School Visits

We love getting out to share our passion for science with kids from local schools in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. We offer a range of science outreach activities that we can bring to your school, which are fun and help to reinforce the science curriculum being taught.

For primary and intermediate school students, our emphasis is simply on sparking an interest in science and fostering the natural curiosity that all kids have about the world around them. For senior secondary school students, the science activities are closely linked to the NCEA curriculum, as we know how precious time is for preparing for these assessments.

To arrange a time for our scientists to visit your school, please complete our enquiry form.

Chemistry: Equilibrium

Description: This is a revision clinic designed to help prepare students for sitting the NCEA Level 3 external examination on aqueous equilibria. Ideally, students would participate in the clinic after the topic has already been taught in your school.

Curriculum supported: NCEA Level 3 chemistry - Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems

Duration: 2-3 hours

Earth Sciences: Geological mapping

Description: This is an outdoors activity, exploring the geological features of either the school grounds or a nearby park/reserve. Students will be introduced to geological maps and taught to match the landscape around them with features on a geological map.

Curriculum supported: NCEA Level 2 Earth and space science: Carry out a practical Earth and space science investigation; Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality

Duration: 2-3 hours

Expert science speakers

Description: We offer a selection of public science talks that can be tailored to suit a senior secondary school audience. For details of the available talks, please click here.

Curriculum supported: A range of different NCEA science standards, depending on the chosen talk

Duration: 1 hour

Biology: An introduction to science outdoors

Description: This is an outdoors activity that can be adapted to different local parks, reserves, estuaries, etc. Students will learn some basic ecology techniques and use these to measure plant/animal diversity in different zones.

Curriculum supported: Living world; Nature of science

Duration: 2-3 hours

Earth Sciences: Earth materials in the school grounds

Description: Students will explore the school grounds to see what construction materials were used to build the school. They will learn to describe the various components in terms of their underlying Earth materials and where they likely came from.

Curriculum supported: Planet Earth and beyond; Nature of science

Duration: 2-3 hours

Scientists in Schools programme

Description: Host a third-year university science student in school term 3 and have them help teach science at your local primary or intermediate school. A broad range of different science activities can be included, limited only by your imagination.

Curriculum supported: Nature of science; living world; planet Earth and beyond; physical world; material world

Duration: 1-2 hours per week

Biology: What's buzzing in the garden?

Description: In this activity, students will learn to count pollinators using different entomology methods. There is a focus on learning to think like a scientists, using insect diversity as a good example of how science can be done.

Curriculum supported: Nature of science - levels 1-3

Duration: 2-3 hours

Click here to book one of these school visits for your class.