The Flying High Project has developed a STEAM education programme with the help of STEAM professionals to encourage and inspire kids to take up STEAM subjects and careers. We want to broaden the horizons of the next generation of New Zealanders so that they can be well educated, innovative and sustainably-minded citizens, who contribute positively to their communities.
STEAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The New Zealand Government has identified STEAM subjects as the most important for the future of the country. It is predicted that almost all future jobs will require some STEAM knowledge.
The Flying High Project focuses on 8-14 year olds and low decile schools throughout New Zealand as inspiring kids from a young age is key to the uptake of STEAM learning. We weave Mātauranga Māori into our education programme to form a stronger sense of self, our community, and how we can make them more sustainable.
The programme’s unique use of a hot air balloon gives kids a bird's eye view of their surroundings and a broader perspective, like the Kāhu, (harrier hawk), a central figure in the education programme.