Exciting news today – Genesis Energy has established a new Trust to provide science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) equipment to New Zealand schools. The Trust has been created to provide the tools teachers seek to inspire students’ interest in STEM and renewable energy.

To celebrate its launch, the Genesis School-gen Trust is inviting schools to apply for STEM or solar equipment packages depending on their current needs. The total value of packages on offer is $50,000.  Applications close on 12 April and successful schools will be announced on 17 May. Check out the Trust’s website – www.genesisschoolgentrust.org.nz – to find out more and apply.

Genesis CEO Marc England says that kiwi kids are known to be innovative problem solvers.  “Through the Genesis School-gen programme we know teachers want to find ways to encourage and expand their students’ STEM learning and problem-solving capabilities,” says Marc. “The right equipment is vital for children’s learning. The Trust is another way Genesis and its customers can support schools and help students get the STEM skills they’ll need to meet the social, environmental and economic challenges they will face in the future.”

From April, Genesis customers will be able to donate $1, $2, or $5 through their monthly bill to support STEM and solar equipment packages for schools.

As part of a sponsorship agreement, Genesis will cover the Trust’s administration costs so that 100% of customer donations go to schools for STEM and solar equipment. The Genesis School-gen Trustees, including education, IT and energy-generation experts, will determine which schools receive the equipment packages.

Equipment provided will include electronic devices such as laptops, Chromebooks and iPads as well, coding and robotics equipment. Science equipment packs will cover chemistry, physics and biology. Solar packs will include panels and monitoring equipment and the school will be linked to the School-gen programme, so students can learn about energy production and compare their energy generation to other schools. Solar panels will also help the school to save on energy expenses.

The Trust is a completely separate entity to School-gen, with School-gen continuing to be funded entirely by Genesis, and focusing on resources, games and activities to engage kids with STEM.