Working with schools
We sponsor regional science and technology fairs around New Zealand and support learning programmes that bring science into the classroom.
NIWA Interactive Room at Kelly Tarlton's
The NIWA Interactive Room at Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium in Auckland was opened to the public in 2005. The room provides interactive activities for children aged 5 to 10 years on marine biodiversity and ecosystems, focusing on both the ocean and Antarctic environments. Over 60,000 children visit the room each year, most as part of organised school trips.
NIWA is the major sponsor for regional science and technology fairs in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Nelson. Sponsorship is part of our long-term commitment to both promoting the importance of science and technology in our lives and enhancing its profile as a career option for young New Zealanders. Learn more about NIWA Science and Technology Fairs.
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment is an international, hand-on programme that allows students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on environmental science projects and investigations. NIWA supports GLOBE through its involvement in the programme’s advisory committee.
NIWA provides support for SEREAD (Scientific Educational Resource and Experience Associated with the Deployment of Argo floats in the South Pacific Ocean). SEREAD is tasked with bringing the science of the Argo programme into the classroom. (Argo floats are submersible devices that measure upper ocean salinity and temperature.) NIWA scientists help provide expertise for the SEREAD programme.
NIWA produces a number of publications about our research and services. Discover our range of publications.
NIWA publishes a series of high-quality, informative posters intended for classroom use and these are available to schools nationwide.