Science and Story

Science storytelling – it’s what the Centre for Science Communication in Dunedin knows well. It was the focus of this year’s Public Communication of Science and Technology conference held at the University of Otago. The Gala opening at the Regent theatre welcomed the public to take delight in listening to NASA’s guest speaker, Dr. Jennifer... Continue Reading →

Antarctica Augmented

I’ve been back in the world of writing and illustrating children’s books. This time I was to learn about Antarctica’s frozen secrets. A time machine would have helped – but at least we have a fossil record to imagine lost worlds and extinct creatures. In Antarctica, many fossils are buried under ice, with the exception... Continue Reading →

Colour the Ocean

Oceans are full of colourful biodiversity. After all, we are the blue planet in our solar system, that we ironically call Earth. Oceans cover more than 70% of our planet, and at least as many species that live on land. Most of us see this magnificent beauty through the medium of documentaries, books and the... Continue Reading →

Weather and Weathering

  Rivers of ice have always fascinated me. Ice ages have been greatly influenced by Earth’s climate over the past three billion years, if not longer. Various theories suggest that processes such as tectonic uplift and rock weathering, sunspot activity and orbital variations have all impacted on climatic conditions and glaciations. Despite the threats of global... Continue Reading →

Extremes Environments

Unusual rock landscapes are distinctive. Bizarre rock formations are twisted and contorted depicting an ancient story of thousands of years of erosion by wind and water. Memories from seeing some of the vast and unique formations in Bolivia inspired thoughts of how weathering and geological processes have sculptured such beauty. It was rock art. Rock Tree (Arbol de... Continue Reading →

Earth’s Romantic Past

Let’s mix up some ‘Cenozoic’ for a little adventure. Making fossils is not only fun but also a creative way for kids to learn about paleontology. A dash of plaster, paper cups and various objects, paints and colour pens does the trick. I find students have a particular fascination with fossils and exploring Earth’s species... Continue Reading →

Enchanted Classroom

The museum is such a great place to inspire learning, I think of them as ‘an enchanted classroom’. Even if the logistics of getting to a museum is difficult, there are often great resources available on their websites, catered primarily for teachers and school curriculums. New Zealand Museums While at teacher’s college, I naturally spent... Continue Reading →

Beyond Planet Earth

3,2,1 lift off!  A significant component of the new science curriculum engages students interests in space. I often found students fascinated by this topic - it inspires some imagination and philosophical questioning. What really is out there? Just how big is our universe? New Zealand has a number of planetariums and tours that are run... Continue Reading →

Volcanic Hot Spots

Geological time frame is not always easy for students to conceptualise. In fact, drafting maps and diagrams is a great start, along with the use of analogies. I remember being told by my teacher, that plate tectonics move at about the speed that your fingernails grow, which is actually the plate tectonic movement in New... Continue Reading →

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