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  • We welcome the new year and are looking forward to sharing inspiring content from the Hub's team and our collaborators.

    Welcome back

    We hope you have had an enjoyable break and are ready to tackle the school environment with excitement and resilience. We know there are many changes and challenges ahead – we are there to support you in creating rich learning opportunities. Please get in touch if you need inspiration or support to find what you need.

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    At the beach

    A typical beach-side situation. How much UV radiation would there be shining on the person?

    Coming up in term 1

    We have some great content in development so keep an eye out for the notification bell at the top righ hand corner of our site to be alerted to some exciting new resources.

    Upcoming content includes:

    • Māori knowledge of the animals of Aotearoa
    • Animal ethics – including Māori perspectives
    • Engaging content about volcanoes and drilling for magma
    • Marine invaders – learn more about invasive pest species in our marine environment
    • ... plus much more!

    Professional development online webinars

    Register now for Hivemind – Foaming and Fizzing with the wonderfully engaging Science in a Van at 4pm on 22 February.

    We have been busy planning lots of webinars and we hope to see you on 4pm, 28 March for Learning benefits of a knowledge systems approach to science with Rose Hipkins and Pauline Waiti. They will discuss what they think is missing from the science capabilities – and why this is important.

    Register here

    Watch Part 1 and 2 of this webinar series:

    These webinars are currently being planned with more information coming soon:

    • 4 April (TBC) – in celebration of Primary Science Week we will be hosting a webinar on safety and science for primary classrooms.
    • Sniper the hioho dog – Tracking and monitoring the hioho (yellow-eyed penguin) in remote islands.

    New content available now

    Takahē – new genetic research – read about how new research has shed light on the takahē. Not only has it uncovered the significant impact of humans and past climate change but has also led to new theories on their evolutionary history.

    In Pūteketeke – it’s OK to laugh at Bird of the Century we celebrate the pūteketeke, winner of 2023’s Bird of the Century contest, and explore the important role of humour in science communication.

    Rights: Public domain


    Pūteketeke, the Australasian crested grebe.

    Check out our Citizen science page for fresh classoom ideas.

    Some topical things to think about

    The 2024 New Zealand Bug of the Year has just been announced and kahukura | New Zealand red admiral is the winner! Find out more about our wide range of butterfly resources in this handy article.

    Keep these on your planning radar:

    If you are still in summer mode, we have curated lots of resources in our Summer science collection and our Science in the Sun Pinterest board.

    Try incorporating some of these upcoming events in your classroom and see the related content for teaching ideas.

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    Noho ora mai

    Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao

    Published 14 February 2024 Referencing Hub articles
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