Far North REAP partnered with GNS Science to run a Geo Camp in May. The camp consisted of 7 Geologists and six schools (30 students and six teachers in total) from years 7 and 8. The students and teachers learnt about the geographical features and scientific observation in the environment, the carbon cycle and the water cycle. They created a presentation for a Geology Camp Expo at the end of camp which was open to the community and whanau.
All six schools established strong and meaningful relationships with each other and with the scientists. Schools were able to collaborate effectively and share Western Science and Matauranga Māori to compare differences and similarities. All students and teachers gained scientific skills to take back to their schools and continue their scientific journey with the rest of their peers. The geologist also made return visits to three of the six schools to continue a localised curriculum to suit each school in their own environment.
This programme was awarded the Community Initiative of the Year award at the 2017 Deloitte Energy Awards.