The cost for Hands-On at Otago is $675 which covers accommodation, meals, tuition, and course materials. Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are outlined below.
Hands-On at Otago is fully residential. Full board for all participants is provided at Arana College and Studholme College - both comfortable Residential Colleges adjacent to the University. Accommodation is provided from Sunday afternoon 14 January until Friday afternoon 19 January. This includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), bed, bedding and towels. If you need to stay an extra night for whatever reason we can arrange that too. (Sometimes that extra night - at a cost of $80 - saves many hundreds in airfares…)
Students who are Deaf or who have a disability are encouraged to attend Hands-On at Otago. Assistance, including sign language interpreting support, note-takers and laboratory or fieldwork assistance, is available to students who require it. All Hands-On at Otago participants are expected to live in Arana or Studholme for the week. Assistance can be provided with both mobility and personal care for those who require this. Students requiring any form of assistance need to notify Sandra Copeland (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by 20th October about their particular requirements so that we can endeavour to assist. Sponsorship for students who have a disability is outlined below.
Sponsorship, Awards and Scholarships
Service club sponsorship: Rotary, Lions club, etc.
Many students who attend Hands-On at Otago are able to obtain either full or partial sponsorship. If students require financial assistance, we suggest they contact a local service group (such as Rotary) or their School Board of Trustees. Teachers or school principals may be able to provide assistance in approaching these groups. Please note it is important to start this process when you register for Hands-On at Otago as it takes some time and you need to have funding arranged before payment is due in early December.
Each year the Division of Sciences at Otago awards two places at Hands-On at Otago, to the 2nd and 3rd place-getters at the South Island Brain Bee finals. (The overall winner travels to Australia for the Australasian final). These two Brain Bee awards cover registration and travel to and from Dunedin for the camp.
Regional Science Fairs
Canon sponsors prizes at 14 regional science fairs across the country - the prize being a place at Hands-On at Otago. While Canon generously sponsors the place for each regional winner of the "Best Application of Scientific Method", the Division of Sciences covers travel for the winners to and from the camp, so once again everything is covered.
Mana Pounamu awards
The Mana Pounamu awards celebrate young Māori achievement across the Otago region, and each year three places at Hands-On at Otago are awarded to outstanding young people heading into Year 12 or 13 the following year.
All of these scholarships and grants require the same application form. Simply state on the form which scholarship you are applying for. Applications for Scholarships close on Friday 22 September 2017. These should be sent in with the full Hands-On at Otago application form.
Disability Information and Support Grants
Grants have been made available by the University of Otago Disability Information and Support Office, for students who have a disability, impairment or medical condition. Students who have a disability, impairment or medical condition should discuss application for these grants with your school's Careers Adviser, who has been sent details about Hands-On at Otago. The grants available cover registration and travel.
Ngā mahi-a-ringa Pūtaiao scholarships
Grants have been made available by the University of Otago, for students of Māori descent who wish to participate in Science projects. Students who are of Māori descent should discuss application for these grants with the Head of their Science Department, who has been sent details about Hands-On at Otago.
To apply for a Ngā mahi-a-ringa Pūtaiao scholarship students need to complete an Application form. The student needs to explain why they feel they deserve the scholarship, and give an indication of the benefits they expect to gain from participation in Hands-On at Otago. A letter of support from their science teacher should also be included. The scholarships cover both registration and travel.
Pacific Islands Scholarships
There are full scholarships available for students of Pacific Islands descent - these will cover registration and travel. Please complete the application form as well as the Hands-On at Otago registration. These scholarships are open to students applying for any project in Hands-On at Otago.
Whai Wheako scholarships for Māori students
Some scholarships have been made available by the University of Otago for students of Māori descent wishing to attend Hands-On at Otago for Humanities or Business projects. Students wishing to apply should discuss these with their School's Careers Adviser who will have information about Hands-On at Otago. The scholarships will cover registration and travel to and from Hands-On at Otago.