To increase young New Zealanders interest in STEM subjects and to foster young leaders who will through their knowledge of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, persuasive communication skills and their entrepreneurial vision will make "New Zealand, the most beautiful, stimulating and exciting place in the world in which to live".
To do this the Eureka! Trust has developed a pathway that starts with Junior Eureka! in years four to six, continues with the Eureka! Video Awards in years seven to thirteen and flows into the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards in years eleven to undergraduate. After completing the programme contestants can become part of the Eureka! Alumni
Age: Year 11 to Undergraduate
Format: Presentations with slides
The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards are a competition where contestants present speeches on a science, technology, engineering or mathematics idea of their choosing and how the idea will make New Zealand a better place. The competition gets students to investigate how big ideas from around the world could increase New Zealand's economic, environmental and social wealth and wellbeing.
Age: Year 7 to 13
Entry: Through your school or online
Format: A video up to 5 minutes in length
The Eureka! Video Awards are an opportunity for students to use digital media to communicate their understanding of science and technology. In preparing for the awards students will investigate how science and technology could be or is being applied to their local community.
Age: Year 4 to 8
Entry: Through your school
Format: Investigation with short group or individual presentations
Junior Eureka! introduces students to how science and technology is being applied in their local community. The programme also gets students accustomed to talking about science and technology with their friends, family and classmates.
Francis Wevers sat down with Jo Hawthorne of Wellesley College to talk about what they got out of Junior Eurkea
Francis sat down with Gill MacDonald, the head of the science department at Scots College, to talk about her experience of running the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards at Scots College.
"I would thoroughly recommend the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards to any student. The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards was a fantastic opportunity where I met other passionate like-minded youth and spread awareness about the importance of diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) fields. The Eureka! awards were exciting, inspiring, challenging, and just plain awesome!"
"My association with the Awards has provided me with a number of opportunities, including the chance to participate in a Ministry of Education reference group and to Chair the Alumni Trust. Beyond the obvious financial prizes and networking opportunities, I think it is this ongoing commitment to alumni that makes the Eureka! programme so valuable and unique. No other programme that I am aware of provides continuing development opportunities - and lifelong friendships - to students who have completed the programme."
"Participating in Eureka helped me understand the importance of being able to communicate complex scientific minutiae in a useful and accessible manner. This essential skill has helped me talk about my research to key stakeholders - participants, clinicians, other researchers, and funding bodies through grant applications.
I loved participating in Eureka and have found the experience continually valuable as I build my career."