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
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.