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Science extension and enrichment programmes

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The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) offers a series of opportunities for gifted learners from southern NZ secondary schools to take part in a science research programme based at the Portobello Marine Laboratory (University of Otago). You’ll experience an authentic research context, a unique learning environment (laboratory and research vessel) alongside other gifted students to extend your skills, enrich your understanding and foster a knowledge building community. The programmes cater to a range of ages, levels and support.

Science Extension programmes will still go ahead under Alert Level 2 but students enrolled in residential programmes must arrange their own accommodation. NZMSC may be able to provide assistance if required. All onsite programmes will be cancelled at Alert Level 3 and 4 but we also offer an online course for students keen on marine science (see more below).

What you’ll be doing: You’ll get a chance to focus on an in-depth research project that blends marine science and the nature of science.

How long it lasts: Programmes range from 4 to 8 days in duration. Please see programme schedule below for more information.

You will need: to be self-directed and highly motivated. Each application needs to be accompanied by a student profile and an endorsement completed by a teacher (or parent in some circumstances). A small cost will be charged to attend to ensure your commitment. The fee will be waived if this is a barrier to you participating. There is no cost for accommodation but the cost and organization of transport to and from the NZMSC will be the responsibility of your school/parents and some contribution to meals (lunches and dinners) is expected. Participants are notified of details on acceptance to the programme.

Programme plans 2021

In 2021, we are offering 11 science extension programmes, including five residential programmes. Supervised and directed by our educators, these residential programmes involve in-depth and wide-ranging field and laboratory experiences, as well as mentoring by postgraduate research students in a supportive and friendly environment. Like minds living and working together develop an enriching, knowledge-building community.

Costs

The 2021 programme is offered at a reduced cost of $10/day per participant, thanks to Ministry of Education funding for gifted learners. Residential programmes include accommodation and boat transfers to Quarantine Island. Schools will be invoiced after the student selection process is complete, and it will be up to schools to determine the allocation of those costs.

Selection process

Due to limited capacity, allocation of places on these programmes will involve a selection process. Although some priority may be given to schools who have shown particular interest in the past, we are keen to attract new schools’ involvement. Each school is expected to use at least three identification criteria to determine up to three applicants to commit fully to the relevant programme.

For information on identifying giftedness please visit gifted.tki.org.nz

Application process

Application forms are available online. Please make sure both forms are filled out for an applicant to ensure consideration into a programme. Application deadline is 6 weeks before programme start.

Hard copies of the applications can also be arranged by contacting:

Email portobello.marinescience@otago.ac.nz

These can be posted in the mail to the New Zealand Marine Science Centre, 185 Hatchery Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014.

Terms 1 and 2

Year 10 Programmes

Making Sense of the Marine World

Open to Year 10 students who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or gifted (not necessarily in the sciences). Programmes 1 and 2 are both residential.
Schools are offered places in either Programme 1 or Programme 2

Programme 1  (predominantly Otago, Canterbury, Westland, Nelson/Marlborough)

Closing date for applications: 17 March 2021

8 days:
Wednesday 28 April to Friday 30 April 2021
Thursday 27 May to Saturday 29 May 2021
Friday 11 June and Saturday 12 June 2021

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: $80 ($92 inc. gst) per participant

Programme 2  (predominantly Otago, Westland, Southland)

Extended closing date for applications: 11 April 2021

8 days:
Wednesday 12 May to Friday 14 May 2021
Thursday 3 June to Saturday 5 June 2021
Friday 25 June and Saturday 26 June 2021

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: $80 ($92 inc. gst) per participant

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Year 9–10 Programme

Moana Explorer - Stories of Change - NEW

Extended closing date for applications: 22 April 2021

Open to Year 9 and 10 Pasifika students who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or are gifted – not necessarily in the sciences (e.g. have strong leadership and social skills, cultural specific abilities, sporting and/or creative skills). This programme is an ideal extension for those that have participated in the primary programme “Mapu Kimi-Ara Pasifika”.

3 days:  Wednesday 5 May to Friday 7 May 2021

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: $30 ($34.50 inc. gst) per participant

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Year 11 and 12 Programme

Deep Thought Expedition

Closing date for applications: 25 May 2021

Open to Year 11 and 12 students who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or are gifted (not necessarily in the sciences). This programme is an ideal extension for those that have participated in the Year 10 programme “Making Sense of the Marine World”. This is a residential programme.

5 days: Tuesday 6 July to Saturday 10 July 2021

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: $50 ($57.50 inc. gst) per participant

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Terms 3 and 4

Year 9 Programme for Māori Students

Te Ara Wai Ki Te Oranga

Closing date for applications: 10 October 2021

Open to Year 9 Māori students (in the Dunedin area) who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or are gifted – not necessarily in the sciences (e.g. have strong leadership and social skills, cultural specific abilities, sporting and/or creative skills).
This programme is supported by three University of Otago departments/schools: Health Sciences (Te Tangata), Sport and Exercise Sciences (Te he Māoriora) and Marine Science (Te Taonga Moana). This is not a residential programme.

