The Science Learning Hub is developed by educators and teachers in collaboration with New Zealand scientists to provide resources for teachers of students up to year 10. It is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and managed by the University of Waikato.
Dr Bronwyn Lowe (University of Otago) worked with Māori weavers to explore the properties of different harakeke varieties.
In this video clip, Bronwyn explains how the weavers’ traditional knowledge (mātauranga) and her own findings from microscopy of harakeke leaves often echoed each other.
Continually there are good and bad messages about the nature of science in our classroom teaching and in popular media.
This activity uses two video clips as a fun way to introduce this idea to the students. They show how easy it is for them to miss the real meaning of the nature of science if they are not looking for it.