Science Alive

Science Alive is a New Zealand Charitable Trust established to inspire the public in Science & Tech

Science Alive is a not-for-profit trust, dedicated to educating the public about science and technology.

Operating as usual

Photos from BLAKE's post 25/03/2024

Know a teacher who should sign up? Let them know! 👇


FREE WEBINAR: Fun and safety with primary science
4pm Thursday 4 April
Register here 👉

In preparation for Primary Science Week (Term 2 Week 3), join the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) and the Science Learning Hub in a session which will support you to bring fun, safe science into your classroom!

Ministry of Education NZ House of Science NZ Te Kura Toi Tangata - School of Education - University of Waikato Waikato Science Teachers Association ASTA - Auckland Science Teachers Association Te Whai Toi Tangata Mr Science Science in a Van Science Roadshow Science Alive Education Perfect

Timeline photos 15/03/2024

Stay tuned for more 👀🎉

MORE IS COMING. More science, more discovery, more fun. Te Puawānanga, our new science and technology centre, opens this May.


Huge! Ka mau te wehi! Check out the new tech hub with your whānau 💻

Our brand new hub in Ōtautahi - Christchurch is finally OPEN.

✨ Get ready for a fun-filled day at Tūātea's Grand Opening ✨

Do you have any questions? Are you curious what we do? Come down to see what we're all about!

Bring your friends and family for a day of excitement and discovery!

We cant wait to share this space with you all


It’s Sea Week! Across Aotearoa there are some exciting events happening to get us all learning more about our moana 🌊 Want to find out what’s happening in your area? Visit

Waitaha/Canterbury has stunning coastlines with diverse marine life. As we enjoy these beaches, let's remember our role as kaitiaki/guardians, of the sea.

🗓️ This year's Seaweek from 1 March - 10 March highlights "healthy seas - healthy people".

Get involved and learn how you can make a difference 👉

Photos from Antarctic Heritage Trust's post 21/02/2024

An exciting opportunity for rangatahi!


With plans coming to fruition and ideas overflowing - our office is buzzing and we are just too excited not to share. Over the next few months we will be sharing sneak peeks as well as awesome new developments and we want you to be the first to know!
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Photos from Science Alive's post 15/02/2024

Happy Rāmere!

Did you know that penguin populations can be observed through satellite images from space? One of the scientists responsible for this is Dr Michelle LaRue! We are wrapping up our last post of the week by celebrating Canterbury-based Dr Michelle LaRue, who researches the effects of climate change on Antarctica and the impact it has on our beloved polar animals, like penguins.

Kia pai tō mutunga wiki!

Photos from Science Alive's post 14/02/2024

What better way to celebrate local women in science than highlighting our very own Cantabrian, Brianne West!

Best known for using her science degree in starting the zero-waste beauty brand Ethique, Brianne has revolutionised the world of sustainable beauty. Combining business with science, Brianne has made a huge impact on how we think about eco-friendly personal care. She’s not stopping there though—Brianne has also founded a free education and mentoring hub to help other entrepreneurs, and has recently started a new plastic-free soft drink company called Incrediballs!

What Ethique product are you keen to try? 🧼

Image Courtesy of Brianne West and Ethique.

Photos from Science Alive's post 13/02/2024

Happy Galentines Day! When it comes to the heart, what field of science might we think of? Could it be health science?

Today our featured woman in science is Public Health Project Manager Riiti Conway! From Tuvalu and Kiribati, Riiti demonstrates a love for health equity and ensuring our communities are receiving the support they need catered to their health and wellbeing.

Who supports the wellbeing in your life? 🩷

Photos from Science Alive's post 12/02/2024

Today our featured woman in science is University Student Abigail Barrett! Abigail’s experience growing up in her hau kainga, the Cook Islands, has ignited her passion for the environment and how we take care of our surroundings.

Passionate about Pasifika and Māori representation in environmental management, Abigail studies a Bachelor of Law conjoint with Global Studies majoring in Sustainable Development and Māori Studies. Through her studies, Abigail learns how the law affects the environment and the importance of policies in sustainability.

What passion has inspired you to follow your path? 💬

Photos from Science Alive's post 11/02/2024

Yesterday we celebrated our wāhine in fields of Science and the meaningful impact they continue to make every day. Not only do we acknowledge their achievements, but we continue to encourage young women to pursue dream careers in STEM! Fun fact: 72% of young women want a career that changes the world, and Science is one big part of that.

This week, we are going to highlight Kiwi women in Science changing the world. Today we are highlighting self-taught vertebrate palaeontologist Joan Wiffen!

Joan Wiffen was the first person to find dinosaur bones in post-colonial Aotearoa in 1975, and became our first dinosaur expert! Joan found and identified three different types of carnivorous dinosaurs, three types of herbivorous dinosaurs, and one type of flying reptile. Her dedication to finding dinosaur fossils and passion for educating others is inspiration for so many wāhine—taking on challenges with courage, no matter what age or stage you are in life.

Comment below and share which woman, in STEM or beyond, inspires you every day ⬇️

Image Credit: Joan Wiffen, Lloyd Homer / GNS Science


Not long to go until voting closes! 🐧

Forest and Bird are celebrating their 100th birthday by rallying your votes, this time for bird of the century! Currently, the Kea are flying high at #1. Show some love for our native taonga and vote for your favorite birds at

Definitely the most exciting election results update you will hear today!

This is where the field stands at the half way point. And as you know, election results can change quite a lot when ALL the votes are counted. If you haven't voted already head along to and pick your top 5 birds for


Proud sponsors of the INTERFACE Online Expo for educators again in 2023. We look forward to interacting with teachers and other outreach providers as we head to Dunedin, Lincoln, Cambridge and Auckland over the next two weeks! Follow along as we share some of the initiatives Science Alive provides to schools across the country.

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Our Story

Science Alive is a New Zealand Charitable Trust established to inspire the public in Science & Technology, through interactive experiences.

Planning is underway for a new Science Centre in Christchurch Central.

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