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New updates of old favourites

We’ve been working behind the scenes to update some of our interactives. They make ideal discussion starters and are great as formative or summative assessments.


The updated Rocket launch challenge interactive is modelled on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. Take up the challenge to make the rocket go as high as possible and launch a payload 400 km above the ground. Explore physical world concepts of forces, mass and speed without having to invest US$6 million per launch!
Activity instructions help you get the most out of the interactive. There are multiple investigations to choose from, along with model answers and helpful commentary. If you prefer using the old Flash version of the interactive, never fear, it is still available.

New interactives

Other new look interactives enable you to print student answers and download the exercises. They include: We will continue to add more to the site, so keep an eye on the notification bell on the website for alerts.

Home Learning TV episodes

The Hub team has enjoyed creating content for the Home Learning TV channel. The Hub team contributed 57 scripts, totaling more than 170,000 words, featuring over 1,000 images and 250 video clips (we have been very busy!). In addition to script writing, we’ve created collections of related resources to support some of the 30-minute episodes. Many of the episodes are on TVNZ OnDemand and are available for you to use in your middle and upper primary/junior secondary classrooms. We have a list of episodes in this article along with other easy-to-use ‘grab and go’ resources.

Sound PLD webinar – Live

Our Sounds of Aotearoa webinar is now live with lots of supporting materials. Greta Dromgool and several New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) explore fun, practical ways to learn about sound. Broaden your repertoire with the Science Learning Hub’s sound topic. Use the filters to help you find what you need.
Good news – Primary Science Week has moved to 14–18 September. We will add more information to our site nearer the time.

Seasonal topics

June events include Arbor Day, World Environment Day and Matariki.

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