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Take advantage of the settled summer weather and take the science outside – plants, science fairs, connecting with our seas and more.

International Year of Plant Health – protecting plants, protecting life


The United Nations is using 2020 to raise awareness of plant protection. New Zealand native trees present a rich topic for cross-curricular learning. Our planning pathway groups resources into key science and teaching concepts. If you want to get out near the bush, we’ve had great feedback on this life-size leaf activity.

Economic development is also a component of IYPH 2020. Explore how and why New Zealand scientists are working to breed new apple varieties and create mānuka plantations.

Wondering why the sports fields are browner and crunchier this year compared to last year? A soil moisture map will give you an answer.

Seaweek 2020 – Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au

This year’s theme is Connecting with our seas – I am the sea, the sea is me. 

There’s a reason Seaweek is a perennial favourite – it offers so many opportunities for classroom and community participation. Peruse Seaweek resources for a selection of unit plans and other support materials, curated by topic.

For a sea-related topic that combines physics and Earth science, check out our new content: recovery of the Kaikōura coastline using drones to map the marine environment. These are part of a suite of resources developed for the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

Upcoming content


On 11 February it is International Day of Women and Girls in Science – how will you be celebrating? We will be publishing a new mini series introducing a selection of New Zealand women scientists working at the intersection of people and nature.

Free PLD – Flipping science fairs

Science fairs have the potential to be a rich learning experience, bringing out the very best of student creativity and curiosity. But, they do come with hesitation. Join Greta in this free webinar to explore fresh ideas to ensure quality learning, including links to the science capabilities and nature of science.

Date: 20 February 2020

Time: 4:00–4:45 pm

Register here.

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