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Science workshops for youngsters prove popular

Climate change and the future of energy will be the focus of two workshops aimed at the region's children this week.

Eastland Group's community energy hub, Electric Village, has teamed up with House of Science Tairawhiti to hold a series of four workshops (“Tamariki for Change”) created specially for children aged 7 to 12.

“Climate change is a hugely important issue for the world, our region and our tamariki,” Electric Village energy champion Jaclyn Findon said.

“At the same time, how electricity is generated and used is changing rapidly.

“So we've partnered with House of Science Tairawhiti to showcase two of their most popular primary school science resource kits, Exploring Climate Change and Electric Future.”

Each school holiday workshop would offer an educational, interactive and immersive experience.

House of Science's Mihi Hannah would lead the workshops.

“I'm really excited for our tamariki to engage with two kits that are incredibly relevant to the current world we are living in,” Ms Hannah said.

“For me, science learning is about preparing our children to be better informed and empowered to care for our planet. It's great that Electric Village are utilising these resources to help build knowledge around future technologies.

“House of Science rely on generous support from local organisations and community members. This year we have been really fortunate that Eastland Group, Eastland Network, Eastland Port and Electric Village have sponsored House of Science kits.”

The Thursday sessions are now fully booked, but there are limited places available for the Tuesday workshops. Entry is a gold coin koha.

■ The Exploring Climate Change workshop will take place on Tuesday, January 21 from 9am to 10am.

The Electric Future workshop will take place on the same day from 1pm to 2pm.

To book a spot or for more information, email hello@electricvillage.nz.