Learn, Discover, Connect through science and tech

Are you looking for opportunities to grow or extend your skills in science and technology? We've put together a list of providers, events and resources to help get you started, for all ages and stages.  If you have an event or initiative you’d like to add to the list, please email us.

  • Ara (Institute of Canterbury):  Free tech workshops for girls regularly feature in these holiday programmes run by Ara. 
  • Careers with STEM This online resource for careers advisors, teachers and students features profiles, videos, teacher resources, magazines and careers that combine STEM with 'X" - where X is your passion, another field or game-changing idea.
  • Code Clubs Aotearoa:  A nationwide network provides free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for primary school children. 
  • CS4HS: Professional online development for high school computer science teachers. 
  • Dev Academy: Want to learn web development? Dev Academy offers an 18-week full immersion web dev course with hands-on practical training.
  • Digital Circus in the Hawke's Bay runs holiday and after-school computer science and robotics programmes. It also offers in-school programmes and teacher professional development days.
  • Futureintech: Trains early career engineers, technologists and scientists to visit schools and share inspiring work stories and activities; also provides print and web resources covering STEM-rich industries, occupations and qualification pathways.
  • Gather WorkshopsGather Workshops offers IT modules for students and teachers taught by industry professionals. Their purpose is to help raise the next generation of web developers, programmers and coders.
  • Girl Code offers evening workshops that teach girls how to build a web application. No experience needed. Girl Code uses mentors to support learning. More recently, they added Girl Code in Schools, for female students in years 11, 12 and 13.
  • Girls in Computing Works in the Waikato region to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.
  • High Tech Youth Network: Connects young people with tech industry experts for learning opportunities.
  • House of Science: A nationwide education system aimed at raising science literacy through resourcing and connecting the local science community. House of Science runs science and robotics after-school and holiday progammes for girls and boys, aged from five years old, in some regions. 
  • ICT Connect: A nationwide in-school programme, run by the Institute of IT Professionals, that inspires and educates young people about their future in IT. 
  • ICT Grad School: The Wellington-based partnership between Victoria University, Weltec, Whitirea Polytechnic, and industry offers four Masters programmes in ICT.
  • JHack JHack introduces programming to kids in a fun format to show how they can be a part of New Zealand’s digital economic future.
  • Lightning Lab XX: A women-only version of the digital accelerator programme that helps participants build, validate and launch a start-up in 12 weeks, supported by top mentors and business leaders.
  • Mind Lab workshops and holiday programmes: Full-day tech-based holiday programmes and camps for children aged 7-12. 
  • Ministry of Inspiration:  A charitable trust based in Nelson that hosts all kinds of events throughout the year aimed at exciting and inspiring students of all ages to look at how they can become innovators through STEM.
  • Mozilla Hive Dunedin: Digital making opportunities, such as code clubs and hack days, where young people can come together to learn and play – making apps, websites, robots, electronic circuits and more. 
  • Post-grad Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning: A 16-week course offered by The Mind Lab, which is a partnership between Unitec and a specialist education lab dedicated to enhancing digital literacy. 
  • Porirua Coder Dojo:  Opportunities for young people in the Porirua area to learn how to code - developing websites, apps, programmes, games and more. 
  • Rails Girls Coding Workshops: Free Wellington-based coding workshops and training for women or girls.
  • STEM-TEC Centre (AUT):  Established in 2013, this is New Zealand’s first (and only) centre to focus on tertiary-level STEM education.
  • AWIS Miriam Dell Award: Biennial prize awarded to a woman who demonstrates outstanding mentoring efforts to retain females in science, maths or technology. 
  • Bayer Primary School Science Fund: Gives primary schools the opportunity to apply for funding to teach and enhance both environmental science education and ‘nature of science’ activities. 
  • Curious Minds: Lots of resources for teachers and students, plus a list of science events happening all over New Zealand. 
  • Computer Science Field Guide: Online interactive resource for high school students learning about computer science. 
  • Engineering Education-to-Employment E2E: Aims to change perceptions and understanding about engineering as a rewarding and exciting career path to get more students enrolling in engineering. 
  • Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards: Designed to encourage and develop young leaders within the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subject areas.  
  • Gather:  Runs workshops, events and a conference to promote learning and development opportunities for creative IT professionals.
  • GirlBoss NZ: Inspiring girls to become changemakers of the future.
  • Girls in Tech: US-based website with loads of resources and examples to advance girls in tech.
  • Google Science Fair: A global online science and technology competition that is open to individuals and teams from ages 13-18. 
