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Ph: 03 466 4600

Fax: 03 456 3103
44 Teviot Street

P O Box 2391

South Dunedin, 9012



Science Works


Science Works connects  year 9 and 10 students from Dunedin with innovative businesses in the science and technology sector to provide inspirational, behind-the-scenes experiences of Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM)-based careers before students make their important year 11 NCEA subject decisions. Science Works aims to create ‘science choosers’ by revealing exciting STEM-based career pathways that are tailored to each student’s existing skills and strengths, and increase students’ engagement with STEM education through a contextualised look at how STEM fits with attainable careers in computing, manufacturing, agriculture, conservation, aviation, electronics, tourism and many more skilled career pathways.


Aims and Outcomes

  • There is a shortage of young people pursing STEM-based education and career pathways and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly underrepresented.
  • The transition from the compulsory to the post-compulsory school curriculum is a significant drop-off point in STEM education and career pathways, and many students who opt out at this point often don’t re-enter in senior secondary school or tertiary education.
  • A critical transition moment is the year 11 NCEA subject decisions that students make at the end of year 10. Students who see science in a real world context and who identify
  • STEM-based career options are more likely to pursue STEM subjects in year 11 and beyond.
  • Science Works will develop an interest in the practical applications of STEM in exciting local workplaces and inspire students to consider STEM-based education and career pathways.
  • Science Works will also create a STEM career resource to provide students from Otago schools with a contextualised guide to the career options that exist within the Otago region.

Science Works will result in:

  • Increased enrolments in STEM-based year 11 NCEA subjects.
  • Increased understanding of the practical applications for STEM.
  • The creation of STEM-related education and career goals.
  • Increased engagement with science and technology generally.


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Science Works is funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment's Unlocking Curious Minds initiative.

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