About us

Our why, who powers us and answers to frequently asked questions.

Developing the energy innovators of the future

School-gen aims to get young New Zealanders interested in science, engineering, technology and maths while learning cool stuff about energy – how it’s made, how it works and how it can be managed. We want to encourage the energy innovators of the future by helping them build the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future – whatever they will be.

Watch this video about School-gen to find out more.

Our history

We’ve been providing free educational resources to schools across New Zealand for more than 14 years. Initially School-gen’s focus was solely on teaching around solar energy and during this phase more than 92 schools received solar panels and monitoring equipment so that the students could see the amount of energy being produced in real time.

Since 2018 the programme has broadened its focus and now aims to encourage students to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths subjects through learning about sustainability and energy.

Powered by Genesis

School-gen is a Genesis community investment initiative.

Marc England, chief executive of Genesis, says we have a responsibility to encourage “imagination and curiosity” among New Zealand’s young minds – especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and School-gen is one way Genesis can make this happen.

School-gen is not Genesis’ only initiative that aims to ‘energise young minds’. Genesis partners with the Department of Conservation on the Whio Forever and Taupo for Tomorrow educational programmes.

Frequently asked questions

How long has School-gen been around?

The School-gen programme kicked off in 2006 and was initially focused on teaching around solar energy. Since 2018, the programme has broadened its focus to encourage students to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths through learning about sustainability and energy.

How do I get hold of the School-gen team?

It’s easy to get hold of us – our contact details are on the Contact Page and you can send us a message from there too.

Are School-gen educational resources free?

School-gen is a Genesis community initiative – it’s our way of giving back, so all the resources are free to use for educational and non-commercial use. If you are wanting to re-purpose, copy and or distribute them please get in touch with us first and you can always check out our Terms of Use.

Are School-gen resources linked to the NZ curriculum?

School-gen does its best to link all the material to the current New Zealand curriculum. Note that the resources have been developed with the support of qualified teachers.

Who can use the resources?

Anyone – kids, parents, teachers. The idea is to encourage an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths through learning cool stuff about energy – how it’s generated, how it can be used, and how to manage it. We have linked many of the activities to the curriculum so that they are useful for teachers, but don’t let that stop you dipping in and having fun with the hands on maker projects.