Āmua Ao: Growing young Māori innovators

13 Jul 2016

Excitement is building for the 26 Māori students who have been selected to take part in a visit to Silicon Valley, aimed at increasing Māori participation and achievement in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The 26 rangatahi, along with adult chaperones will leave New Zealand this Saturday bound for California. The students will visit Google and Stanford University where they will experience role modelling sessions and be exposed to speakers from renowned start-ups.

The Āmua Ao programme is a partnership with Callaghan Innovation, NZQA and iwi.

NZQA’s Deputy Chief Executive Māori, Daryn Bean says the programme aims to inspire rangatahi about the exciting career possibilities available to them in our global, digital and connected world.

“The programme will be evaluated and the students’ progress tracked so that we can see how these experiences are reflected in their NCEA STEM subjects and subsequent STEM careers,” he says.

Āmua Ao has been designed by Anne Gibbon, a Stanford graduate and will teach the young people about taking risks, engaging with technology and giving things a go.

The rangatahi will also meet with some of their peers at the Ever Forward Club, which is aimed at raising inspiration and building strong communities for the African-American community.

This is the second time the programme has been run, and follows a successful trial last year with 12 rangatahi from Te Wharekura o Mauao in Tauranga.

All of the rangatahi have recently completed an online course designed to help prepare them for the trip.

When the students come back they will be offered opportunities to build on the inspiration they experienced to ensure their interest is maintained and share widely with other students.

Media contact:

NZQA Communications

Lucy Johnston

Phone 04 463 3019 or 0274 575783

Āmua Ao: He Whakatupuranga Waewae Kaikapua Māori

E manahau ake ana ngā whakaaro e pā ana ki te rua tekau mā ono ngā ākonga Māori e kōwhirihia ana kia whai wāhi atu i te whāruarua o Silicon, hei reira rawa e maha ake ana i ngā āheinga o te hunga Māori kia eke taumata ai, ā, kia ngākau ū ki te whai mātauranga angitū mā ngā kaupapa STEM (Pūtaiao, Hangarau, Pūkaha, me Pāngarau).

E matua ana te haere o te rōpū rangatahi me ō rātou kaitiaki pakeke i Aotearoa hei te Rāhoroi, ā, ka tau atu rātou ki Karepōnia.  Ka tae atu ngā ākonga ki Google me te Whare Wānanga o Stanford ki reira rātou e whai wāhi atu ana ki ngā huinga whakatauiratanga whanonga me ngā wheako whaiaro o ngā kaikōrero rongonui nā rātou ō rātou ake kamupene i tīmata.

E noho rangapū ana a Callaghan Innovation, a NZQA, me ngā iwi kei raro i te hōtaka Āmua Ao.

Ki tā te Pouwhakahaere Tuarua Māori ki NZQA, a Daryn Bean, he hōtaka tēnei hei whakamanawa i te hunga rangatahi ki ngā tīpako umanga mahi mō rātou i tēnei huringa ao matihiko.

E mea ana ia, “Ka aromātaihia te hōtaka me te ahu whakamua o ngā ākonga kia whakatauritehia ai ēnei wheako ki ō rātou whiwhinga ā-ākonga ki ngā kaupapa STEM mō NCEA me ngā huarahi mahi e whai ake ana.”

He mea whakahoahoa a Āmua Ao e Anna Gibbon.  He ākonga paetahi ia ki Stanford, ā, māna ngā ākonga hei whakaako kia manawa kai tūtae te haere, kia hīkaka ai te wairua ki te ao hangarau.

Ka tūtaki hoki te hunga rangatahi Māori ki ētahi atu rangatahi ki te Ever Forward Club, ā, he wāhi e whakamanawa ake i te hunga Kiri Mangu nō Amerika ki te whakatika kāinga tahi hei oranga mō rātou.

Koinei te wā tuarua e whakatairangitia ana tēnei hōtaka, ā, e whai ake ana tēnei i te whakamātauranga i angitū ai i tērā tau i te whai wāhitanga o te hunga tekau mā rua ngā rangatahi mai i Te Wharekura o Mauao ki Tauranga.

Inā noa nei ka tutukihia e te hunga rangatahi tētahi akoranga ipurangi hei whakarite i a rātou mō tō rātou haerenga.

Ina ka hoki mai ngā ākonga, he āheinga ka horahia ki a rātou hei manaaki i nga hiranga wheako i a rātou kia whakaū ai tō rātou arotahi, ā, kia kōrerotia nuitia ai te hōtaka nei ki ākonga kē.

Te Hunga Pāpāho:

Ngā Pāpātanga o NZQA

Lucy Johnston

Nama Waea: 04 463 3019, 0274 575783 rānei

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