News


Oct 19

Training the next generation of Stink Bug Hunters

This week KiwiFruit Vine Health (KVH) helped bring biosecurity alive for groups of intermediate students taking part in the Creepy Crawlies Meets Primary Production project.

For two field-days, students were introduced to kiwifruit and avocados as great industries and future career options and were shown science and technology at work. Grading and packing, checking out pests under microscopes, and learning about drone spraying taught students what it takes to produce and sell an export crop. These activities were built on Curious Minds modules developed by Scion and House of Science.

See http://www.kvh.org.nz/newsroom/id/1669 for more details



Oct 08

Introducing Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital

Keeping bad bugs and devastating foreign animal and plant diseases out of our region is everyone’s business.

A new partnership, Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC), aims to counter these threats through community collaboration. It is the first partnership of its kind in New Zealand.

Biosecurity (protecting against unwanted organisms) matters to anyone who likes to harvest kaimoana from the sea, walk in native forest or eat New Zealand-grown produce. It affects us if we want to earn a living or operate a business. Our economy and lifestyle depend on the health of our land and sea.

One biosecurity breach could threaten an entire species of birds or trees. It could harm our environment, health, our livelihoods and our cultural identity, affecting us and future generations. It would hit ports, tourism, horticulture and farms – everyone from gardeners to chief executives.

House of Science is proud to be part of the TMBC initiative – launching on October 16 – which brings together councils, iwi, government, science, education and business representatives for the first time, to lead and take action towards biosecurity excellence. We hope to show other New Zealand communities how to work together to guard what is precious to us and we are part of a national campaign, Ko Tatou This Is Us.



Aug 10

Watch a resource kit video

Chris unpacks the ESR ‘Who-Diddit’ kit to show how each resource kit is full of incredible resources and teacher support materials. AND it’s all bi-lingual! Click here to check it out.



Aug 08

Invasion Busters board games makes it onto the news!

We recently worked with AgResearch Scientist and board game enthusiast John Kean on a new Biosecurity Resource kit. The Invasion Busters board game is part of this kit.

Check out the video

 



Jun 21

Annual report published

The first annual report for the House of Science NZ Charitable trust was published recently, and presented at the A.G.M. in Tauranga. Click on the image to see a PDF copy of the report.



Jun 12

New Prime Minister Chief Science Adviser announced

Professor Juliet Gerrard will take over from Sir Peter Gluckman on June 30th. We look forward to meeting her! Click here to read a Science Media Centre article about this news.



May 18

Wellington HoS Good in your Hood???

Our Wellington House of Science branch is currently featured in the Z ‘Good in the Hood’ promotion.

Z has been helping groups do good in their neighbourhoods since 2012, giving away more than $1 million each year. That’s more than $5 million so far to groups and projects doing good across New Zealand!

 Check out the short clip and VOTE for them!



Apr 20

Call for sponsors

The House of Science runs an annual one-day symposium – a fantastic day for the whole community to learn, network and be inspired by great local science. This year the symposium will be in the Hutt Valley at the brand new Hutt Events Centre. The theme is ‘It takes a village’ and we are currently looking for sponsors for the event. Hutt City Council has already claimed the premier sponsor slot but we have plenty of other opportunities. Contact Chris for more info.



Apr 19

Welcome to our new website

We are delighted to reveal this website upgrade which has been under development for several months. Huge thanks to Andrew from Omninet who has worked tirelessly and accommodated all our requests. Debbie also deserves a pat on the back for entering all the existing kit bookings (hundreds!) and setting up programmes, schools and users. Teachers of our member schools will see a smoother user interface, ability to filter kits by date and/or curriculum area. If you are a member and cannot log in, please contact your local House of Science General Manager.



Apr 06

Teaching Science to Teachers RNZ article

Getting school children excited about science can be a tough feat especially if teachers aren’t engaged themselves.

But there’s a programme that gets teachers involved in science, not just for a day, but for a full 6 months so they can take what they learn back to their schools and their students.

Ross Intermediate School in Palmerston North nominated one of its teachers, Sharyn Loveridge, for the Science Teaching Programme, she tells Jesse Mulligan from RNZ about it

Click here to listen to the article