Welcome to the Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao!

The Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao links New Zealand scientists with school students, teachers and community audiences.

Our 7,876 resources showcase cutting-edge science and demonstrate how the stories of science can be used to enrich school teaching and learning, making it more relevant, engaging and meaningful.

The resources are curated in topics and concepts. You can also search for specific content. If you’re unable to find resources you’ve used in the past, please get in touch – we’d love to be able to help you.

About the Hub

We are a national project funded by the New Zealand Government to make examples of New Zealand science, technology and engineering more accessible and visible.

To do this, we use a range of media to tell the stories of New Zealand research and development. Wrap-around teacher resources demonstrate how these stories can be used as contexts for creating relevant, engaging classroom programmes.

Content is developed by teachers, teacher educators and multimedia experts working closely with New Zealand’s scientists, technologists and engineers.

As always, we’d love your feedback – anything from design to content. Please use the handy feedback tool at the bottom left of your screen or email us.

Funding

The Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao is an integral component of the New Zealand Government’s Science in Society Plan – A Nation of Curious Minds, He Whenua Hihiri I te Mahara.

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The Hub features work from all of New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes and many other organisations. It represents a significant investment by government and New Zealand’s research and development sector in school science and technology education.

The project is managed by the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Te Kura Toi Tangata, Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato – Te Whare Wananga o Waikato.

Introducing our social media

The Hub has an active presence across several social media platforms. Our aim is to interact with and support Hub users, facilitate closer connections between scientists and educators and promote other relevant resources, connections and conversations in the science/technology education and communication space.

Following us is also a great way to make connections between topical events and Hub resources and for keeping up to date with new content and science-related events.

Find out more about how we can help here.

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Pond is for New Zealand educators and learners. It provides a sophisticated search function and tools that make it easier to discover, review and share educational content and services. Come join us!

Introducing our team

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Alister Jones

(Project Director), Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, The University of Waikato

Alister is nationally and internationally recognised for his research and leadership in science and technology education and has led the Hub project since its genesis in 2004. He believes passionately in the role of the Hub as a sustainable mechanism for science organisations to communicate with a wider audience.

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Professor Bronwen Cowie

(Project Director), Director, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, The University of Waikato

Bronwen has worked on a wide range of national and international research projects in education, including in science and technology education. Her current research interests include classroom assessment, student voice, the role of digital technologies in supporting teacher and student learning and culturally responsive pedagogies.

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Dr Cathy Buntting

(Project Director), Senior Research Fellow, The University of Waikato

Cathy loves working in the ‘third space’ between science and education, facilitating connections between these two sectors for the mutual benefit of both. She is also a strong advocate for the thoughtful and strategic incorporation of digital technologies to enhance learning.

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Andrea Soanes

(Project Manager)

Andrea is an experienced secondary school teacher and brings to the project a passion for science and environmental education in rich, relevant contexts, extensive school and community connections and considerable project management and resource development experience.

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Vanya Bootham

(Technical Manager)

Vanya has been with the project from the early days and manages the processes of getting new content onto the site as well as all updates and technical enhancements. She sees the internet as an incredibly powerful tool for easy development and curation of content by multiple users.

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Rachel Douglas

(Social Media, Copyright and Content Developer)

Digital media specialist Rachel has spent many years interviewing scientists and creating resources for the Hub. She is also responsible for our active social media platforms and copyright.

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Angela Schipper

(Content Developer)

Angela is a very experienced primary school teacher and has been part of the Hub team for many years. She contributes an enormous amount of knowledge, skill and enthusiasm for science education to the Hub.

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Greta Dromgool

(Professional Development Facilitator and Content Developer)

Greta is an experienced science teacher who has worked in both secondary and intermediate schools. In 2015, she completed the Science Teacher Leadership Programme working with the Bee Team at Plant & Food Research. Greta is passionate about supporting teachers at all levels to offer engaging, thought-provoking science lessons.

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Ted Cizadlo

(Content Developer)

Ted brings a background of physics expertise, having worked in a science imaging lab, IT systems, secondary science teaching in the US and primary science PLD in New Zealand.

Quality assurance

All content is reviewed by the featured scientists and/or their organisations as well as a panel of education experts.

Content team support

Our video editor, designer and style editor help ensure the superior quality of our resources. Other experts, such as voice-over artists, animators and more, are called on as needed.

The Haunt crew

The team at Haunt Digital are our webmasters and technical wizards. You can find more about them on their website.

Celebrating our awards

New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards 2018 Nz excellence in it awards

The Science Learning Hub was one of three finalists in the Excellence in IT Education category for the 2018 Excellence in IT Awards. The New Zealand ITx awards are sector-wide and recognise the individuals and teams behind software and information technology.

World Summit Award 2013 Wsa

The Science Learning Hub was a winner in the e-learning and science category of the World Summit Award 2013. More than 160 countries are actively involved in this biennial award, which celebrates e-content and creativity.

TUANZ Innovation Award 2011 Tuanz

The Science Learning Hub won the Education category at the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) 2011 Innovation Awards. The awards honour innovation across New Zealand’s telecommunications sector.