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Spotlight on STEM #5: Science Teacher Brent Smith

In the lead-up to Tauranga’s inaugural STEMFest, we talk to our passionate STEM teachers about their inspiration for their subjects.


With 21 years’ experience behind him teaching and leading science faculties in NZ and abroad, subject specialist Brent Smith joined ACG Tauranga this year.

“Science is a fantastic subject because it’s relevant. Every day, students come to class excited about the world around them. Often they provide the context for the lesson. In what other job can you feed the enthusiasm for knowledge from the younger generation, nurturing their enthusiasm and providing further challenges for them to ponder?

Science permeates our entire world. It’s not just about creating engineers and doctors in the next generation, but worldly citizens who question and challenge in order to make up their own minds about world events that impact their lives. In a global environment where alternative theorists like antivaxxers and flat earthers are increasingly gaining traction, there has never been a time where science literacy has been more important. The challenges to our survival have never been so clear and the solution lies with the sharp minds of this generation, working collaboratively and acting globally.

Without science, what hope do we have?”

What STEM looks like at ACG Tauranga
  • One block of Science a week from Year 1 and throughout primary school. Hands on and fun!
  • Specialist Science teachers teach students in Years 5 and 6.
  • Students in Years 7-10 receive seven lessons of Science per week
  • Three double blocks of Science per week allow our students the time and opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience
  • One lesson of Computer Science per week from Years 7-10: students have fun with technology!
  • Weekly lunch time and afterschool Maths workshops allow students to work and learn together across year levels.
  • Physics, Chemistry and Biology available as specialist subjects from Year 11.
  • Robotics club enhances innovation and creativity

ACG Tauranga is a proud sponsor of Tauranga STEM Festival