What is the Toloa Kenese?
Piloted in Wellington in 2015-16, the purpose was to raise awareness and increase uptake of STEM subjects to Pacific students at Secondary Schools.
In 2016-17 this $10,000 programme was rebranded Toloa Kenese. Working with 7 schools, MPP partnered with ‘MindLab by Unitec’ in Wellington to deliver seven interactive half-day workshops for nearly 200 Young Pasifika students.
What happens at the Toloa Kenese?
The Interactive STEM Workshops used digital technologies or science / technology based practises including robotics, electronics, animation, coding, augmented reality and 3D printing.
The interactive STEM workshop provided an ‘out of school’ platform to encourage Yr7-10 Pacific students to participate in interactive hands-on STEM activities, and exposed students to an area of knowledge that they may not normally have access to through school or community.
Schools involved in the 2016-17 STEM Workshop Pilot were:
Date School Attendance
1 20-Feb Evans Bay Intermediate School 30
2 3-Mar Wellington East Girls College 27
3 7-Mar Tawa College 23
4 13-Mar Wainuiomata School 24
5 24-Mar Naenae College 30
6 28-Mar Brandon Intermediate 31
7 31-Mar Porirua College 25
In 2017-18, the Toloa Kenese will:
o Deliver Phase 2 in Wellington
o Launch in Auckland and Christchurch
o Partner with STEM Pasifika champions to present during STEM activities
o Run the Parents Programme to support the students study and career pathways
o Consider Partner with companies like MindLab in Auckland and Christchurch
The Ministry is seeking STEM partners to maintain a sustainable Toloa Kenese programme.