Since 2019, House of Science Wairarapa has been providing schools with custom-made lesson kits on a range of scientific topics, with all the necessary equipment and materials coming ready-to-go in a box.
There are close to 40 different kits available, on topics like water analysis, nano-chemistry, food, electricity, physics, climate change and more.
Behind the charity is a story of a new mum with a PhD in Molecular Medicine, who wanted her own kids to grow up learning science.
Amanda Taylor was on parental leave when she heard a radio interview with Chris Duggan, who had left her high school teaching job to start House of Science NZ.
“She was disillusioned with kids coming through from primary school saying they couldn't do science, had never done science, and why would they pick it up at high school,” Amanda says.
“She decided the best thing to do was to resource the primary school teachers - to allow them to do it without adding to their load.”
Amanda was inspired.
“I said to my husband, our kids are about to start school - why isn't this here?”
“My husband said ‘well, you know what you have to do about it - you need to set it up here”.
“So, long story short, we set up the charitable trust here and started in the schools in 2019 - in the South Wairarapa and Carterton.
“This year, we're in the South Wairarapa, Carterton, Masterton, and now Tararua as well.”