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Date - 2nd September 2022

Venue - Garin College

Cost - $50

Venue has changed to Garin College in Richmond.


INSPIRE Festival is our showcase event of the year that encourages students to think dynamically and creatively about their future.


Cawthron INSPIRE is an annual festival occurring on 2 September at Garin College . INSPIRE is for primary and intermediate age children (approximately ages 8-13) that has been running for many years. Students choose any combination of four 1-hour workshops in a range of STEAMS areas.

Cast an object in silicone and resin, try your hand at being an engineering geologist, or learn how to talk to spiders! This is just a small selection of the fun and intriguing sessions on offer, which go BEYOND the ordinary to challenge and yep, INSPIRE students. INSPIRE is suitable for all students who love to think dynamically and creatively and sessions are led by experts in their field from Nelson/Tasman and all around the country. All materials are supplied and the event goes ahead rain or shine. Click here for a Inspire 2022 workshop timetable

Inspire 2022 Programme please click above

Inspire 2022 Workshop Timetable please click above

MOI is pleased to announce that the Cawthron INSPIRE Festival is rescheduled for Friday the 2nd of September at Garin College. The days Programme will be online on 3rd of August and Registrations will open on Wednesday 10th at 1230pm. If due to Covid Restrictions the event can no longer be held a 100% refund of ticket price will be given. If event number is limited we may need to reduce numbers and we would do this based on last sold.

The Cawthron INSPIRE Festival 2022 offers one day of student selected challenging discussions and hands-on workshops all focused around STEAMS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths, and Society). This year the festival is being hosted at Garin College on Friday the 2nd of September 2022.

Students choose up to 4 sessions to attend, all based on the STEAMS model of education and delivered by New Zealand's top professionals, scientists, businessmen, and mentored college students.

INSPIRE will develop the connection between classroom theory and some very exciting and ground-breaking real careers which make a difference in our world. The inaugural INSPIRE was in 2012 and massive demand has led to it being hosted annually with over 650 students attending and has continued to grow. The energy and enthusiasm of the students is wonderful and, with their feedback, demonstrates the necessity and benefits of INSPIRE. All attendees will be our future leaders and creative thinkers and they have told us they want more; more challenge, more connections and more opportunities to grow and learn.

Students attending Cawthron INSPIRE Festival need to have an adult 'in-charge' of them during the day. This person will gather registration materials for them and handle all health and safety aspects. Students left at Garin College without an adult 'in-charge' are left at their own risk.