2017 Future Innovators in Tech programme shortlist

Potentia's Future Innovators in Tech programme aims to encourage young kiwis to gain tech-centric skills by improving access to tools and education through a $10,000 grant to schools.

Here the five schools shortlisted for the 2017 programme outline how they plan to use innovative tools and after school clubs to increase kiwi kids' interest in tech, their willingness to participate and their creativity:

Mairangi Bay School: Capture imaginations and build a solid foundation of coding knowledge in junior students through the use of floor robots (such as Meccano Tech Micronoid and LEGO Boost).

Marist College: Inspiring inventors - encourage creativity in students by harnessing the tools and education needed to launch a NEW Coding/Electronics/Robotics club

Sunnyhills School: Help students at Sunnyhills School to explore the world around us and beyond us through virtual reality technology within our regular classroom programme and through the school’s innovative Tinker Time programme.

Taupaki School: Launch “Fearless Future” workshop – an innovative hands-on tech programme designed to take Taupaki School students and community on a journey that builds confidence, and promotes risk-taking and problem solving. 

The Gardens School: Develop creativity in kids who attend The Gardens School by supporting them to solve real-world problems using code.

An online poll on Potentia's Facebook page is currently being held to decide the winner. Vote for your favourite school now!