Science and Tech – inspiring the next generation

Inspiring future generations to take up science and technology is a team of volunteers from across Lower Hutt taking resources to schools across the Hutt Valley.

Week in and week out for the past six years this team have worked to make the Hutt Science school programme happen. Their role is pivotal to the ongoing success and sustainability of the science resource kit library. On a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning they go around to all our member schools and pick up the science kits from the previous week, and return to our base at the Naenae Primary School Dental Clinic. Here the kits are replenished – cleaned, mended, and consumables topped up and then delivered to the schools who have booked for the next week.

Starting in 2015 with a handful of schools Hutt Science now have 56 schools across both Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt which is about 90% of all our primary and intermediate schools.

There is a core team of around 14 volunteers who have come from a range of backgrounds including teaching, science technician, electrician, builder, engineer, and students. They are a mix of retired, working, studying, and some working at home with children. They are from all over the Hutt Valley including Wainuiomata, Eastbourne, Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt with a number of the volunteers having been with us since the beginning.

In addition, some of the volunteers come in at various times to help keep all the equipment and resources in good order or take home for mending. They are also available to help out at a variety of other events such as the STEMM Student Challenge.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to this amazing bunch of dedicated, selfless workers.

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The Hutt Science team here pictured with Charlie and Boney Tony.

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