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  • Kia ora from the Hub team! Websites can seem pretty impersonal, but the Hub is backed by a small team with a diverse set of skills and an abundance of enthusiasm about the natural world. Our content is developed by teachers (ECE – secondary), teacher educators and multimedia experts – working closely with scientists from Aotearoa New Zealand’s universities and research institutes.

    This post explains a few of the principles that underlie the content we create.

    We enjoy telling the stories of contemporary science and the challenge of using these stories to create engaging and relevant resources for teachers and students in Aotearoa and around the world.

    We recognise that science is just one of the knowledge systems available in Aotearoa. Mātauranga Māori is a vast repository of knowledge of te taiao. As educators, we are committed to including mātauranga Māori and mātauranga pūtaiao in order to enrich the curriculum for all students.

    It’s like having an expert right beside you

    Classroom teachers and scientists discuss the merits of the Science Learning Hub.

    The Hub team also recognises that classrooms are busy, dynamic places. Many teachers (and caregivers) may feel a bit out of their depth when exploring science topics. Fortunately, you don’t need to be an expert! The Hub has hundreds of short, sharp videos with real experts. And even if you are an expert, the videos enable you to step away from your role as presenter and focus on facilitating discussion – particularly useful when dealing with socio-scientific issues.

    The team is delighted to add a newsletter/news/blog section to the website. We see it as another way to engage with the education and science communities. You can find out what’s new on the site by keeping an eye on the notification bell at the top right corner of each page, by subscribing to our monthly newsletter (see the bottom of each web page to subscribe), and by checking us out on our social media platforms below.

    We also welcome any comments, ideas and feedback, either via our social media channels or email us.

    Published 30 June 2021 Referencing Hub articles
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