App Development workshop part of water monitoring project

Over 100 Māori college students from the lower North Island attended App Development workshops aimed at increasing their passion for technology and science.

Dr Tiong-Thye Goh engages college students from Karamu High School (Hastings) in an App Development workshop at Victoria University
Dr Tiong-Thye Goh engages students from Karamu High School (Hastings) in an App Development workshop held at Victoria University.

Year 9 and Year 10 Māori students from four colleges were enthusiastic participants in a new learning experience when they walked into Victoria's computer labs for a series of App Development workshops last week.

School of Information Management senior lecturer Dr Tiong-Thye Goh organised and ran these workshops as part of the Indigenous Sparks programme, a science engagement initiative aimed at inspiring young Māori through involvement in practical community based projects.

Students from Karamu High School (Hastings), Tu Toa College (Palmerston North), Rotorua Girls College (Rotorua) and Freyburg High School (Palmerston North) are monitoring the health of their local rivers and streams by way of various water chemistry and biological activities.

As part of the PTC River Project, students also create and develop technological and digital tools to assist in the assessment and communication of the data collected.

The workshops were also supported by Te Rōpū Āwhina, and manager Ani Eparaima said it was a successful couple of days interacting, encouraging and inspiring these students who said they were looking forward to developing their apps further when they returned home.