Relative dating

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1485-relative-dating
Relative dating is used to arrange geological events, and the rocks they leave behind, in a ...

Cleaning up the oil spill

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1140-cleaning-up-the-oil-spill
On 5 October 2011, the cargo vessel Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef. The ship was ...

What are ceramics?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1769-what-are-ceramics
A ceramic is an inorganic non-metallic solid made up of either metal or non-metal compounds ...

What is clay?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1771-what-is-clay
Since the earliest times, humankind has had a close association with clay. From use as a ...

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 ...

Bioindicators

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1538-bioindicators
A bioindicator is a living organism that gives us an idea of the health of an ecosystem. Some ...

Bone and tooth minerals

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1796-bone-and-tooth-minerals
The minerals found in human teeth and bones that give them their hardness and strength belong ...

Renewable energy sources

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1571-renewable-energy-sources
Renewable energy is fuel that comes from a source that can be replenished in a short amount of ...

Middens

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1460-middens
In the past, people threw out their rubbish in particular sites much as we do today. These ...

Linking ideas, activities and lessons

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1825-linking-ideas-activities-and-lessons
In the primary classroom, even though teachers and students generally spend the day together ...

Bioplastics

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1474-bioplastics
Bioplastics are plastic materials that are either biodegradable or derived from renewable ...

Nuclear energy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1581-nuclear-energy
For many people, the term ‘nuclear energy’ is associated with negative events and feelings ...

New Zealand’s National Science Challenges

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1112-new-zealand-s-national-science-challenges
As New Zealanders looking to the future, we are faced with many opportunities – and challenges ...

Using solar energy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1747-using-solar-energy
Solar energy is transformed into other energy forms for our use on Earth – energy for food ...

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 ...

Uses for advanced ceramics

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1775-uses-for-advanced-ceramics
Advanced ceramics have an amazing range of properties and uses. They can be designed and ...

Hydro power

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1574-hydro-power
Hydro power uses water to generate electricity. Most hydro electricity is generated from fresh ...

Farming development and changing landscapes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/963-farming-development-and-changing-landscapes
Farming is a way of life in New Zealand. Farms cover about half of the country’s land and are ...

Composite materials

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1466-composite-materials
Composite materials (composites) are made when two or more materials with different properties ...

Ceramics – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1763-ceramics-introduction
The term ‘ceramic’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘pottery’ – these clay-based domestic ...

Solar energy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1746-solar-energy
The Sun is the source of almost all our energy. It is a huge ball of hot gases that gives off ...

Water quality

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1541-water-quality
The factors that affect water quality include where the water comes from, what is in the ...

Fossil correlation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1516-fossil-correlation
In this activity, students date fossils from one site by matching them to fossils already dated ...

Making a solar oven

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1754-making-a-solar-oven
In this activity, students will learn about using the Sun’s energy to meet our needs. They will ...
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