Whiringa-ā-rangi/November Pānui

 Science Communicators Mike Stone and Jenny Rankine welcome your feedback and suggestions at ISSN 2703-5166 


Resource: Slow Slip Events

The Hikurangi trench is one of New Zealand’s most hazardous areas for seismic activity. Scientists are learning more about the importance of the very slow movements that happen there. Download our publicly-available resource.

Resource: How to search critically online
Young people are assumed to be tech-savvy, but research shows few have good skills for finding reliable, accurate information online. As well as helping them discriminate between good science and bad, effective search skills can make a difference to assessment grades, and will also have an impact if students go on to tertiary studies. Download this members-only resource.
Resource: Secondary eel unit
Our second resource exploring mātauranga Māori related to tuna/eels describes Ben Chisnall’s year 11 units  about local aquatic species, including tuna. Their Putaiao unit standards require students to describe the importance of two aquatic species to local Māori, the tikanga of harvesting and processing, and the species’ habitat, adaptations, and life history/whakapapa. Download this members-only resource.

Resources: Two scientist profiles

We have two publicly-available and fascinating profiles for you this month, about materials chemist Nancy Garrity (Ngāti Makirangi, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Hine, Ngā Puhi), and ecologist Jacqueline Beggs (Ngāti Awa). Download them from our scientist profile page.

Resource: Participatory Science Platform projects
Teachers and students have been working with scientists, Māori and other community groups on local projects funded by the PSP. This article describes three teachers’ experiences with their students in three different projects - local curriculum in action. Download our publicly-available resource.
The next PSP project funding round is expected to open this month and seed funding enables schools to connect with other potential collaborators. Click for South Auckland PSP details, Taranaki PSP information, and Otago PSP details.
Watch webinar on mātauranga Māori and science
Watch this recent webinar for its many gems on teaching mātauranga Māori with science. Organised by the Chem Ed Biolive conference committee, panellists were Tame Malcolm (Te Arawa whānui, Ngāti Ruanui: Biology): Hemi Whaanga (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha) of University of Waikato; Nick Bryant (Ngati Whatua, Ngā Puhi; Biology), HoF Science at Hillcrest College; and Ruihi Shortland (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Rehia , Ngāti Awa, Te Patuwai; Chemistry), HOD Whakatane High School.
Expert exam support for NCEA Science students
At least 26 free webinars to support students will be streamed through YouTube from November 17 to December 10, 3-5 days ahead of each NCEA Science exam. Students can post questions in the chat for a moderator to put to the expert presenters. A recording of each session will be available through YouTube. The document is live so will be updated to reflect any changes. Please pass on to students; organised by NZASE President Douglas Walker.
Recording of Level 1 pilot webinar
Watch the recently-recorded NZASE panel discussion with teachers from three schools involved in this year's pilot of the new Level 1 Science standards.
New STEM online modules
STEM Online NZ is a free interactive teaching and learning resource for NCEA external standards in STEM subjects. Designed by subject-specialist teachers, this resource combines interactive learning content, videos, animations, quizzes, game-based content, as well as classroom experiments and activities, all with a distinctly kiwi flavour. 
Their newest set of free and publicly-available resources supports the learning of organic chemistry for NCEA L1 90932 (L2 91165 is being developed). Others include Physics learning for achievement standards 90940, 91171, 91173 and 91254; Chemistry learning for 91944 and 91164; as well as some Mathematics standards. Register for access to these resources.
South Island Science ACCORD PLD in November
MoE provides PLD for the new standards in Accord Days. For the next PLD day, Science teachers in the Canterbury and Westland regions will gather in Ōtautahi/Christchurch on Thursday November 25, Level 1 permitting. Sessions are planned on incorporating mātauranga Māori; piloting new standards, and networking. Email for details.
NZASE PLD coming in 2022
NZASE has funding as a Network of Expertise to provide professional learning and development (PLD) in 2022 and 2023 for teachers of science in years 1-11. The plan is to provide this across the country, with a combined primary and secondary workshop in each region in term 1. Terms 2 and 3 will see separate primary and secondary clusters in each region. We will also offer a two-hour webinar each term, for primary and secondary separately, particularly targeting those who are in remote areas and/or isolated situations. We want to develop strong regional networks, so the agenda for the term 2 and 3 PLD will be set by the teachers of each region. For all PLD, participants will be encouraged to share resources and expertise.
Sign up for PLD news
Other subject associations also have Networks of Expertise funding to provide PLD. This will be important in 2022 to help teachers prepare for new standards coming into effect, now in 2024. To get on PLD contact lists, email: -
Allan for BEANZ (Biology)
Donna or Jenny for ESSENZ (Earth & Space Science)
Kerry for HATA (Agriculture and Horticulture) at
Donna for NZASE (Science, years 1-11)  
Helen for NZIP (Physics).
Opportunities for Year 12 and 13 tauira
Powering Potential enables science and technology students from around the motu to study big science issues for three days in Wellington with other students and scientists. Funding covers travel, accommodation, food and activities for the three days. New applications, including a teacher testimonial and a 1m video by students, are welcome for April 22; email your questions.
Education Co-ordinator wanted in Taupō
Kids Greening Taupō (KGT) seeks a part-time Education Co-ordinator to work with schools, early childhood centres, and the community on restoration projects and other hands-on environmental education initiatives, from February 2 to December 2, 2022, Applications close November 17. Contact Rachel Thompson, 021 166 8332, or email.
Exhibition: Ngā Tohunga Whakatere – The Navigators
This 30m digital animation in the Wellington Space Place planetarium shows the navigators who used the stars to cross the Pacific to Aotearoa. Seen through the eyes of Moko, it explores the Pasifika, Maori and early European navigating traditions. Book here.
Exhibition: Days of Ice in February
The Days of Ice celebration will run from 24 February – March 6 2022 in Christchurch, and include Te Radar’s Antarcticana, an illustrated comedic lecture on all things Antarctic. See the rest of the programme here.

Events related to science teaching

See our events listing for upcoming events and activities by NZASE networks.
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