  • Growing NZ: This Growing NZ website lists more than 150 types of scholarships available to young people with an interest in the primary industries.
  • Hello Café: A series of problem-solving after school workshops for 10-13 year old girls.
  • HerStory: Profiles of a range of women in non-traditional occupations, including science, tech and engineering.
  • Hutt Science: A Hutt City Council initiative aimed at linking schools and students with science and technology in the city.
  • Hutt STEMM Festival: An annual event that celebrates and promotes science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing among business and the community. 
  • Made with Code:  Loads of videos and real life examples showing the creative ways code comes to life. 
  • Make The World: Shows the many ways engineering and technology contributes to making the world a better place. 
  • Massey University Women in Science: Online profiles and videos celebrating women in science, from the early pioneers who were trailblazers through to young women passionate about the sciences today. 
  • New Zealand Science Festival:  A week-long celebration of science and how it is used in our everyday lives, with international guests, local leaders and people from all over New Zealand.  
  • OMG Tech: Award-winning workshops for primary and intermediate school students, connecting them with big tech and science ideas and industry volunteers.
  • Pond: Women in STEM: A rich source of stories on the work of women in science.  
  • Programming Challenge for Girls: An annual one-day programming competition to introduce year 10 girls to the world of computer programming. 
  • Royal Society-funded international opportunities for teenagers: The Royal Society funds a variety of international opportunities for senior secondary school students who are passionate about science.
  • Regional Science and Technology Fairs: Check out the Royal Society's list of science and tech fairs aimed at primary and secondary school students.
  • SciBlogs: Thought-provoking reads on all things science, including articles from New Zealand’s leading female scientists. 
  • Science Learning Hub: Contains over 5,000 New Zealand science education resources, collected by topic and concept.              
  • Science Learning - Sparking Fresh Thinking: Online professional development session with four inspirational women working in STEM – a great resource for teachers. 
  • Shadow Tech Day: This mentor scheme provides opportunities for female secondary school students to meet and learn from women working in science and tech roles.
  • She# (She Sharp): Networking opportunities for young women interested in tech and science, plus promotes computer science as a career option.
  • Space and Science Festival: Inspiring children of all ages with amazing experiences in space, astronomy, astrophotography, science, technology, engineering and maths. 
  • STEAM Ahead: Offers mother-daughter workshops to educate about possible career choices in science, tech, engineering, arts and maths.
  • The Āmua Ao Programme: Callaghan Innovation and NZQA offer this opportunity to inspire Māori students to be the new generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists and thinkers. 
  • Unitec Mobile App Competition for Girls: Calls for high school girls to showcase their passion, creativity and skills in a digital environment, and practice problem solving skills fundamental to computer science. 
  • Women in STEM: Profiles of women in science, technology and engineering to showcase the range of career paths available through STEM-related qualifications.  
  • Zonta Women in Science Award: Awarded to an emerging woman scientist to help further their career.
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS): A network for women in science to help them develop their scientific abilities and reach their full potential. 
  • Fantail Network: Supports, connects and enables women in business, with a focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. 
  • Female Founders Exchange: Helps entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs to share stories and experiences from peers over beers. 
  • ICE Tech 360: Connects business with graduates and young professionals, and provides consultancy and training services. 
  • Institute of IT Professionals: Focuses on increasing the education, professionalism and expertise of people working in the ICT sector. 
  • Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ): New Zealand’s professional body for engineers promotes the industry, upholds standards, supports professional development and celebrates achievements.
  • NZ Rise: Represents the interests of NZ-owned IT businesses and works to inspire young people to enter the IT industry in New Zealand. 
  • NZ Tech: A membership-based organisation that supports New Zealand technology businesses to succeed by encouraging talent, increasing knowledge, creating connections and influencing policy. 
  • NZ Tech Women: Promotes the value of diversity in the tech sector through programmes and initiatives aimed at women, including secondary school students. 
  • Refactor: Encourages, supports and motivates women working in, or passionate about, technology through technology-focused events and highlighting women in tech. 
  • Summer of Tech internship programme: Connects employers with top local students for paid summer IT jobs.
  • Wellington Geek Girls Dinners: Provides opportunities for women in tech to network and hear from the sector's inspiring women. 
  • Women in Engineering Network (University of Auckland): Fosters relationships between women in engineering, coordinates social activities, professional development opportunities, and forums for academic support. 
  • Women in IT (University of Auckland): A comfortable environment for women to discuss issues with other women in IT, share stories, provide mentoring and encouragement.