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What is STEAMS School?

STEAMS School is a one-day-a-week programme that aims to involve children in hands-on learning around a topic that integrates the STEAMS subject areas (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths and social sciences). During the past year topics covered were as diverse as: light, energy, birds, and the Earth.


If you’re not in Nelson, you can always try out our STEAMS kit to create your own STEAM experience at home.

How do I participate in STEAMS School?

The school is held during school terms, from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm, at 173 Rutherford St in Nelson and Brightwater Town Hall.
Little STEAMerS (ages 5-6) Nelson(Tues/Thur)
STEAMS Jr (ages 7-9) Brightwater (Wed) and Nelson (Tues/Thurs/Fri)
STEAMS Sr (ages 10-13) Brightwater (Wed/Thurs) and Nelson (Tues/Fri)

STEAMS Low Sensory (ages 9-14)  Nelson (Wed)

Blenheim: MySpace 18 Kinross Street

STEAMS Jr (ages 7-9) Thursday

Visit our Eventbrite page and register your tamariki for STEAMS School. Please choose the site and then the class and age group they wish to attend. Please note that the registrations will close for each term after the second week.


What should I tell my child's school?

You will need to inform the child’s school that he or she will be at STEAMS School one day per week. To date we have not encountered any issues around accommodating a child’s participation in STEAMS School, and many of the region’s schools are very supportive of the programme. Once enrolled, you are encouraged to inform the teacher and office staff that your child should be marked present for the day they attend STEAMS School, as they will be attending an academic school as opposed to being absent due to illness or other reasons.

Key Information

When: During school term, 9.00am – 2.45pm

Where:  173 Rutherford St in Nelson and Brightwater Town Hall, Brightwater.

18 Kinross Street in Blenheim

Cost: Payment is by term.  Junior and Senior $63 per day + GST. Little STEAMerS $25 per day + GST. We have a limited number of partial scholarships available that are awarded on a term by term basis for those with financial need. Parents can also apply for the government’s Gifted and Talented funding scheme. The application is quite easy and you don’t have to prove your child is gifted. Applications are open in September.

Register: For Nelson and Brightwater Term 3 click here

For Blenheim Term 3 click here note this is only for STEAMS Jr (7-9 years)

Who should attend:

Students who have an enquiring mind and a thirst for knowledge

Students who are willing to sustain concentration and effort

Students who want to actively contribute to a positive learning environment

Is there a trial period?

The students can come for a three week trial (which you pay for, and attend in a block) then if both family and teacher feel there is a good fit for the child in the class they continue for the rest of the term and you are billed appropriately.

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