About & FAQs

What it means to inspire the next generation of Kiwi innovators and answers to frequently asked questions.

Students in playground at a School-gen school holding a sign

What exactly is School-gen?

The Next Generation

School-gen aims to engage young New Zealanders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths while learning about energy.

We're big on encouraging the next generation of energy innovators by helping them build skills and knowledge they need for jobs of the future.

Empowering and supporting kaiako (teachers) to confidently deliver STEM content is key. That's why our resources are tailored towards teachers. Check them out.

Close up of students building STEM project

Our History

Genesis School-gen has been helping New Zealand schools for more than 16 years. Initially the focus was solar energy and powering schools with solar panels. During this phase more than 90 schools received solar panels and equipment.

Since 2018, School-gen broadened its focus to develop a programme to reach all schools.

The aim? Provide educators with accessible resources to deliver engaging STEM education with confidence – and to do our part to address STEM inequities.

Here’s what teachers have to say about our programme.

“I struggle for ideas for STEM lessons so I was stoked when I came across the School-gen resources starting from Level 1. The literacy fanatic in me loves the e-books in te reo Māori that can be used as an introduction to topics on sustainability and renewable energy.” Hannah Young – Primary school teacher

“The future of learning is changing quickly, so the fact that the School-gen programme is always growing and developing their resources to meet the needs of our kaiako and tamariki is very much appreciated at our kura.” Lou Reddy – NZ primary school principal.

Students from Te Waka Unua School in playground racing vehicles they built

Powered by Genesis

School-gen is a community initiative fully funded by Genesis. We recognise the need to ensure the next generation of Aotearoa has the passion and STEM skills to lead us into a more sustainable future. Not all teachers have expertise in STEM-related subjects and that’s where we help.

We hope to aid schools by engaging tamariki while tackling STEM inequity, so we can contribute to a more STEM-literate society.

“The important thing with STEM education lies in inspiring ambition and sparking curiosity. We need to be focused on unlocking future potential and developing the skills and confidence in the next generation.” Malcolm Johns – Genesis CEO

Frequently asked questions