Here is a list of New Zealand Science websites that inspire young and old.
The Science Learning Hub
A place to find out more about New Zealand science. Watch scientists in action on a video clip, find out what questions are being asked, and explore some of their key subject ideas.
Many House of Science kits have a SLH collection curated for you.
Mātauranga Online Learning Platform
The story of how the America's Cup has always been more than just a boat race, and how innovative thinking has been the secret of New Zealand's success. There's also the story of how today's sailors walk in the footsteps of Kupe, and the science, innovation and technology of our tīpuna.
From out of these stories come questions. There are some examples but you will have more, and so will your students. The stories are designed to inspire further discussions around STEM and Mātauranga.
Explore the range of high-interest teaching and learning resources for primary and secondary students aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum. These enable students to explore and make connections between their learning in the context of New Zealand’s food & fibre sectors.
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
Huge variety of downloadable teacher resources and student activity books. Links to the following HoS kits: Enlighten Me, Micro Exploration, Rock my World, and Big Blue Future.
Out There Learning
Do you love to explore New Zealand? This YouTube channel is for you if you enjoy learning about nature, especially the geology of Aotearoa. Created by Educational consultant and Science communicator Julian Thomson, the videos aim to help people read the landscape and understand the amazing processes that have created it and are still continually at work along a very active plate tectonic collision zone.
The Wonder Project - Engineering NZ
The Wonder Project is a series of hands-on programmes that seamlessly knit into the New Zealand school curriculum. They’re designed to spark wonder and awe in young Kiwis from Year 5–13 and get them excited about a future STEM career.
School outreach from the University of Victoria Science Faculty
Victoria University of Wellington’s hands-on science sessions take place in the classroom (or hall), so your students can learn exciting new things in a familiar setting. Sessions are curriculum linked, and can be booked as either a stand-alone visit, or as a two-part programme over the course of a term.
#BetterWorkStories - new from the MacDiarmid Institute
Check out some inspiring 90sec videos to see how science has taken these young people on a journey into different areas in government and industry. Even from the physics lab to Rocket Lab.
Young Ocean Explorers
A truly interactive video series about the sea and its wildlife, hosted by school student Riley and her dad Steve Hathaway. Check out their live broadcasts with well known guests, each weekday during the lockdown at 12:30pm
Suzy Cato invites you to investigate the wonderful world around you as she goes on a journey of discovery. Please join her - she needs all the help she can get! These episodes are from the hugely popular TV Series which screened on TV3 a few years ago. Designed with the help of teachers, scientists Suzy's World was created around the school science curriculum. It's entertaining, educational and encourages kids to have an active interest in the environment and an awareness of their body.
NZ Geographic - Together at Home
Every day of the lock-down NZ Geographic posts a story or video with some talking points designed specifically to be shared among families to fill your days at home together.
Science with Mrs B
Carol Brieseman is a multi award-winning primary teacher from Wellington with an infectious passion for science. She shares some great at-home science experiments via short videos.
NZ Association of Primary Science Educators
A branch of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE). Their role is to celebrate science in Primary Schools and to enhance the teaching and learning of science at primary level. The NZAPSE runs an annual Primary Science Week in Term 2 proving an opportunity for all New Zealand schools to engage in science learning.
The Science Roadshow
Live shows, hands-on exhibits and teacher resources that broaden student knowledge and experience; connecting with science and technology and the world around them. Presented by the National Science-Technology Roadshow Trust, the Roadshow provides quality interactive learning experiences in science, technology and innovation to New Zealanders. It has been doing so continuously since the first Science Roadshow 'hit the road' in 1988.
Download the teacher guide to see how House of Science kits link to this year's exhibits and shows.
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
Research, educational material, publications, maps, FAQ, teachers' and students' sections, and links to the various national centres of NIWA. This is also a source of climate data that students can use in science projects.
GNS Learning Materials
Be inspired to appreciate the amazing story being uncovered by New Zealand geoscientists. Topics cover Earthquakes, Fossils, Landforms, Volcanoes, Tsunami and many more.
Also check out GEONET for real-time NZ seismographs and volcano cameras.
Teaching resources including their popular 'what is this bug', an insect identification tool in English and Māori.
Department of Conservation
Find resources to support conservation teaching and learning, and DOC supported education programmes you can get involved in. The site includes background information, teacher resources, and possible school field trips to support educational experiences outside the classroom.
A series of virtual field trips for science, for year 1-13 students. This covers a wide variety of topics and visiting a wide variety of locations, LEARNZ online field trips are self-contained and free for New Zealand teachers and their classes.
Royal Society of New Zealand
Support science and technology education in New Zealand by running programmes for students and teachers and by linking science and technology education providers with teachers, students, schools and each other.
Soil, Food & Society
The story of where our food comes from. A resource for learning and teaching science YEAR 5 - 8
Teacher and school resources including curriculum resources, policy and practices, and resources for school community partnerships. Significant sections for primary and secondary schools.
A national programme that engages students from year four onwards in STEM communication, events and activities
Hands-on STEM projects designed for 6-11 year olds. Give your child a headstart with future-critical skills as they train with science superhero Nanogirl!
STEM online NZ
A free interactive teaching and learning resource for NCEA external standards in STEM subjects. Designed specifically for New Zealand teachers and students 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.