Adventures in science

Science provides extraordinary opportunities for adventure and exploration. Sail to exotic locations, fly in a chopper across the Antarctic, dig up dinosaur fossils or explore the world through a high powered microscope.
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PERSON PROFILE. Nigel Latta loves adventure. He says it’s what first drew him to science. Nigel says, "“Science and scientists have the biggest adventures there are,” says Nigel. “There are pretend adventures – like in the movies – but there are people who have real adventures, and the real adventurers are the scientists.”

PERSON PROFILE. Nigel Latta loves adventure. He says it’s what first drew him to science. Nigel says, "“Science and scientists have the biggest adventures there are,” says Nigel. “There are pretend adventures – like in the movies – but there are people who have real adventures, and the real adventurers are the scientists.”

TEACHING RESOURCE. Fire is frightening. In New Zealand, we have a number of house fires, fuelled by the things we have in our houses. Our furniture is flammable and often causes fires to burn quickly and fiercely. Fire engineers Charley Fleischmann and Mike Spearpoint have been burning couches (in a carefully controlled fire lab!) and thinking carefully about ways they can help save people's lives.

TEACHING RESOURCE. Fire is frightening. In New Zealand, we have a number of house fires, fuelled by the things we have in our houses. Our furniture is flammable and often causes fires to burn quickly and fiercely. Fire engineers Charley Fleischmann and Mike Spearpoint have been burning couches (in a carefully controlled fire lab!) and thinking carefully about ways they can help save people's lives.

SCIENTIST PROFILE. Deep sea diving and zipping about on a niaad are all in a days work for marine biologist, Jenni Stanley. Jenni grew up at Piha beach on Auckland's west coast, where she developed a passion for the ocean. She is presently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Auckland Leigh Marine Laboratory.

SCIENTIST PROFILE. Deep sea diving and zipping about on a niaad are all in a days work for marine biologist, Jenni Stanley. Jenni grew up at Piha beach on Auckland's west coast, where she developed a passion for the ocean. She is presently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Auckland Leigh Marine Laboratory.

SCIENTIST PROFILE. As a child, Dr Allan McInnes was interested in aircraft and spacecraft. How does a Kiwi kid go from dreaming about flight to working on the B-2 stealth bomber and the Mars exploration rovers?

SCIENTIST PROFILE. As a child, Dr Allan McInnes was interested in aircraft and spacecraft. How does a Kiwi kid go from dreaming about flight to working on the B-2 stealth bomber and the Mars exploration rovers?

VIDEO. Dr Allan McInnes discusses his role in helping NASA design the Mars exploration rovers. He was responsible for ensuring all of the different parts fit together and did their jobs!

VIDEO. Dr Allan McInnes discusses his role in helping NASA design the Mars exploration rovers. He was responsible for ensuring all of the different parts fit together and did their jobs!

RESOURCE SET: The 2012 the Waka Tapu set sail. Onboard, navigator Jack Thatcher and his crew had no modern navigation instruments - their mission was to 'close the Polynesian Triangle' with traditional navigation methods like their ancestors had done hundreds of years earlier. Join the crew on this extraordinary mission as they set sail from from New Zealand to Rapanui (Easter Island) and back.

RESOURCE SET: The 2012 the Waka Tapu set sail. Onboard, navigator Jack Thatcher and his crew had no modern navigation instruments - their mission was to 'close the Polynesian Triangle' with traditional navigation methods like their ancestors had done hundreds of years earlier. Join the crew on this extraordinary mission as they set sail from from New Zealand to Rapanui (Easter Island) and back.

TEACHING RESOURCE. Nigel Latta is on a mission to discover how a real explosion differs from a movie explosion. He asks the question: "If it were a real explosion, could I still walk away in slow motion like an action movie hero?" Read the story and watch Nigel, as he shows that the biggest action heroes might just be those on a scientific mission!

TEACHING RESOURCE. Nigel Latta is on a mission to discover how a real explosion differs from a movie explosion. He asks the question: "If it were a real explosion, could I still walk away in slow motion like an action movie hero?" Read the story and watch Nigel, as he shows that the biggest action heroes might just be those on a scientific mission!

TEACHING RESOURCE: From February until mid-March 2008, New Zealand scientists embarked on an 8-week voyage to the Ross Sea to survey the marine environment and explore biodiversity in the region. Read about this journey to one of the remotest areas on our planet and watch video dispatches from the scientists as they search out the secrets of the Ross sea.

TEACHING RESOURCE: From February until mid-March 2008, New Zealand scientists embarked on an 8-week voyage to the Ross Sea to survey the marine environment and explore biodiversity in the region. Read about this journey to one of the remotest areas on our planet and watch video dispatches from the scientists as they search out the secrets of the Ross sea.

TEACHING RESOURCE: The Large Hadron Collider (or LHC) is large, with a circumference of 27 km. This adventurous project to explore the origins of our universe is the result of international collaboration and billions of dollars. Read about the role of New Zealand scientists on this remarkable project.

TEACHING RESOURCE: The Large Hadron Collider (or LHC) is large, with a circumference of 27 km. This adventurous project to explore the origins of our universe is the result of international collaboration and billions of dollars. Read about the role of New Zealand scientists on this remarkable project.

SCIENTIST PROFILE. Dr Miles Lamare is a Lecturer in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Otago in Dunedin. He says, "Working as a marine scientist is a big adventure. You can look at the Discovery Channel and see people doing this sort of thing but you can do it yourself if you really want to."

SCIENTIST PROFILE. Dr Miles Lamare is a Lecturer in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Otago in Dunedin. He says, "Working as a marine scientist is a big adventure. You can look at the Discovery Channel and see people doing this sort of thing but you can do it yourself if you really want to."

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