Solids, liquids and gases

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/607-solids-liquids-and-gases
Water is the only common substance that is naturally found as a solid, liquid or gas. Solids ...

States of matter

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1499-states-of-matter
Anything that has mass is made up of matter – an all-encompassing word for atoms and molecules ...

E. coli – the biotech bacterium

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1899-e-coli-the-biotech-bacterium
The bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli for short) is crucial in modern biotechnology ...

Carbon cycle

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1569-carbon-cycle
The carbon cycle can seem like a complex process because there are many interacting parts ...

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 ...

Melting and freezing

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/608-melting-and-freezing
Water can exist as a solid (ice), liquid (water) or gas (vapour or gas). Adding heat can cause ...

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 ...

Wool fibre properties

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/875-wool-fibre-properties
Wool’s range of desirable properties make it a valuable material for many different purposes ...

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 ...

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 ...

Seeing atoms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1652-seeing-atoms
Nanotechnology is possible partly because tools have been developed to ‘see’ particles of ...

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 ...

Electricity and sensors

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1602-electricity-and-sensors
All materials are made up of tiny particles called atoms. Atoms are made up of even smaller ...

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 ...

Observing bubbles

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/609-observing-bubbles
The next time you use a straw to blow bubbles into your juice or use a bubble wand to make soap ...

Sir Isaac Newton

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1511-sir-isaac-newton
Born in England in 1643, Sir Isaac Newton could easily have ended up as a farmer instead of ...

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 ...

Carbon dioxide emissions calculator

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1588-carbon-dioxide-emissions-calculator
This activity requires access to two Internet sites: a carbon emissions calculator and a school ...

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 ...

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 ...
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