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University of Canterbury - Astronomy Camp

Applications for the 2018 Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School are now open.

The College of Science and the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences are offering Year 12 and 13 students throughout New Zealand the chance to attend a 5 day astronomy camp in Christchurch and Tekapo.

As you can see from this video of last year’s students, the annual Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School camp is an inspiring experience for the 20 successful applicants.

The camp takes place 16-20 April at UC's Ilam campus in Christchurch and the Mt John Observatory in Tekapo. Students meet other like-minded people who share their passion for astronomy and astrophysics. A highlight for students on the camp is stargazing using the telescopes at the Observatory.

One of last year's attendees, Meg Nowak, created her own video of the experience. You can watch it here.

There is no charge for the camp – even travel costs are covered by the generous sponsor.

Applications close on Monday 5 March and can be found here.

If you have any questions please email

Tuesday February 20th

AUT 2019 Programme Guides are now available outside the Careers Office. Please feel free to come and take what you need.

Are you a Year 13 female who has an interest in maths and science? New Zealand needs more women in the aviation industry as Engineers, Technicians, Pilots and more! You have more choices than you probably realise.

Could aviation be the perfect future for you? We're giving 48 students from around NZ a chance to spend 7 and a half days at RNZAF Base Ohakea to find out.

Aviation offers something for everyone, whether you want to spend your days in the skies or keep your feet firmly planted on the ground! Our “School to Skies” Programme is a Tech and Aviation Camp that will give you the chance to try before you buy. Applications are open for girls in Year 13, from anywhere in NZ, who are currently studying NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) maths and science subjects.

Travel costs to and from RNZAF Base Ohakea (or to Palmerston North airport if flying) will need to be met by you. All other costs including food and accommodation will be taken care of by us.

More information at

Tuesday February 20th

Tēnā koutou katoa,

I am emailing to inform you of the On Campus Experience (OCE), which is a wonderful opportunity for Year 13 secondary school students – of Māori descent – to explore the University of Otago and the city of Dunedin. Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures in their areas of interest, as well as meet academic staff and current students. They will experience life in a Residential College and will meet the Māori Centre staff – who provide great support for Māori students when they come to Otago.

The OCE programme is a fully funded initiative, and gives each successful applicant the following: airfare/flight coverage (to and from Dunedin) accommodation, meals, and activities.

Entries are sought from full time Year 13 students of Māori descent, who are currently enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school and are considering studying at the University of Otago in 2019.

All applicants should be students who are completing an appropriate programme at secondary school level which will lead them to meet University Entrance.

The University of Otago is pleased to announce that we will be offering two OCE programmes in 2018.

Successful OCE students will be selected to attend one of two OCE programmes in 2018 (the one application will cover both dates).

First OCE 6 - 10 May 2018 (including Tertiary Open Day)


Second OCE 15 - 19 July 2018 (School Holidays)

Applications Close: Wednesday 21st March (5.00pm)

The application form and poster are attached and can also be found on this link: