Bodeker Scientific is committed to getting involved with and supporting the local and wider New Zealand community. Here, you can read about some of our community engagement and outreach activities.
Project-based learning at Bodeker Scientific
Annual sponsorship, scholarships and outreach at Dunstan High School
Central Otago Python Programming Challenges
Bodeker Scientific has run a Python Programming Challenge over the last few years, with cash prizes! The competitions encourage students to develop their Python programming skills - having Python coding expertise is becoming an increasingly sought-after skill in data science, physical sciences, mathematics, and many other fields. The challenges have run over several months each, stretching students to apply theoretical knowledge from school to new problems.
Check out our Python Programming Challenge page to learn more.
100 women, 100 words ... Infinite Possibilities
Curious Minds community participatory project
In 2020-2021 Bodeker Scientific was awarded funding from MBIE via the Curious Minds - Participatory Science Platform fund, to run a community participatory science project titled 'Science, Art, and Education Visualising the Impact of Climate Change'. In the project, we worked with local students at Dunstan High School to create and code a 3D animated, and interactive visualisation model of the Queenstown Lakes District (QLD). The model shows how different climate variables such as temperature and precipitation have varied, and will vary into the future with climate change in the local area.
In the second part of the project, we conducted a social experiment designed by the students. The goal was to investigate how effective the developed 3D model was as a communication tool to engage people and enable them to understand the issues and impacts of climate change, by making them visualise how things will look in their own neighbourhood.
Visit our project page to learn more.
If you're interested in using the 3D model at your own community or educational event, find out more here.
Sponsoring a University of Canterbury student in 2020
NASA Visiting scientist meets with local student
"Climate Change in Central Otago" - Invited talk to U3A* Cromwell
About U3A: University of the Third Age (U3A) is a response to the idea that human life is divided into three periods: firstly, childhood and schooling; secondly, child rearing and work; and thirdly retirement. The 'Third Age' is seen to provide the greatest opportunities for learning and understanding because it is during this period of retirement that the idea of a University as a community of those who seek greater understanding through learning can be put into practice. Central Otago is one of the many areas in the world in which a University of the Third Age has been founded. U3A courses run in Alexandra, Cromwell and Wanaka.