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Summer celebrations and good things to come

It’s been a memorable year for the Science Learning Hub team! We move into summer with some exciting collaborations.

Working with the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, we’ve just published Rethinking plastics. It includes the interactive timeline Plastics: innovations and impacts – an exploration of plastic technology, impacts and initiatives. Plastic is a wicked problem that offers a rich context for learning – our planning pathway will help you get started.

December brings our celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table to a close. You helped us chose the final element – gallium – in our year-long series. Sign in to the Hub and check out our collection of elemental articles and activities.

There is still time to enter our 2019 Christmas giveaway competition for a chance to win a fabulous prize package, just remember to use #ScienceLearningHub19.

Coming to you in 2020


The new year will bring new content! First up will be our collaboration with Waikato Regional Council. The new resources include videos, interactives and activities for use in learning about our precious waterways – including Māori perspectives, the water cycle and stream monitoring.

With permission from the Ministry of Education, we are working to bring back to life some of the key Building Science Concepts booklets. Our vision is to update and refresh these hugely valuable resources onto an online format. The initial resources will feature light and shadows, and sound – the focus for Primary Science Week 2020.

Next up is Te Reo o Te Repo – the Voice of the Wetland. We are partnering with Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research to develop resources, host wānanga for kura and communities and more!!

And for you rocket fans, our popular rocket launch interactive is being revamped and will be bigger and better. 

Help us help you


We run a series of PLD webinars each year. We’d like your thoughts on what works well or what changes you’d like to see. Help us to better meet your needs with a short, anonymous survey. Many thanks!

Happy holidays from the Science Learning Hub– Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao team. See you next year!

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