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GeoCamp

Inspiring children to develop a passion for science and encouraging students to consider a career path in science are all part of our community engagement activities.

Students at GeoCamp. Photo: Kyle Bland

Students at GeoCamp spent two weeks with GNS Science experts in the Tararua District. Photo: Kyle Bland

This year we ran our eighth GeoCamp, a science learning experience for intermediate school children and their teachers. Taking place over two weeks in Tararua District, the camp gave students and teachers from six rural schools the opportunity to learn alongside our scientists as they dug for fossils, inspected fault-lines and measured the impacts of likely sea level rise.

The local community attended a public science expo at the end of the camp, allowing the children to communicate their discoveries and share knowledge with others. By including teachers in the camp, it allowed them to observe how GNS Science staff undertake their science, with the aim of encouraging teachers to use the locations and learnings in their own future teaching.

GNS Science staff developed the GeoCamp programme and led the fieldtrips, supported by funding from commercial partners.

Connecting with the next generation and giving children in rural areas the opportunity to learn with our staff is an important part of growing an awareness of what we do. And it is helping grow future scientists.