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Just Elemental

The building blocks of our universe

Explore how elements are made and classified into the periodic table, and find out about essential elements and how we use isotopes and metal elements in our modern society.

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Just Elemental.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Just Elemental.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

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    Particle physics research

    Dr David Krofcheck from the Physics Department at the University of Auckland is involved in a particle physics research project that uses the Large Hadron Collider facility at CERN in Geneva,...

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    Metals, alloys and metal compounds

    Metals, their alloys and their compounds play a vital role in our daily lives.

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    Professor Deliang Zhang

    Professor Deliang Zhang is the lead researcher in the metallic materials research group based in the Department of Engineering at the University of Waikato.

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    Development of the periodic table

    At present, 116 elements have been discovered – the first scientific discovery of an element occurred in 1649.

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C-14 carbon dating process

This interactive shows how a moa bone sample is dated using a carbon-14 dating...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Just...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Just Elemental, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Just Elemental. Click on a name to find out...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Just...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. Titanium is light, strong and resistant to corrosion and is the metal of the future. Explore its past in this timeline.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Just...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Just Elemental – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to Just Elemental.

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