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Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics

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  • Puzzles of the human mind: Thu, May 1, 6pm – 8pm, Royal Society of New Zealand, Te Whare Aparangi, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington (map). Early childhood experiences can have a major impact on human development. Given this, it is puzzling that as adults we have little or no memory for these early, important experiences. In this first Ten by Ten talk, Professor Harlene Hayne will explain how a series of ingenious experiments that first began with Dunedin infants in 1995, has thrown light on this issue by demonstrating when children first develop different types of memory, how those memories are accessed and how language can affect which memories are established and maintained.  Register now and Here

  • Science 360 for ipad:The USA’s National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science 360 for iPad provides access to science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers. The app, is a free download.

  • Teaching the Process of Molecular Phylogeny and Systematics: A Life Sciences Education multi-part Inquiry-Based exercise where students explore molecular data from Homo sapiens and four related primates; developing multiple hypotheses regarding the ancestry of these five species by analyzing DNA sequences, protein sequences, and chromosomal maps, whilst  learning about the nature and process of science.

  • NZ IceFest : New Zealand’s iconic Antarctic Festival. Celebrating New Zealand’s leadership in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and held every second year in Christchurch by the Christchurch City Council, this unique festival is back again from 26th Sept to 12th Oct 2014.The NZ IceFest 2014 Education programme can be done in Terms 2 and 3 and leads up to the festival held over the October School Holidays. The programme includes 3 fun projects (with learning objectives linked to the NZ curriculum). All information is also available online.

  • Whaleopedia:  (), a complete guide to all species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, with hundreds of photographs, videos, accurate artwork and audio recordings, plus natural history information.

  • From the Biotech Learning HubProgrammable antibiotic ‘smart bomb’Stressed out cells revert to stem cells

  • Why do leaves change colour in autumn?: The days are getting shorter and deciduous trees are turning red, orange, yellow and brown – it must be autumn!

  • Flesh-eating water? Acids have a reputation for eating through flesh and metal, but the truth is that plain old water does most of their dirty work for them.

  • IcePower! Freezing water in a syringe to measure the expansion

  • Recycle RoundUp! Play Recycle Roundup, and see if you can sort out all the trash!

  • The Chicken and the Egg Question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  • Coastal Field Trip: Travel with LEARNZ  on a Coastal field trip (Harbours and estuaries 27-29 May)




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