Maths Craft - Unlocking Curious Minds

by Phil Wilson and Jeanette McLeod

It’s been a while, but we have some big news here at Maths Craft. We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a prestigious Unlocking Curious Minds grant to take Maths Craft on the road around New Zealand in 2017. Armed with our knitting needles, crochet hooks, and origami paper, our mission to bring maths to the masses has just gone national, and we have a brand new logo to go with it.


Our new logo reflects the fact that in addition to a flagship Festival at the Auckland Museum, we will hold events in Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin this year, along with a series of workshops. To hear us talking about this grant and our Maths Craft plans for the year, you can listen to Jeanette’s recent Radio New Zealand National interview here.

The Maths Craft Festival at the Auckland Museum will be on the weekend of 9th & 10th September, and will be even bigger than in 2016. The Museum were so thrilled with the success of our 2016 event that this year they are very generously giving us their beautiful Event Centre, a circular, fully glazed room on the roof of the museum with 360 degree views of the city and harbour, and lots of natural light, perfect for crafting!

We are also thrilled to announce that we have been invited to be a part of the Space & Science Festival in Wellington on 13th May. This amazing event attracts thousands of people to a day of science, mathematics, competitions, and space. We’re excited to be bringing Maths Craft to this festival, and to Wellington. Please have a look at the Space & Science Festival website for details about the event on 13th May as well the other events they have planned. Tickets are on sale now, and we hear they sell out fast.

In addition to these events, we will be running workshops for teachers. On 25th March we will run two workshops at the Primary Mathematics Association’s Seminar Day in Auckland, an event attended by primary maths teachers from across New Zealand. Later in the year we are hoping to run a similar event for secondary maths teachers. There are also plans in the works for other public events, so please keep an eye on the website and sign up for our email newsletter.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors who make Maths Craft New Zealand possible. In particular, we are thrilled to receive a $120k grant from the Unlocking Curious Minds fund administered by the New Zealand Government. Curious Minds seeks to encourage and enable better engagement with science and technology across all sectors of New Zealand, to bring about a nation of Curious Minds, where science is inspiring, recognisable, highly valued and personally relevant to all New Zealanders. It is guided by A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, A National Strategic Plan for Science in Society, and was launched in 2014, following the creation of the National Science Challenges. Curious Minds is jointly managed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our events around the country this year. In the meantime, please stay in touch with us. You can sign up to our email newsletter and get more information at Don’t forget that we’re on social media, so knitters and crocheters please join our group on Ravelry. If you’re on Facebook please 'like' our page. See our latest beautiful Maths Craft photos on our Instagram, and finally you can tweet to us at #mathscraftnz.