From 1997 -
2004 Michael and Christine Fenton ran New Zealand's only school-based
research organisation on a voluntary basis in their "spare" time. The
Fentons have had many years industrial, teaching and research
experience and have first hand knowledge of working with gifted
children. This unique approach to education uses the principles of
'authentic learning' and provided students of all
ages to make
The teaching and learning
philosophy, as well as the focus on developing a true
understanding of the
nature of science, highlighted and anticipated many of the issues
covered in "Looking
ahead: science education for the twenty-first century"
recently released from the office of the Prime Minister's
Science Advisory Committee.
and the students reported their findings at conferences, in journals
and on this website. Students also had access to a network of advisers
from research and government agencies both nationally and overseas and
laboratories at WITT.
Dr Sir William Pickering, former head of the Jet Propulsion
widely recognised as responsible for America's success in exploring the
planets, was patron of the Nexus Research Group.
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