Seismic waves

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/340-seismic-waves
When an earthquake occurs, the shockwaves of released energy that shake the Earth and ...

How do base isolators work?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1022-how-do-base-isolators-work
Base isolation is a technique developed to prevent or minimise damage to buildings during an ...

Under the Earth’s surface

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/931-under-the-earth-s-surface
The Earth is an enormous place. There is so much that we don’t yet know about what happens on ...

Liquefaction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/343-liquefaction
Liquefaction is a process that temporarily turns firm ground into a liquid. During the ...

Earthquakes and volcanoes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/930-earthquakes-and-volcanoes
We live in a very exciting country. A day’s drive in a car can take us from snowy mountains ...

Canterbury earthquakes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/342-canterbury-earthquakes
An earthquake near Christchurch in September 2010 started a chain of events still being felt ...

Seismic engineering

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/331-seismic-engineering
Seismic engineering is a branch of engineering that searches for ways to make structures, such ...

Earthquakes New Zealand

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/347-earthquakes-new-zealand
The series of activities described below was designed to help students develop an understanding ...

Investigating earthquakes – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/329-investigating-earthquakes-introduction
Shaky New Zealand About 14,000 earthquakes are recorded in and around New Zealand every year ...

Earthquakes – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1557-earthquakes-timeline
A look at some of the historical aspects of Earthquakes, find out how our understanding of what ...

Plates and quakes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/349-plates-and-quakes
In this activity, students take on the roles of seismologists, vulcanologists and geographers ...

Shaky New Zealand

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/350-shaky-new-zealand
In this activity, students use maps to plot a graph of earthquakes under New Zealand to show ...

Earthquakes – unit plan

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/357-earthquakes-unit-plan
About 14,000 earthquakes are recorded in and around New Zealand every year. Canterbury’s 7.1  ...

Tectonic sandwiches

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/934-tectonic-sandwiches
In this activity, students make sandwiches to investigate tectonic plate boundaries and how ...

Best base isolator

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/355-best-base-isolator
In this activity, students use a physical model to investigate the effectiveness of different ...

Earthquakes resources – planning pathways

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2530-earthquakes-resources-planning-pathways
Many New Zealanders have felt the shake of an earthquake, and most students are aware of big ...

Investigating earthquakes – key terms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1049-investigating-earthquakes-key-terms
Earthquakes help shape New Zealand and are a constant threat in many parts of the country. The ...

Shaky scientists and engineers

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/929-shaky-scientists-and-engineers
The definition of a scientist is a person who studies or practises any of the sciences ...

Dr Bill Robinson (1938 -2011)

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/345-dr-bill-robinson-1938-2011
Field: Seismic Engineering. Organisation: Robinson Seismic Limited. Dr William (Bill) Robinson ...

Models of the Earth

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/932-models-of-the-earth
Activity idea In this activity, students use models to visualise the layers inside the Earth ...

Strengthening Parliament House

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/332-strengthening-parliament-house
Modernising a building by digging a moat? Sounds strange, but this is what happened during the ...

Investigating earthquakes – question bank

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2507-investigating-earthquakes-question-bank
An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. This question bank provides a ...

Sydney Opera House in virtual 3D

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2135-sydney-opera-house-in-virtual-3d
The iconic Sydney Opera House is to be digitally recreated for future generations by a team of ...