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  • Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
    Published 26 November 2018 Referencing Hub media

    Learning about the physical world includes learning about physical phenomena, how they interact and ways in which they can be represented. This helps students understand a wide range of contemporary issues and challenges and potential technological solutions.

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    Welcome to the Science Learning Hub, we’re glad you’ve found us!

    The physical world is full of fascinating phenomena, so teaching physics to your students might feel exciting – or overwhelming.

    At the Hub, a good place to start is choosing a topic. This is the broader context for your classroom physics learning to take place. Discussing rockets, for instance, is a popular topic encapsulating concepts such as force, gravity and space.

    Use the filters along the top to help you narrow down your search.

    In the Teacher PLD collection, you can build your confidence and brainstorm ways for exploring the topic with students.

    Our articles bring science concepts to life with the help of New Zealand scientists doing world-class research. Build your own understanding or share with your students, perhaps while integrating literacy strategies.

    Our activities are designed with students in mind. They range from quick proofs through to large-scale investigations and enquiries. Our bite-sized videos can bring a scientist right into your classroom.

    Another way to access content is our concepts. Here, you’ll find the specific physics concepts you may want to teach – or browse for inspiration. For example, waves introduces students to the important wider physics phenomenon of waves. Here, you’ll find articles and activities that focus on how sound and light waves work, how they are measured and how studying waves helps us understand our world and develop technological applications.

    If you know what you want to search, use our search engine to find resources. You can see how magnetism as a concept interacts with other scientific concepts.

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    At the Science Learning Hub, we can help make your physics teaching stimulating and rewarding, so that your students are left wanting to find out more.

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    The Science Learning Hub has a range of recorded webinars to support you with your physics teaching. Have a look at our Physics made simple webinars – force and motion, gravity, waves as well as our session Exploring magnetism.

    See our collection Learning at home – Galileo: exploring simple physics, engineering and astronomy, and the nature of science. This has useful background information and simple activities to support learning about one of the world's greatest heritage scientists: Galileo.

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    Check out some resources for physics in te reo Māori.

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