Award-winning science communicator and 2018 New Zealander of the Year finalist, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, is joining Tauranga-based House of Science as its new science ambassador.
Siouxsie is an associate professor at the University of Auckland, where she heads up the bioluminescence superbugs laboratory.
House of Science national founder and CEO Chris Duggan says she is “thrilled” Siouxsie has come on board.
“She has supported our organisation from the start,” says Chris, “and thoroughly understands the urgency of engaging children in real, hands-on science learning.”
Siouxsie is convinced that primary schools should be teaching relevant science and agrees this is not always easy for teachers who are not trained in the subject.
“The House of Science model is brilliant,” says Siouxsie. “The science kits are amazing and make science accessible for all primary schools.
“Science is a resource-hungry subject, so by sharing these kits among a group of schools it allows access to quality resources covering the whole science curriculum.
“I feel very honoured to be given this role as ambassador for the House of Science. I hope that I will be able to help the charity raise awareness of their amazing and important work.”
House of Science was established in Tauranga in 2013 to build confidence and capability in science learning.
Raising the scientific literacy in local communities has been the number-one driver behind the venture, with a major focus on resourcing primary teachers through regional science equipment libraries. Check out: www.houseofscience.nz for more information.