Twenty-two Māori Year 12 and 13 students from across the motu participated in Poipoia te kākano kia puawai, nurture the seed and it will blossom - the first ever AUT STEM Camp last week.
The three-day camp aimed to empower Māori high school students through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to grow a generation of leading STEM professionals steeped in mātauranga Māori.
Held on AUT’s City Campus, the all-expenses paid camp enabled students to engage with academics in their chosen area of interest. The students stayed one night at AUT student accommodation and one at Ngā Wai o Horotiu Marae.
Head of AUT’s School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), Professor Aman Oo, said the camp was developed between ECMS, the School of Science and AUT’s Student Recruitment team.
“It was exciting to meet with students from various high schools across Aotearoa at our first ever STEM Camp,” he said.
Professor Oo thanked the team involved in making the camp a reality.