Outreach and diversity

Attracting students

We spark interest early with outreach activities and events for primary and secondary school students and contribute to broadening the diversity of the talent pool.

Broadening the diversity of the talent pool

  • Focused outreach activities reaching communities which have less opportunity to learn about or engage with science and engineering.
  • Half of the scholarships reserved for women since 2019 - Percentage of female scholars has already increased from 10% (2014) to 35% (in 2020).

Outreach activities

In partnership with the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department:

  • Partnership, with Tūranga Library, to encourage Māori and Pasifika communities into Engineering (funded by Unlocking Curious Minds).
  • Amazing Race – about 200 Y9/10 students every year participate and learn through fun and games to crack the code.

Other activities and resources for high school leavers and teachers

Organised/provided in partnership with ECE, including:

  • Visits in UC Electrical and Computer Engineering Labs for Y12/13 students with interactive demos and hands-on experiment. It usually happens at the end of Term 2 (school calendar) and during University mid-year break. More information here.
  • Women in Engineering residential programme for 60 Y12 students every year, including a half day session learning to optimise and race a miniature solar car.
  • Support to Physics Teachers through Learning resources, educational videos and workshops. For instance, check educational videos from our Industry members or from UC - including videos in alignment with the NCEA curriculum.
  • Young Physicists Tournament: regular involvement in the regional or national competition. Two EPECentre Staff participated as judges to the regional Young Physicists Tournament in March 2019.