New Zealand Science Learning Hub Newsletter Christmas 2013
Kia ora and welcome to the Science Learning Hub newsletter for Term 4 2013.
Keen to get out and enjoy the summer weather? These activities will get your class engaged, outdoors and excited about science:
- Symbol find – get out the chalk and a periodic table to ‘graffiti’ the school pavement.
- Kites – explore the principles of flight by making and flying kites.
- Water bottle rockets – thrust, mass, acceleration, aerodynamics and excitement.
- Bird hotel – model the perils of bird migration on the sports field.
- Make a tracking tunnel – discover if pests lurk around your school at night.
- On your bikes – speed, drag, rolling resistance – and a helmet of course.
- Alternative fern collections – using non-traditional methods to collect and display ferns.
- Dig a hole – learn more about the soil around your school.
- Moth collecting – watch how real scientists go on a bug hunt and then do it yourselves.
- Fresco painting – make beautiful art while exploring some serious chemistry.
New collection: Innovation
Innovation is a unique New Zealand resource for enhancing innovation literacy. Innovation resources help young people to develop the ability to recognise how innovation happens and the value it can bring.
Just up is Zealong Tea – how Vincent Chen established New Zealand’s only tea plantation and howthe tea’sunique qualities contribute to Zealong Tea’s success in international markets.
We’ve had some excellent feedback from teachers using the Innovation resources. We’ve heard the resources have been the perfect starting point for planning classroom activities. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the teacher snapshot Innovation – an integrated approach to science and technology to see how a year 3 teacher linked innovation to happenings in her own school and local community.
New stories and content will appear on a regular basis. You can access Innovation via the navigation buttons at the top of each page of the website.
For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board featuring innovative New Zealand products. It features some great examples of school-age innovators.
Getting the most out of the Hub
The real value of a website is its interconnectivity. Each webpage on the Hub has links to related content. Links take you across contexts and include a wide range of relevant resources including all of our multimedia. Look for the related content box on the right-hand side of each page.
Teaching about careers in science
The Hub features more than150 people involved in science. They range widely in age, ethnicity, background and job focus – from graduate students working on their first big piece of research to those working in industry, universities and Crown research institutes. Our people profiles discuss the motivation and educational pathways people followed to achieve their current positions. But it’s not all about the science – the profiles also discuss the scientists’ personal interests and hobbies,showing us the real people behind the cutting-edge science they do.
Teaching about New Zealand heritage scientists
New Zealand continually produces world-class scientists.The science story Our Heritage Scientists features stories about the lives and work of past scientists. This resource is an ideal way to include aspects of the nature of science. Through articles and interactive timelines, explore how science knowledge and ideas change over time, how the individual scientists helped change themes and theories in their fields and the role society and societal attitudes played in the scientists’ lives.
Helping to make your planning easier
Pinterest is a great way to organise web resources. We have Pinterest boards on a variety of topics. Check out our new board #DailyDiagram – a collection of very useful diagrams produced specifically for New Zealand classrooms. Human impact on environment is a board we developed in response to a teacher enquiry.
You do not need a Pinterest account to view our boards. Simply follow the links. Alternatively, visit us on www.pinterest.com/nzsciencelearn to view our growing collection of teaching resources. If you have suggestions about topics you’d like us to organise on a board, please contact us.
Survey on the Science Learning Hub
Take 10 minutes to complete this survey http://goo.gl/m5DnbL and be in to win an iPad. You will help the Learning Hubs to further develop resources that support teachers.
We hope you enjoy using the Science Learning Hub in your teaching and would love to hear from you. Your comments, ideas and feedback can be emailed to email@example.com
Wishing you all a very safe and enjoyable summer holiday and a Merry Christmas.
The Science Learning Hub Team
- 09 December 2013
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