Updated: Nov 1, 2021
The Participatory Science Platform (PSP) is an initiative that aims to engage communities in research projects that are locally relevant and have robust science and technology outputs with quality learning outcomes.
The premise of the PSP is that all New Zealanders should feel encouraged and equipped to deal with the challenges and opportunities presented by science and technology. We also need a learning environment that helps New Zealanders to use our natural curiosity to interrogate, decide on and make the most of new developments and technologies.
The programme is part of MBIE’s A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara initiative, and has been running in 3 regions – Otago, Taranaki, and south Auckland – since 2016. It works by bringing together STEM professionals, students and community to work together on year-long science research or design projects. Each project receives up to $20,000 in funding and project support, to enable participants to have access to the resources they need to solve their problem.
Participatory Science projects build a true partnership between the scientists or technologists and the broader community. This leads to deeper engagement and longer-lasting impacts, both for the learners who gain new knowledge and real-world STEM experiences and for the STEM businesses and professionals who support this programme.
To find out what south Auckland learners and STEM professionals have been investigating, check out the latest showcase document here or check out the SouthSci website.