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House of Science Tauranga gets great ‘reaction’

House of Science Tauranga gets great ‘reaction’

House of Science Tauranga scooped the Supreme Award at the 2015 Trustpower Tauranga Community Awards last night.

The Awards were announced and presented last night (Monday, August 31) at the Tauranga Golf Club in front of almost 120 spectators, the majority of whom are also volunteers.

Representatives of House of Science Tauranga received, on behalf of their group, a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 in prize money. These folks also will have the opportunity to represent their region at the 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards, being held in Dunedin next March.

In total, Trustpower gave away over $5,000 to various community groups through the awards last night.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the House of Science Tauranga is effectively a group of people passionate about resourcing and connecting the local science community.
“By enriching science education across the Bay they hope to increase the number and quality of students engaged with science. They achieve this by creating and delivering fantastic resources to schools right across the community, offering a tutoring service to students and professional development courses for all teachers.
“They also run a robotics club and popular after school and holiday programmes for youth. These opportunities to upskill are taken up by around 100 families and 120 teachers per term.
“Behind the scenes of this successful operation are 35 volunteers who, combined, contribute around 500 hours a month. In fact it’s been so successful that through no marketing, other branches of House of Science have begun across the North Island”, says Somerville.
Tauranga City Mayor Stuart Crosby says House of Science Tauranga are inspiring future leaders in an industry calling out for more qualified professionals.
“House of Science Tauranga is a really unique model that is producing remarkable results across the Bay. It’s wonderful to be able to acknowledge the committed volunteers who make this all happen”, says Mayor Crosby.
The competition for this year’s Awards was strong with a solid 52 entries received.

Category Winners:

Heritage and Environment
Winner: Tauranga Classic Flyers Volunteers

Health and Well Being
Winner: Bay of Plenty District Health Board volunteers
Runner-up: Bellyful Tauranga
Commendation: Brookfield Community Centre Services
Commendation: Papamoa Surf Lifesaving

Arts and Culture
Winner: The Incubator
Runner-up: Volunteer Western Bay of Plenty
Commendation: Bethlehem Baptist Church

Sports and Leisure
Winner: Otumoetai Swimming Club Committee
Runner-up: Mount Maunganui Junior Football Club

Education and Child Youth Development
Winner: TEDxTauranga
Runner-up: Greerton Lions

Supreme Winner
House of Science Tauranga

Youth Community Spirit Award
Jacques Glover of Otumoetai College, Winner
Sophie Shrimpton of Tauranga Girls’ College, Finalist
Olivia Johnson of Mount Maunganui College, Finalist
Danielle Mourits of Aquinas College, Finalist


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