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Science Outreach Activities on Campus

We offer a selection of science outreach activities at both Hamilton and Tauranga campuses. These are designed to inspire the next generation of budding scientists, as well as reinforce the science curriculum taught in our local secondary and intermediate schools.

We love having students come to visit, so why not make a booking and bring your whole class to enjoy an unforgettable science experience!

Biology: Animal taxonomy time travel

Description: This activity covers the diversity of adaptations that animals have developed for life on land, including the structural and physiological adaptations in each major taxonomic group.

Curriculum supported: NCEA Level 2 Biology - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life

Campus: Hamilton or Tauranga

Duration: 2-3 hours

Physics: Radioactivity and atomic physics

Description: A demonstration of important physics phenomena, including the photoelectric effect, hydrogen lamp spectrum, movement of charged particles in magnetic fields

Curriculum supported: NCEA Level 2 Physics - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics; NCEA Level 3 Physics - Demonstrate understanding of modern physics

Campus: Hamilton

Duration: 2-3 hours

Chemistry: Redox beyond the classroom

Description: A showcase of redox reactions that are out-of-reach of high school laboratories, but that bring this important topic alive.

Curriculum supported: NCEA Level 2 Chemistry - Demonstrate understanding of oxidation-reduction

Campus: Hamilton or Tauranga

Duration: 2-3 hours

Earth Sciences: Materials for radiometric dating

Description: A practical overview of radiometric dating techniques and the materials used, including zircons for U-Pb dating and various carbon-based materials for radiocarbon dating.

Curriculum supported: NCEA Level 3 Earth and Space Science - Investigate the evidence related to dating geological event(s)

Campus: Hamilton

Duration: 2-3 hours

Chemistry: Hands-on spectroscopy

Description: A chance for students to record NMR and IR spectra, and use these to determine the molecular structure of simple organic molecules.

Curriculum supported: NCEA Level 3 Chemistry - Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry

Campus: Hamilton

Duration: 2-3 hours

Chemistry: Rates and equilibria

Description: A series of demonstrations to reinforce students understanding of the sometimes challenging concept of equilibrium.

Curriculum supported: NCEA Level 2 Chemistry - Demonstrate understanding of chemical reactivity

Campus: Hamilton or Tauranga

Duration: 2-3 hours

Chemistry: Bonding, structure, properties and energy changes

Description: A showcase of activities, including demonstrations with liquid nitrogen, to reinforce the topics taught in this fundamental NCEA external standard.

Curriculum supported: NCEA Level 2 Chemistry - Demonstrate understanding of bonding, structure, properties and energy changes

Campus: Hamilton

Duration: 2-3 hours

Earth Sciences: Using sediments to look back in time

Description: A practical introduction to how scientists use the layers in sediment cores to decipher what Earth's surface looked like in the past, from decades to millions of years ago.

Curriculum supported: Planet Earth and Beyond; Nature of Science

Campus: Hamilton or Tauranga

Duration: 1 hour

Chemistry: Magic show

Description: An unforgetable chemistry magic show that covers a range of exciting demonstrations. The content can be tailored to suit different students ages.

Curriculum supported: Material World

Campus: Hamilton

Duration: 1 hour

Click  here to book one of these science outreach activities for your class.