: Pounamu: exploring a science savvy New Zealand in 2023 Date: August 29 12.00pm – August 30 12.00pm Location: Anywhere with an internet connection Issued by: The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, StratEDGY Strategic Foresight Mātini māmano ka rapa te whai By many, by thousands, the work (project) will be […]

Jun
13

Previous Years

Award for outstanding Maori and Pacifika year 12 and 13 pupils. $1000 plus 2 weeks lab experience. “I entered this Award wondering whether to do law or pursue a career in science and I leave wondering whether to do Physics, Chemistry or Engineering. The discovery awards programme has shown me the importance of R & […]

Oct
16

Science Learning Hub

Content is quite interactive and eye-catching, and is developed to support the needs of the current science curriculum.  Resources are directed at covering: contexts science stories nature of science and thinking tools In addition to written material, there are videos, images and interactive media, and it also considers teaching and learning approaches etc. Science Learning […]

Jul
13

Te Rōpū Āwhina

The MacDiarmid Institute sponsors Te Rōpū Āwhina whānau in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington, which was established in 1999. The kaupapa of Āwhina is to produce Māori and Pacific scientists, technologists, engineers, architects and designers to contribute to Māori and Pacific community development and leadership. Te Rōpū […]

Jul
13

Physics Teachers’ Resource Bank

New Zealand Physics Teachers’ Resource Bank is where you will find lots of ideas for physics classroom demonstrations and activities specifically designed for the New Zealand physics and science curriculum from secondary school to university. Our History The New Zealand Physics Teachers’ Resource Bank has been supporting New Zealand physics and science teachers since 2004. […]

The World of Pounamu

What if, in 2022, everyone in New Zealand could use science as easily as they can use a computer now? What would you create? Who would you work with? What would you invest in? What problems would you solve? What would you help to change?   The Scenario Pounamu is set in 2022, in a […]

Science in 2022

What if, in 2022, everyone in New Zealand could use science as easily as they can use a computer now? What would you create? Who would you work with? What would you invest in? What problems would you solve? What would you help to change?   Sequencing an individual’s DNA 10 years ago, it took […]

Taking the Pounamu conversation forward

What if, in 2022, everyone in New Zealand could use science as easily as they can use a computer now? What would you create? Who would you work with? What would you invest in? What problems would you solve? What would you help to change? Creating a better future for New Zealand   On 7 […]

Jan
19

Summer Nano in Wellington

Every summer, a group of top science students from across the country is hosted at one of our six partner organisations. Participants are selected from a large number of applications (55 were received this year) based on their academic standing, a written essay, and recommendations from their science teachers. The 2012 contingent comprises students from […]

Jan
01

Asian Science Camp 2009

The MacDiarmid Institute sponsored two students to attend the Asian Science Camp held in Tsukuba in August this year, they are Georgia Stewart, Wellington East Girls’ College and Hugh McHugh, Lindisfarne College, Hawkes Bay. I spent a week attending lectures given by Nobel laureates on subjects as diverse as ‘astronomical telescopes’ and ‘symmetry in physics,’ […]

Mar
24

Dr Michelle Dickinson – Nanogirl at the Auckland Arts Festival

MacDiarmid Institute Associate Investigator Dr Michelle Dickinson performed as her alter ego “Nanogirl” in the Auckland Arts Festival as part of ‘Think Science Day”. We sent along a number of Auckland Primary School teachers who had participated in Kōrero with Scientists programme, and one of them, Kelsy Fletcher contributed the the following review. On Saturday 14th […]

Inspired by science

  In collaboration with educators from across the sector TheWaterGenie, a water management system that will allow households using rainwater tanks to better manage their use, has been working on a range of resources and projects that will further encourage an understanding of, and passion for science in the wider community.  THE LEARNING HUB on The MacDiarmid […]

Our Outreach

Jan
28

Discovery Awards

Discovery Awards are sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute, and give high school students a residential laboratory experience at either Victoria University or the University of Auckland, and aims to encourage the pupils to continue on to university study.

Jan
27

Nanocamp

Nanocamp is an annual summer programme run by the MacDiarmid Institute to introduce high school students to nanoscience and advanced materials.