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  • Engage your students in authentic science practices via ecological monitoring in your own backyard.

    Get involved in active science

    Don’t let winter limit your science options. There are so many options – both indoors and outside.

    Citizen science

    If you are keen to get outside, engage your students in authentic science practices and help scientists improve their knowledge of species abundance and distribution, check out The Great Kiwi Earthworm Survey and The Great Kererū Count (no longer running). Both projects can be done at school, at home or as part of a camp or outing. There are plenty of indoor options, too. Peruse online photographs to spot Otago skinks or count Weddell seals. Visit our citizen science section for other projects and useful pedagogical tips.

    Engaging students in citizen science can make science education relevant and purposeful. Projects can be used as short-term experiences to build enthusiasm or as part of larger units of learning – we have wrap-around resources to support both options.

    Fresh water monitoring – resources and free PLD

    Water quality is a hot topic in Aotearoa. Use the winter months to learn about key science concepts including water flows and catchments, water quality indicators and human impacts on water quality. Wai Māori explores values and connections between iwi, wai and awa. When the weather warms up, use the knowledge to take a hands-on look at stream health monitoring. Check out this short video below to find out what it's all about.

    Join us for a free online webinar that will provide step-by-step instructions and protocols for fresh water monitoring. We are excited to feature Alex Daniel from the Waikato Regional Council and resources from Rivers and Us.

    Date: 6 August 2020

    Time: 4:00–4:45 pm

    Register here.

    UPDATE: See the recording and supporting materials here: Rivers and Us – monitoring our waterways.

    Celebrating Matariki

    The Matariki star cluster has reappeared! Celebrate this special time of year with our new activity Naming the whetū in te kāhui o Matariki. It uses the labelling interactive Te iwa o Matariki. Enjoy!

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    Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao

    Published 29 July 2020 Referencing Hub articles
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