Inspiring leader wins science excellence award

Date / Time: 27 September 2018

Andrea Soanes from the Science Learning Hub has won the WINTEC Secondary Science Teacher/Educator Award at the Hamilton Science Excellence Awards to be held at the Claudelands Events Centre. Winners were announced at the Kudos Award Gala Dinner, 27th September.

The Science Learning Hub is a project managed by the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research and Andrea joined the project in July 2015 with many years experience focused on science and environmental education in the Waikato region - she is an innovative and inspiring leader. She is also known as a dedicated teacher, resource and curriculum developer, with a talent for telling science stories and for fostering and engaging the expertise and energy of others to inspire schools, teachers and communities about science and sustainability.

As Project Manager for the Science Learning Hub, she has positioned the Hub as the ‘go to’ place for quality science education resources and has strengthened relationships with key players in the sector. She has been instrumental in bringing a number of science and environmental education opportunities to the Waikato, including reinstatement of the Trees for Survival Programme, introduction of the catchment focused Aqua Republica Eco Challenge, development of the digital natural world exploration platform Wild Eyes and facilitation of Enviroschools events. The Science Learning Hub is an online portal funded by Government to connect the science and education sectors, making contemporary science and technology more visible and accessible.

Waikato’s science and technology sector is thriving and boasts the highest proportion of scientists and technicians in New Zealand. The sector is a major contributor to the region and country’s economy, leading the way in agricultural, medical and environmental science.