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Competitions, Opportunities

(We welcome any suggestions for additional opportunities).


Spaceward Bound New Zealand 2014
Spaceward Bound is coming to New Zealand! Join local and international experts whose research could contribute to the exploration of other planets. Spaceward Bound New Zealand will explore unique geological features and life forms in the North Island of New Zealand.  This hands-on field based expedition will run January 16-21, 2015. The unique and exciting programme is aligned with the NZ science curriculum and is aimed at university students, secondary teachers and students from New Zealand schools. Go here.

Realise the Dream
is a national event which rewards 20 secondary school students. All students who have been selected for Realise the Dream will have undertaken an excellent science/technology/engineering project. Realise the Dream runs over one week in December. Throughout the week students will be hosted by various scientific/engineering organisations as well as partake in team activities. The piece of work needs to be nominated by a teacher or by a regional science or technology fair, CREST or Brightsparks programme. Nominations usually close in October.
Go here or for more information contact Jessie Mc Kenzie, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Royal SocietyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Aurora Astronomy School
The Aurora Astronomy School took place at the University of Canterbury in 2014 during the Easter holidays. The free  camp was aimed at Year 13 students. It was held both at the Ilam campus and at Mt John Observatory in Tekapo.
The programme contained a mix of seminars and practical work.

Applications usually close in early March and students will need the approval of their school before submission.
Make enquiries for future programmes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Primary Science Week
Primary Science Week is an opportunity for all New Zealand primary schools to engage in science teaching and learning.
In 2014 Primary Science week has the motto "Out of this World". It was held from 19 to 23 May 2014.
More information for 2015 on the Stardome website here,
and on the Royal Society website here.

Space Camp NZ 2014
South Canterbury Astronomers Group organised Space Camp 2014 at Raincliff Youth Camp, South Canterbury, New Zealand, from 19 to 21 September 2014.
They offered Speakers, Workshops, Solar & Night Sky Observing, and activities for beginners to the more experienced astronomer.
Find details on future Space Camps here.


International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)
The idea for the IOAA arose among representatives of Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, China and Poland attending the International Physics Olympiad, both as a high-standard competition for high-school students and as a means to promote astronomy and astrophysics in education. The first IOAA was held in Thailand in 2007, followed annually by events in Indonesia, Iran, China, Poland and Brazil.

The 7th IOAA was held in Greece in 2013. Link
The 8th IOAA was held in Romania in 2014. Link (currently a dead link)

A New Zealand team went to Greece. link here
The current Statutes can be downloaded here
Download previous tests here

For information on future Oplympiads contact us.

International Senior Secondary (General) Science Opportunities
The Royal Society of New Zealand offers International opportunities for senior secondary school students who are passionate about science.
In 2014 there was a possibility to take part in the USA International Space Camp, Huntsville, Alabama. This was open to Yr12 and Yr13 students with an interest and passion for astronomy and for participating in an international gathering. At least 60% of costs was covered by the Talented School Students Travel Award which includes international travel, accommodation and registration costs.

See a list of International Science Opportunities for Yr12 and Yr13 Students on the Royal Society website here