Artificial satellites

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/269-artificial-satellites
An artificial satellite is an object that people have made and launched into orbit using ...

Lift-off

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/389-lift-off
A rocket will launch and keep speeding up as long as the force pushing it upwards (thrust) is ...

Natural satellites

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/271-natural-satellites
A satellite is anything that orbits around a larger object. A natural satellite is any ...

Gravity and satellite motion

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/268-gravity-and-satellite-motion
Gravity is a force that attracts all objects towards each other. People are attracted towards ...

Non-renewable energy sources

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1570-non-renewable-energy-sources
Energy comes from many sources, and to describe these sources we use two terms: renewable and ...

Our solar system – revolutionary ideas

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/280-our-solar-system-revolutionary-ideas
Since the earliest times, humans have made observations of the night sky. These observations ...

Light and telescopes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1625-light-and-telescopes
The universe is full of amazing things, but we need help to see most of them. There are many ...

Launching satellites

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/272-launching-satellites
Launching a satellite into orbit requires consideration of a number of major science ideas ...

Satellite communications

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/270-satellite-communications
Communications satellites are used to send and receive radio signals for television, phone or ...

Distances in space

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1624-distances-in-space
Distances in space are really, really big. The Voyager 1 spacecraft is heading out of our Solar ...

History of satellites – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1905-history-of-satellites-timeline
See key dates relating to early discoveries about natural and artificial satellites in this ...

Plasmas explained

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/238-plasmas-explained
We happily live in the Earth’s gaseous lower atmosphere composed of a mixture of gases – ...

Revitalising Māori astronomy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1274-revitalising-maori-astronomy
Māori ancestors possessed a wealth of astronomical knowledge that they referred to as tātai ...

Astronomical cycles

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1036-astronomical-cycles
Ice caps have come and gone over the Earth’s surface for many millions of years. What has ...

Observing clouds and weather

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/628-observing-clouds-and-weather
Wayfinder navigators always look for signs of weather at sunrise and sunset. This is when they ...

The Sun and white dwarfs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1622-the-sun-and-white-dwarfs
Professor Denis Sullivan studies white dwarfs – small and dense stars that are cooling down ...

Energy sources through time – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1636-energy-sources-through-time-timeline
Use this timeline to explore how humans have relied on fossil fuels in the past and how we are ...

The star compass – kāpehu whetū

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/622-the-star-compass-kapehu-whetu
Like the Sun, stars rise in the eastern horizon and set in the western horizon. Navigators who ...

Rediscovering traditional Māori navigation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/597-rediscovering-traditional-maori-navigation
Recently, there has been renewed interest in understanding how Polynesian peoples navigated the ...

Waka hourua

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/633-waka-hourua
The ancient craft that carried the first settlers to New Zealand were probably double-hulled – ...

Navigating with Sun, Moon and planets

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/624-navigating-with-sun-moon-and-planets
Knowledge about the apparent movement of the Sun, Moon and planets across the celestial sphere ...

The Matariki star cluster

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2322-the-matariki-star-cluster
Using the Matariki star cluster as a context for learning can cover many different subjects ...

Planet Earth and Beyond – The night sky

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2263-planet-earth-and-beyond-the-night-sky
The Science Learning Hub has lots of resources for primary teachers related to the night sky in ...

Constellations in the night sky

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/635-constellations-in-the-night-sky
In this activity, students learn about star constellations and that various cultures have their ...
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