School-gen

Helping Kiwi kids get access to the tools they need to leap into future opportunities.

Young girls making shadow puppets on bedroom wall
Video still "What's this School-gen thing anyway?"

What is School-gen?

What is School-gen?

School-gen is a community initiative to get tamariki engaged and enthused about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. We provide free resources, games, and activities - all focused around STEM - for teachers, students, and parents.

Kiwi kids are natural-born problem solvers - but to become tomorrow's innovators they need the right knowledge bank. That's why we've been helping to inspire the next generation of Kiwi innovators since 2006. 

Watch to see what School-gen is about. 

Nanogirl's stem stars logo

We’ve got Nanogirl Labs on board

Genesis and Nanogirl Labs have joined forces to help lift engagement levels in STEM* subjects for primary school kids.

Nanogirl is the creation of nanotechnologist and engineer Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM). Nanogirl Labs is all about delivering engaging and inspiring STEM experiences to kids, so our collective goal is to make a positive difference to STEM education.

Our first project together is STEMSTARS - a programme that brings STEM to life for Year 3 and 4 students through storytelling, hands-on experiments, and group activities. Teachers at primary schools use learning modules to delve into topics such as electricity, wind, flotation, and flight.

Schools can find out more about STEMSTARS on the STEMSTARS website, including how our 'Buy One, Give One' programme enables schools who need extra support to access this incredible resource.

*STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

A little bit of history

Genesis School-gen has provided free educational resources to schools since 2006.  Teachers and parents can find a range of STEM resources on the School-gen website. 

In February 2019 Genesis established an independent charitable trust, The School-gen Trust, to complement the School-gen programme by providing equipment to New Zealand schools and inspiring students’ interest in STEM and renewable energy.

School students with Emirates Team New Zealand and America's cup

Wow! We gifted 185,141 hours of free power*

You put the energy in, we gave it back to Genesis-powered schools.

When Emirates Team New Zealand successfully defended the America’s Cup in 2021, we put all our energy into giving back to Kiwi schools.

In fact, it was Kiwis themselves who put the energy in, and we gave back 185,141 hours of free energy to Genesis-powered schools. How?

We created a next-level Genesis Supporter Shirt. During America’s Cup racing, we decked out fans in high-tech shirts. The energy they produced during the exciting races was captured and turned into a power credit for more than 600 schools.

The shirt used state-of-the-art wearable technology and measured the fans’ heart rate, movement, stress levels and calories burnt. We converted calories burnt from all supporters into free power for schools*.

Student blowing bubbles in science experiment at home

Messy, fun stuff for home or school

Want to have fun experimenting and making stuff? School-gen has loads of activities – swirling helicopters, foamy art prints, hokey pokey science. Boredom busters galore. Check it out.

*For every calculated 72,000 calories burnt by our nation of supporters, we gave a Genesis-powered school one hour of free classroom power. To work this out we took the average calories burned by Supporter Shirt wearers during a race and multiplied this by our nation of supporters (5 million New Zealanders) to get total supporter energy.