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 Everyone has a question - what's yours? If you had MONEY and EXPERTS to help, could you answer it?


How to apply

Currently closed for submissions, but get in touch for a head start on future projects!

STEP 1: Download, fill out and submit your Expression of Interest

 2019 Expression of Interest form 

 SouthSci Info Booklet 

STEP 2: We will give you feedback and send you the full application form

STEP 3: Send us your completed full application form by 3rd May. 

Please note that we are currently closed to submissions.

SouthSci project manager Dr Sarah Morgan is waiting to help - contact her on STEM@cometauckland.org.nz


Who can get involved?

Applicants and projects must be based within or have access to the south Auckland areas on the map. 

Every project must be a collaboration between the community, educators, science or STEM professionals, and young people.

Community means community groups, schools, iwi, Pasifika organisations, businesses and science education professionals who work with children and young people. 


How much money can we apply for? 

You can apply for up to $20,000 for a project.




What is SouthSci?

SouthSci is a participatory science platform in south Auckland.

It is a new way of connecting schools and communities with science by supporting them to develop research projects around questions that matter to them.

We aim to show our young people the value of science skills and to highlight career pathways through collaborations with local science businesses, researchers and technicians.


Monitoring microbes in one of Auckland’s most polluted streams using cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology is our first SouthSci project funded in 2019.




We funded 11 SouthSci projects in south Auckland in 2018 with topics ranging from from edible insects and bioplastics, to raising queen bees and ‘smart’ recycling bins that signal when they’re full.


Astronomical playground

Papakura Intermediate students are designing, prototyping and building a playground using Māori astronomy.



Boosting bees

There's a real buzz around science at Pukeoware School thanks to student beekeepers at Waiuku College, who are investigating cloning queen bees. 



Raising longfin eels

Ngāti Pāoa and Pt England School are using the Māori lunar calendar, Te Maramataka, to improve the breeding rates of endemic, endangered longfin eels.



Can we design a water self-sufficient living space for an Auckland family? That was the challenge for 90 students at Willowbank School.


Projects 2015-17

During our first three years we funded 24 projects.  

Find out all about them in our SouthSci Showcase 2015-17.  






Want to know more?

Dr Sarah Morgan, Project Manager

Sarah's job is to answer any and all questions about the project, so don’t be shy about asking!

She has a background in research science and can help you find plenty of experts to work with. Sarah will also be working with the project teams who are funded.

If you have any questions about current or potential projects, email Sarah at STEM@cometauckland.org.nz 


August 2019

The SouthSci model of science pedagogy is a crossdisciplinary method of learning about science through projects.

It opens doors for extending your engaged students, and interesting your disengaged students.



SouthSci is co-hosted by COMET Auckland and the STEM Alliance Aotearoa


SouthSci is one of three regional initiatives under A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.