How birds fly

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/303-how-birds-fly
One of the requirements for heavier-than-air flying machines is a structure that combines ...

Ocean temperature

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/707-ocean-temperature
The temperature of the ocean determines what form the water takes. Most of the ocean is liquid ...

Feathers and flight

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/308-feathers-and-flight
A bird is designed for flight. The combination of light weight, strength and shape, as well as ...

Flight of the godwit

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/296-flight-of-the-godwit
Bar-tailed godwits can fly about 12,000 km at one time – further than any other known bird ...

Ocean motion

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/691-ocean-motion
The ocean has a complex circulation system, moving water, heat, salt and nutrients around the ...

Birds and planes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/317-birds-and-planes
In this activity, students explore the importance of wing shape and size and how this ...

Investigating flight – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/295-investigating-flight-introduction
Have you ever wanted to fly? To soar above valleys and mountains, cities and oceans, feeling ...

The ocean in action – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/679-the-ocean-in-action-introduction
The ocean is part of our lives – we may swim in it, sail on it or eat food from it. Many ...

Becoming human – hominins

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2323-becoming-human-hominins
As humans, we’re curious about ourselves. Where did we come from? How did we evolve? Hominins ...

Gliders and kites

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/306-gliders-and-kites
Gliders and kites both have wings to generate lift. A glider’s wings are aerofoils. Well made ...

Project Hotspot: Using citizen science to better protect ...

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1595-project-hotspot-using-citizen-science-to-better-protect-coastal-threatened-species
Project Hotspot is a Taranaki-based citizen science project and one of the Participatory ...

Palaeogenomics and human evolution

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2324-palaeogenomics-and-human-evolution
Genomics has opened up our understanding of ancient hominins and human evolution. Genomics is ...

Studying storm surge and coastal hazards

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/116-studying-storm-surge-and-coastal-hazards
Dr Rob Bell, a NIWA scientist, studies storm surges and their impact on New Zealand coasts. A ...

Evolutionary research – advancing our understanding of ...

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2320-evolutionary-research-advancing-our-understanding-of-us
New technologies can extend our scientific understanding. They can also mean we have to throw ...

Tracking godwits

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/297-tracking-godwits
Research on godwit migration involves tracking or following the flight path of the birds ...

Tracking E7

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/316-tracking-e7
In this activity, students explore the incredible flight of a special bird known as E7 to learn ...

Making Mexican waves

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/130-making-mexican-waves
In this activity, students use a Mexican wave to demonstrate how waves transfer energy and to ...

The ocean in action – question bank

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2510-the-ocean-in-action-question-bank
An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an ...

Dr Phil Battley

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/310-dr-phil-battley
Position: University lecturer Field: Ornithology Organisation: Ecology Group, Massey University ...

Dr Te Taka Keegan

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/127-dr-te-taka-keegan
Position: Senior Lecturer, Field: Language technologies, Organisation: Computer Science ...

Investigating flight – question bank

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2489-investigating-flight-question-bank
An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an ...

Jesse Conklin

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/311-jesse-conklin
Position: PhD student Field: Ornithology Organisation: Ecology Group, Massey University Jesse ...

Dr Phil Sutton

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/708-dr-phil-sutton
Position: Physical oceanographer Field: Physical ocean processes, Argo project Organisation ...

Flight - writer insight

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1390-flight-writer-insight
Flight was a topic our writer Barbara Ryan enjoyed teaching. "We got really involved – twice I ...
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