We’re excited to announce more detail around our new programme for schools – The Wonder Project – which officially launches to New Zealand schools in 2019.
Our primary mission with The Wonder Project is to get Kiwi kids really excited about science, technology, engineering and maths. We want to spark wonder and curiosity from a young age; getting them thinking about the boundless possibilities for their futures and, most importantly, believing they can achieve amazing things!
The project includes a family of student-led programmes, each designed to knit into the school curriculum. Each programme is supported by a Wonder Project Ambassador – an enthusiastic industry professional – to guide and inspire students throughout their learning journey.
The Wonder Project curriculum includes:
- The Wonder Project Rocket Challenge – a rocket building project for year 5–8. Students design, refine and build their own rocket, learning all about Newton’s Laws along the way.
- The Wonder Project Community Challenge – a community-driven STEM challenge for year 7–10. This challenge tasks students with solving a community issue using technology, innovation and their own genius.
- Wonder Project Careers for year 11–13 – exposing students to the myriad of job opportunities in the amazing world of STEM. Wonder Project Ambassadors go into schools, to open kids’ eyes to the enormous opportunities available to them.
At the moment we’re finishing up a pilot for The Wonder Project Rocket Challenge. This has involved working with schools to develop and refine the challenge to ensure it’s the best it can be. What better way to make sure we’ve got it right, than to hear directly from the students themselves.
My students and I have really enjoyed the whole programme. We have been able to learn together and make mistakes together. The whole hands on experience has been great.
– Teacher involved with The Wonder Project pilot programme, Term 2, 2018
Our goal is to roll the Rocket Challenge out to all New Zealand schools in 2019!
Stay tuned for more.