In 1984, a CSTA (Canterbury Science Teachers Association) member returned to Christchurch from a visit to the Singapore Science Centre, enthused with an award scheme for science students. In this scheme, students completed hands-on science activities on a topic they had selected and were then awarded a certificate and an attractive metal badge. Graeme Tinkler was delegated to investigate setting up the scheme locally. A meeting was held at Mairehau High School involving Graeme, Nick Atkins and George Murray and the inaugural Science Badge Committee was established. The metal badges were produced locally and the scheme was established in Christchurch schools.
As interest grew, the scheme was offered to the New Zealand Science Teachers Association but it failed to thrive nationally and was returned to the original committee of three enthusiasts in Christchurch.