The MacDiarmid Institute has an ongoing partnership with Tauranga-based charity, House of Science, which is passionate about raising scientific literacy by providing inspiring resources to schools and teachers.
This partnership has enabled us to extend the reach of our Kōrero to many more students and teachers.
The House of Science resources include MacDiarmid Institute Nano-Chem boxes, which introduce students and teachers to polymerisation, crystallisation and hydrophobic surfaces.
The boxes are available at House of Science branches from Auckland through to Nelson. In 2018 they were used in 238 classrooms, reaching more than 9500 primary school students.
It is extremely rewarding seeing students so engaged with the hands-on science experiments – hopefully some of these budding scientists will join us at the MacDiarmid Institute in the future.
10 kits in circulation
238 classrooms used a Nano-Chem kit in 2018
Over 9,500 primary school students, including...
2,800 (30%) Maori,
and 760 (8%) Pasifika students
This was an awesome box. I have never before had kids running because we were doing science.... Total engagement and had kids wanting to know if they could buy the kit....Teacher comments about the MacDiarmid Institute Nano-Chem box