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Published 23 July 2018

Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles announced as House of Science ambassador

House of Science Wellington has announced their new science ambassador is Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, a microbiologist, science communicator and Royal Society Te Apārangi Councillor.

House of Science is a unique, not-for-profit venture that was established in 2013 to build confidence and capability in science learning. Raising the scientific literacy in local communities has been the number-one driver behind the venture, with a major focus on resourcing primary teachers through regional science equipment libraries.

“We are thrilled that Siouxsie has come on board as our ambassador" House of Science national founder and CEO Chris Duggan said, "She has supported our organisation from the start and thoroughly understands the urgency of engaging children in real, hands-on science learning."

Associate Professor Wiles heads up the bioluminescence superbugs laboratory at the University of Auckland. She is convinced that primary schools should be teaching relevant science and agrees this is not always easy for teachers who are not trained in the subject. 

“The House of Science model is brilliant – the science kits are amazing and make science accessible for all primary schools. Science is a resource-hungry subject so by sharing these kits among a group of schools it allows access to quality resources covering the whole science curriculum,” Associate Professor Wiles says. 

“I feel very honoured to be given this role as ambassador for the House of Science. I hope that I will be able to help the charity raise awareness of their amazing and important work."

House of Science is supported in partnership with the Wright Family Charitable Trust and also receives funding from Curious Minds.

Source: House of Science Wellington