Join Karen Parker from Tahuna Normal Intermediate School and Greta Dromgool from the Science Learning Hub in a session which will introduce you to Vision 20/20, an exciting Participatory Science Platform project exploring big ideas about our eyes and vision.

Discover how experts from Otago Polytechnic and Otago University’s School of Medicine have teamed up with Tahuna Normal Intermediate School to develop a peer-to-peer vision screening programme. Explore the rich learning opportunities and resources this project provides and how it might ultimately benefit students throughout Aotearoa.

BONUS: If you attend the live webinar on 25 March, we will send you Child-to-child vision screening flipcharts for use in your school.

The content covered in this webinar links closely to the Living World strand and the science capabilities. It gets students involved in an issue that is meaningful to them and supports them to take vision screening into their own hands.

This session will be valuable for both primary and junior secondary school teachers.

Register here.

Joining the webinar

Follow these simple steps to join our webinar:

  1. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android by clicking on the link and following the instructions. You can also access Zoom on your phone, just follow the prompts.
  2. Find the chat box located in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. You may need to access this by clicking on ‘More’.
  3. Using the chat box, introduce yourself, where you teach and, if you are in a group, how many people are there.
  4. Set up your screen for optimal viewing. If you’re using a mobile device, you may wish to view in landscape. We recommend selecting a thumbnail view of the presenters – this way you can easily see what is being shared on the screen.

Then you can: 

  1. watch, listen and respond via chat to the presentation and discussion
  2. ask questions using the chat box at any time
  3. continue your learning on Slack – our online discussion forum and join the #primaryscience channel.

 The Science Learning Hub team will be there to support you and answer questions.

PLD certification

We currently offer recognition of teachers’ involvement in our online PLD.

To qualify for a professional learning and development certificate, teachers must:

  • register for and watch the live webinar or let us know they have viewed the recorded version once it is published on the website
  • register in Slack and participate in our discussions about our Vision 20/20 webinar or in the Slack #learning-reflections channel.

For information about how to get the best from our PLD section, joining Slack and more, see our Introducing our PLD article. 

Related content

Read about the rich learning opportunities the Vision 20/20 project provides and how it might ultimately benefit students throughout Aotearoa in the articles Improving vision screening for children and Improving vision screening for children – case study.

Discover resources about vision on the Hub:

Related activities

The activity Eye dissection uses cows’ eyes – they are a good size for observing many of the parts found in the human eye.

The activity Labelling the eye uses an interactive or paper-based resource to identify and label the main parts of the human eye.

In the activity Pinhole cameras and eyes, students make a pinhole camera and see images formed on an internal screen. They then use a lens and see brighter and sharper images. This models the human eye and can be modified to demonstrate short-sightedness and long-sightedness.

Useful links

See these videos for additional information about the Vision 20/20 project.


The Vision 20/20 Project received funding through Otago Science in Action, the Otago pilot of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) – a programme that is part of the Curious Minds initiative and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The government’s national strategic plan for Science in Society, A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, is a government initiative jointly led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.


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