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Support Women in STEM by buying an experience

Support Women in STEM by buying an experience

If you’ve ever wanted to do kitchen science with Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson, talk microbiology with Dr Siouxsie Wiles, go bug hunting with the Bug Man Ruud Kleinpaste, hang out on the set of TVNZ Breakfast with Jack Tame, or tour a scientific research vessel, now’s your chance.

The Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) is running a series of TradeMe auctions offering these experiences as part of its fundraising efforts.

The TradeMe auctions will all end on the evening of 11 October, coinciding with the culmination of the hunt for the AWIS National Quiz Champion, a simultaneous quiz night at five venues nationwide.

AWIS is hoping to raise $30,000 to fund its Women in STEM scholarship until 2022. The scholarship, managed by the New Horizons for Women Trust, supports women studying science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects at tertiary level, particularly those whose social identity is under-represented in their field of study.

How you can help:

Bid on the auctions at

Enter a team in the National Quiz, being held in Auckland, Wellington, Tasman, Christchurch or Dunedin on 11 October, at

Donate online at

Thanks to Michelle and the team at Nanogirl Labs, Siouxsie, Ruud, Jack and NIWA for their generosity in being TradeMe items. Also thanks to the National Quiz sponsor, University of Otago, and regional sponsors the Dodd Walls Centre and Cawthron Institute, as well as all sponsors of silent auctions items at the quiz nights.

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