Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Announcing the Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy

13 September 2012

Announcing the Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy

The National Science-Technology Roadshow Trust (the Trust) has launched the Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy – a programme to combat shortfalls in science teaching in New Zealand. Reports from the Education Review Office released this year and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor (2011) concluded that many of our school students are missing out on opportunities in science.

“Our vision for the Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy is to create a cohort of teachers who celebrate science and inspire their students to learn and explore their world through science.” says Associate Professor Richard Hartshorn, Chair of the Trust, which has literally taken science into New Zealand schools for the past 24 years.

The Academy provides a four-day live-in programme aimed at giving primary and intermediate teachers the techniques and skills to confidently guide and inspire children’s natural curiosity in science. The pilot Academy, being held in Matakana near Auckland, from 18-21 September, is fully booked with 22 primary and intermediate teachers.

“We believe we can build, enhance, and sustain both their confidence and enthusiasm for science teaching,” says Hartshorn.

New Zealander of the Year in 2011 and one of our best-known scientists, Sir Paul Callaghan said: “You don’t need to teach a child curiosity. Curiosity is innate. You just have to be careful not to squash it. The challenge for the teacher is to foster and guide that curiosity.”

Sir Paul was a visionary and passionate advocate of science and its contribution to the economy. One of his many legacies was to endorse and give his name to the Academy.

Ultimately the Academy will be part of the strategy to improve New Zealand’s future prosperity - by creating a more “science-savvy” population, as well as more science graduates and skilled people for the workforce.

“The challenge facing New Zealand is greater than any single organisation can confront, however we believe a very good place to start is by laying a strong foundation for our youth,” says Hartshorn.

The Trust is engaging with business, industry, government and research organisations to gain input and support for the Academy. The inaugural Academy is being principally funded by the Trust with further support from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Science and Innovation Group, formerly the Ministry of Science and Innovation, as well as the David Levene Foundation.

Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata will be officiating at the closing ceremony of the inaugural Academy next week.

For further information, please go to www.scienceacademy.co.nz

Background on the Trust
Since 1988 the National Science-Technology Roadshow Trust (the Trust) has been operating science programmes to schools, providing exhibitions, consultancy services and other educational resources annually reaching over 200,000 people. Each year its school education programmes alone directly reach more than 53,000 students and teachers from more than 700 schools.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Trade Agreements: TPP Minus US Starting To Gain Ground

The Japanese government is picking up the pace on reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment deal, with talks scheduled next month among the 11 countries left in the pact after the withdrawal by the US after the election of president Donald Trump. More>>

ALSO:

PACER:

Prices Up 2.2%: Annual Inflation Highest In Over Five Years

"Rising petrol prices along with the annual rise in cigarette and tobacco tax lifted inflation," prices senior manager Jason Attewell said. "Petrol prices in New Zealand are closely linked to global oil prices, and cigarettes and tobacco taxes rise in the March quarter each year". More>>

ALSO:

Undertaxed? NZ Income Tax Rate Second Lowest Among Developed Nations

New Zealand workers pay the second smallest portion of their income to the government among developed nations and less than half the average ratio of their Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development peers. More>>

ALSO:

Cyclone Cook: Round Up Of This Week’s Weather

One of the significant impacts this week was flooding due to excessive rainfall amounts. Rainfall amounts topped out at 350mm over the past 60 hours in parts of northwest Nelson, with 200mm+ measurements recorded about Coromandel Peninsula, and between 150-200mm in the Kaimai Ranges. Rainfall amounts of between 30-50mm were commonplace elsewhere. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier: Batten Down The Hatches For Cyclone Cook

Although fast-moving, Cyclone Cook will be destructive and MetService Expert Meteorologists have issued Severe Wind Warnings for the whole of the North Island apart from Northland... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news