5 days: Dates TBC - This programme cannot run at Level 2

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: $50 ($57.50 inc. gst) per participant 

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Year 10 Programme for Māori Students

Te Rauawa o te Pahī

Closing date for applications: 10 October 2021

Open to Year 10 Māori students who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or are gifted – not necessarily in the sciences (e.g. have strong leadership and social skills, cultural specific abilities, sporting and/or creative skills). This programme is an ideal extension for those that have participated in the Year 9 programme “Te Ara Wai ki te Oranga”. This is a residential programme.

4 days:

Monday 15 November to Thursday 18 November 2021

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: $60 ($69 inc. gst) per participant

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Year 11 and 12 Programme for Māori Students

Rangatahi o te Moana

Closing date for applications: 12 July 2021

Open to Year 11 and 12 students who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or are gifted – not necessarily in the sciences (e.g. have strong leadership and social skills, cultural specific abilities, sporting and/or creative skills). This programme is an ideal extension for those that have participated in the Year 10 programme “Te Rauawa o te Pahī”. This is a residential programme.

5 days:  Monday 9 August to Friday 13 August 2021

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: $50 ($57.50 inc. gst) per participant

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Nelson programme

Year 9/10 Nelson Secondary Programme - NEW

Aquanauts: Spying on the Depths

Closing date for applications: 15 August 2021

Open to Year 9 and 10 students (in the Nelson Area), who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or gifted – not necessarily in the sciences (e.g. have strong leadership and social skills, cultural specific abilities, sporting and/or creative skills).

5 days - Monday 18 to Friday 22 October 2021

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: $50 ($ 57.50 inc. gst) per participant

Download details of the Year 9-10 Secondary Programme (Nelson) (PDF)

Apply by filling out our application forms online. (Links can be found above under Application Process.)

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Primary programmes

Year 6, 7 and 8 Primary Programme

Science and the Sea

Open to Year 6, 7 and 8 students (in the Dunedin Area), who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or gifted – not necessarily in the sciences (e.g. have strong leadership and social skills, cultural specific abilities, sporting and/or creative skills). This is not a residential programme.

4 days:  Thursday 16, Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Thursday 30 September 2021

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 202 : $40 ($46 inc. gst) per participant

Download Year 6-8 Science and the Sea information (PDF)

Appy by downloading and filling out the application frms below:

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Year 6, 7 and 8 Primary Programmes for Pasifika students

Mapu Kimi-Ara Pasifika

Closing date for applications: 29 September 2021

Open to Year 6, 7 and 8 Pasifika students (in the Dunedin Area), who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or gifted – not necessarily in the sciences (e.g. have strong leadership and social skills, cultural specific abilities, sporting and/or creative skills). This is not a residential programme.

4 days:  Thursday 28 October and 4, 11, 18 November 2021

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: Free of charge thanks to the Ministry of Education

Download Year 6-8 Pasifika Programme (Dunedin) information (PDF)

Apply by downloading and filling out the application forms below:

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Mapu Kimi-Ara Pasifika (Oamaru) - NEW

Please contact us if you are interested in this programme

Rescheduled due to Covid-19 - Dates TBC

Open to Year 6, 7 and 8 Pasifika students (in the Oamaru Area), who are able and enthusiastic about science, and/or gifted – not necessarily in the sciences (e.g. have strong leadership and social skills, cultural specific abilities, sporting and/or creative skills). This is not a residential programme.

3 days:  Dates TBC

Maximum 25 students (up to three students per school)
Programme cost in 2021: Free of charge thanks to the Ministry of Education

Download Year 6-8 Pasifika Programme (Oamaru) information (PDF)

Apply by downloading and filling out the application forms below:

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Customised science extension and enrichment programmes

We are now also accepting 2021 bookings for requested customised science enrichment programmes from individual schools and clusters (1, 2 or 3 days). Examples of customised programmes below:

Year 10 Programme

Making Sense of the Marine World Aids Survival and Enriches Lives

Introduction to key abiotic parameters of the marine world via senses and instruments. Exploring eld data gathering, boat-based and shore-based. Nature of teams, nature of science, higher order thinking in experimental design and practice, critique and communication. (1, 2 or 3 days)

Year 7 and 8 Programme

Biomimicry

Tackling human obstacles by looking into the natural world. Students will be challenged to come up with their own solutions while exploring physiological, morphological and behavioural adaptations of marine species. Science skills and tools; team research challenge. (1 or 2 days)


Year 9 to 12 Programme

The Litmus test

Exploration and enquiry into climate change in the marine world with particular focus on ocean acidification. (1 or 2 days)


Examples of customised programme types are found below:

Online programme

Our online programme is now available here:

Is There an Ocean in the House?

Watch the introduction to our online programme

If you have enquiries about the online programme, please contact:

Email portobello.marinescience@otago.ac.nz

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Contact

For science extension and enrichment programme enquiries and bookings, contact:

The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre
Tel +64 3 479 5826
Email portobello.marinescience@otago.ac.nz

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