Applications for Innovative Young Minds Online and Residential 2021 are open!

Applications for Innovative Young Minds (IYM) 2021 are now open. Founded by Hutt City Council and Rotary Hutt City, IYM offers young women in years 11 and 12 the opportunity to learn about the wide range of research and career opportunities available in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and high-tech manufacturing).

IYM Lunch with PM Science Advisor, 2019

IYM is excited to announce two inspiring programmes in 2021 for young women:

  • IYM Online will take place in the first week of the April school holidays over five half-day sessions. 
  • IYM Residential is a six-day residential programme based at Silverstream Retreat in Lower Hutt during the first week of the July school holidays.

Young women from the Greater Wellington Region are eligible to apply for either IYM Online or IYM Residential depending on their preference.  Thanks to our generous partners we are able to subsidise the cost of attending both courses to keep them open and accessible.

On both programmes, participants will experience eye-opening and inspiring science and technology content in the most interactive way possible through:

  • Tours of laboratories and other spaces in universities, Crown Research Institutes and businesses.
  • Interactive sessions where researchers and innovators showcase their research and work.
  • Inspiring career panels led by women working in STEMM.
  • Hands-on science and technology activities.
  • Team-building and networking sessions.
  • An Innovation Challenge where participants work in teams led by industry expert mentors.

IYM’s programmes are only open to young women, because females are underrepresented in the STEMM sector. IYM is looking for students who are interested in STEMM subjects so that we can inspire and build their confidence to hopefully pursue these subjects further.

IYM at GNS, 2018

IYM provides an unrivalled opportunity for Lower Hutt-based business and organisations to showcase their work and research to potential employees and demonstrate the exciting opportunities available in their fields. To find out more about IYM and how to be involved, visit

If you would like to sponsor a student to attend please email

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