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Introducing Innovation

We live in a fast-changing world. We often hear that innovation is what’s needed to address the global challenges and local issues that we’re facing, to seize new and unexpected opportunities as ...

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Vegetative plant propagation

Plant propagation is the process of increasing the number of plants of a particular species or cultivar. Propagation can be via sexual or asexual means. Over the years, horticulturalists have ...

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The science of tea

All tea is made from the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Six main types of tea are produced – white, yellow, green, oolong, black and post-fermented. Each type of tea has a unique ...

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The marshmallow challenge

The marshmallow challenge is an ideal introduction to several key aspects of innovation – idea generation, collaboration, creativity and teamwork. It‘s a simple experiential activity where teams ...

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Innovation – key terms

This resource provides explanations of the key terms encountered when exploring Innovation. Some of these terms are complex to explain clearly and concisely. We’ve provided these explanations to ...

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The ZESPRI biospife

The biospife – a novel tool produced through a partnership between ZESPRI and Scion – is made from bioplastic material that incorporates kiwifruit residues. It’s designed to be composted along ...

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Robots for horticulture

The value of the horticultural industry will increase with better pollination systems, robust quality control, better traceability systems, more cost-competitive practice and solutions for the ...

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Distilling oils and hydrosols

Where can a question take you? For Sue Fergus and her students at Taranaki’s Toko School, questions about candle scents and what to do with lavender plants led to a Curious Minds Participatory ...

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Innovation ecosystem

Innovation can be described as the result of the creative process of turning an idea into an outcome that creates value for people. Innovation tends to be customer-focused, providing a new ...

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ACTIVITY

Invention or innovation?

We hear the word ‘innovation’ used a lot today, but it is often used to mean different things. In this activity, students clarify their understanding of innovation by exploring how it is ...

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Novel properties emerge at the nanoscale

Researchers and scientists are interested in the nanoscale, because when many materials get down to these tiny sizes, they start to behave differently and novel properties emerge. Sometimes the ...

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Alternatives to 1080

Hunting, trapping and poisons are the three most commonly used methods of mammalian pest control in New Zealand. Each method has benefits and limitations. Extensive research is focused on ...

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Zealong: a unique New Zealand tea

Zealong is New Zealand’s only commercial tea plantation. Zealong grows, processes and packages its tea in New Zealand and markets it as a niche product around the world including traditional ...

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Testing food energy

Both human and laboratory-based tests are used to measure how quickly energy is released from a food. Carbohydrates for energy Carbohydrates are the most common source of energy in our diet. They ...

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TEACHER PLD

Innovation – an integrated approach to science and ...

When St Francis Xavier Catholic School decided on the theme ‘Innovation’ as a whole-school science and technology focus, year 3 teacher Jo Collyer began searching for relevant teaching resources ...

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Biotech in New Zealand

New Zealand has one of the fastest growing biotechnology industries in the world. What does this mean for our economy, employment, and research? The biotech boom Biotechnology is booming in New ...

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Marine biodiversity in New Zealand

Many of New Zealand’s species are endemic – they are found nowhere else on Earth. This makes New Zealand’s biodiversity very special in the world. This includes marine biodiversity – for example ...

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