$1500 science grant

A new garden science programme at Balclutha Primary School has received a $1500 boost.

The school received $1500 from the Bayer Primary School Science Fund to buy plants.

The plants will be part of a garden used by pupils to conduct experiments and research as part of a science programme in conjunction with the University of Otago.

The garden will enhance the playground, giving pupils a play space that is both beautiful and useful.

Balclutha Primary School principal Paddy Ford said the programme was something "out of the box".

Mr Ford said the 170-pupil school was involved in a science outreach programme, and would build on the skills developed by teacher Jenny Harris, who is nearing the end of her two-term science teaching fellowship hosted by Otago University's chemistry department.

"We've already been doing some basic chemistry experiments with plants, and the garden will be the next step."

A plot had already been set aside for the garden, and the next step would be to work with pupils around its design, he said.

Eleven schools have been granted funding of up to $2000 to support science education activities.

The Bayer Primary School Science Fund was established in partnership with the Royal Society of New Zealand last year.

Bayer New Zealand corporate communications manager William Malpass said it was important primary schools had the ability develop good-quality science education programmes that engaged children in science.

This round of funding was the first of two for the year, with the second round in November.


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