Colours of light

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/47-colours-of-light
Light is made up of wavelengths of light, and each wavelength is a particular colour. The ...

Refraction of light

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/49-refraction-of-light
Refraction is the bending of light (it also happens with sound, water and other waves) as it ...

Waves as energy transfer

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/120-waves-as-energy-transfer
‘Wave’ is a common term for a number of different ways in which energy is transferred: In ...

How the eye focuses light

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/50-how-the-eye-focuses-light
The human eye is a sense organ adapted to allow vision by reacting to light. The cornea and the ...

Melting and freezing

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/608-melting-and-freezing
Water can exist as a solid (ice), liquid (water) or gas (vapour or gas). Adding heat can cause ...

Behaviour of waves

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/121-behaviour-of-waves
All waves behave in certain characteristic ways. They can undergo refraction, reflection ...

Light and telescopes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1625-light-and-telescopes
The universe is full of amazing things, but we need help to see most of them. There are many ...

Light basics

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/171-light-basics
Light is a form of energy produced by a light source. Light is made of photons that travel very ...

Depth perception

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/51-depth-perception
Seeing with two eyes helps people to judge distances and to see in 3D, but even using one eye ...

Fundamentals of waves

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/119-fundamentals-of-waves
Seeing, hearing, feeling warmth, surfing, tuning the radio, using a cellphone – these and many ...

Distances in space

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1624-distances-in-space
Distances in space are really, really big. The Voyager 1 spacecraft is heading out of our Solar ...

Measuring instruments

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/123-measuring-instruments
Collecting data is a crucial part of scientific inquiry. To study waves and the ocean sea ...

Light ideas and technology – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1867-light-ideas-and-technology-timeline
This timeline provides a look at some of the key advances in ideas about light, how we see and ...

Comparing tsunamis and surf

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/125-comparing-tsunamis-and-surf
So you want to surf a tsunami? In this article, you’ll learn why that’s not possible – and how ...

Light and sight – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/39-light-and-sight-introduction
If there is no light, there is no sight – explore our resources and learn more about the basics ...

The Sun and white dwarfs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1622-the-sun-and-white-dwarfs
Professor Denis Sullivan studies white dwarfs – small and dense stars that are cooling down ...

Investigating refraction and spearfishing

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/59-investigating-refraction-and-spearfishing
In this activity, students aim spears at a model of a fish in a container of water. When they ...

Similarities and differences: tsunamis and surf waves

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/129-similarities-and-differences-tsunamis-and-surf-waves
In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based Venn diagram to illustrate the key ...

Light and sight: true or false?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/60-light-and-sight-true-or-false
In this activity, students participate in an interactive ‘true or false’ activity that ...

Investigating reflection

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/57-investigating-reflection
In this activity, students investigate specular and diffuse reflection by looking into a dark ...

Water

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/606-water
Water seems to be everywhere in New Zealand. Oceans surround us. There are hundreds of lakes ...

Predicting ocean waves

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/118-predicting-ocean-waves
NIWA scientist Richard Gorman predicts wind-forced wave conditions in the ocean using computer ...

Observing water – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1909-observing-water-introduction
Use these Material World resources for NZ Curriculum levels 1 and 2 to explore the ...

Space revealed – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1620-space-revealed-introduction
Astronomers studying space have two big problems: A lot of things in space seem invisible – ...
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