Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Open Polytechnic looking forward to Hutt STEMM Festival

Open Polytechnic looking forward to Hutt STEMM Festival

For the second year, Open Polytechnic, New Zealand’s largest provider of online and distance learning at tertiary level, is proud to support the Hutt STEMM Festival taking place from Saturday 4th –Sunday 12th June 2016 at venues around the Hutt Valley.

The Hutt STEMM Festival brings the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing sectors together to host a range of events to share their knowledge and expertise with the local community.

On Saturday, 4 June from 10-11am, Open Polytechnic lecturer Associate Professor Gary Mersham will host a session at the Dowse Art Museum introducing guests to equity, reward and donation-based crowdfunding as well as the recent introduction of crowd lending. “By introducing a very user-friendly crowdfunding regime in 2012, New Zealand has become one of the most innovative crowdfunding countries in the world’” says Professor Mersham. “Equity crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending , crowd lending and angel investment are setting new records, transforming capital raising for start-ups, small-to-medium enterprises (SME’s) and larger businesses as well as supporting numerous good causes.”

Open Polytechnic will also be present alongside their partners in the Hutt Valley Science Education Network (GNS Science and Hutt Science Centre) at the STEMM Education Expo at the Dowse from 3.30pm – 5.30pm on Wednesday 8th June. Open Polytechnic will be sharing information about distance learning qualifications on offer in technology, and primary mathematics and science teaching for practising teachers.

“Our fee free Graduate programmes in primary science and mathematics teaching help learners gain confidence in teaching these important subjects to young children,” says Dr Lily Belabun, Head of School of Science, Technology and Engineering at Open Polytechnic. “Lower Hutt teachers who want to learn about science are also able to apply for the Hutt City Mayoral Scholarship to gain up to $2,500 for their school to use for science resources, which is a fantastic benefit for local teachers.”

Open Polytechnic will also be represented at the Technology Valley Awards on 9 June, which are included in the Festival. Open Polytechnic is a finalist in the STEMM Project of the Year category for its innovative online learning platform, iQualify.

For more information on the Hutt STEMM Festival, visit


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Facebook Announces New Changes: Combating Hate And Extremism

Some of these changes predate the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, but that attack, and the global response to it in the form of the Christchurch Call to Action, has strongly influenced the recent updates to our policies and their enforcement. More>>

Amazon Confirms: Lord Of The Rings Series To Shoot In NZ

Amazon Studios announced today that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings will shoot in New Zealand. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months. More>>


Birds: Dunedin's Bells Ring As City Celebrates Its Albatross

The city's churches, schools and public buildings bells would chime in unison from 1pm, in what has been a long-standing tradition marking the return of the birds - and a farewell to this season's albatross chicks. More>>

Oscar Buzz: Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Wins People's Choice Award At Toronto

Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit has nabbed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at the close of Toronto International Film Festival. More>>


Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland