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School communities across New Zealand have the chance to send their teacher to the Space Exploration Educators Conference, in Houston, Texas as part of a competition run by the Genesis School-gen programme.


The competition opened yesterday and aims to get students, parents, friends and school colleagues to nominate a deserving teacher who inspires and motivates students in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).


One primary and one secondary school teacher will be selected to attend the Space Exploration Educators Conference in February 2020. The conference runs for three days and uses space as the real-life context for learning across the curriculum. 


We wanted to celebrate STEM teachers and the positive difference they make on kiwi kids every day, says Jenny Burke, Genesis School-gen Manager. 


“The Genesis School-gen programme was created to help encourage students develop STEM skills. We want school communities to celebrate teachers, especially those who are doing an outstanding job in this area,” Burke says. 


As well as a trip to Houston, the winner’s respective schools will receive $800 of teacher release funding from Genesis and a STEM prize pack supplied by OfficeMax. The four runner-up teachers nominated will receive an Apple iPad each and everyone who nominates a teacher will go in the draw to win one of three runner-up prize packs, which includes a Sphero Bolt. 


If you have (or know) a teacher that is inspiring students in STEM topics, head to and nominate the teacher. The competition closes 5pm on 1 November 2019.


About Genesis School-gen: 
School-gen aims to get young New Zealanders interested in science, engineering, technology and maths while learning about energy – how it’s made, how it works and how it can be managed. The programme provides educational resources, activities and games for teachers, students and their families. Genesis has developed the programme to encourage the energy innovators of the future by helping them build the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future. Visit for more information. 

About the 2020 Space Exploration Educators Conference: 
The 26th annual Space Exploration Educators Conference will be held on 6-8 February 2020 at the Space Centre in Houston, Texas. Sessions are hosted by scientists, engineers and educators who use space as the context to teach across the curriculum from Year 0 to 13. Attendees will receive ‘ready-to-implement’ class activities and a host of other educational resources.