Great science in Rotorua

Rotorua is home to some great scientists. Rotorua is also the focus of some engaging science that looks at volcanoes to water quality.
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ANIMATION. Caldera eruptions leave behind large craters in the Earth – not what we think of when someone says volcano. Watch this animation to see how Lake Rotorua could have formed from a caldera eruption.

ANIMATION. Caldera eruptions leave behind large craters in the Earth – not what we think of when someone says volcano. Watch this animation to see how Lake Rotorua could have formed from a caldera eruption.

VIDEO. Every year, millions of kiwifruit are eaten with a neat little plastic tool, the ZESPRI spife, which is then thrown away. Aware that consumers are demanding more sustainable practices, ZESPRI partnered with Scion, a Crown Research Institute based in Rotorua, to find a solution. This is the story of the biospife, the world's first compostable spife.

VIDEO. Every year, millions of kiwifruit are eaten with a neat little plastic tool, the ZESPRI spife, which is then thrown away. Aware that consumers are demanding more sustainable practices, ZESPRI partnered with Scion, a Crown Research Institute based in Rotorua, to find a solution. This is the story of the biospife, the world's first compostable spife.

STUDENT ACTIVITY. In this activity, students pop a balloon in a container of sand to model caldera volcanoes and learn how lakes like Taupō and Rotorua were formed.

STUDENT ACTIVITY. In this activity, students pop a balloon in a container of sand to model caldera volcanoes and learn how lakes like Taupō and Rotorua were formed.

TEACHING RESOURCE. David Hamilton is the Environment Bay of Plenty Chair in Lakes Management and Restoration at the University of Waikato. In his role, David studies 12 lakes in the Rotorua region to better understand how land use affects water quality and what might be done to preserve or restore water quality in the lakes.

TEACHING RESOURCE. David Hamilton is the Environment Bay of Plenty Chair in Lakes Management and Restoration at the University of Waikato. In his role, David studies 12 lakes in the Rotorua region to better understand how land use affects water quality and what might be done to preserve or restore water quality in the lakes.

SCIENTIST PROFILE. Dr Martin Markotsis is an innovative polymer scientist with Scion.

SCIENTIST PROFILE. Dr Martin Markotsis is an innovative polymer scientist with Scion.

VIDEO. Dr Martin Markotsis is a polymer scientist with Scion in Rotorua. Martin has a passion for environmentally friendly materials. He describes how this passion, along with other personal skills and attributes, help him drive innovation forward.

VIDEO. Dr Martin Markotsis is a polymer scientist with Scion in Rotorua. Martin has a passion for environmentally friendly materials. He describes how this passion, along with other personal skills and attributes, help him drive innovation forward.

VIDEO. Peter Hall, a scientist with Scion in Rotorua,  talks about the different kinds of waste his team are researching to find out whether they can be used to produce energy.

VIDEO. Peter Hall, a scientist with Scion in Rotorua, talks about the different kinds of waste his team are researching to find out whether they can be used to produce energy.

SCIENTIST PROFILE. Scientist Peter Hall is based at SCION in Rotorua. In his work at Scion, Peter's work looks at how biomass products such as woody biomass, agricultural plants, household wastes and even algae can be converted into energy products (such as heat, electricity and liquid fuel).

SCIENTIST PROFILE. Scientist Peter Hall is based at SCION in Rotorua. In his work at Scion, Peter's work looks at how biomass products such as woody biomass, agricultural plants, household wastes and even algae can be converted into energy products (such as heat, electricity and liquid fuel).

TEACHING RESOURCE.  Two volcanoes, only 30 kilometres apart, erupt violently within weeks of each other. Strange coincidence or entirely predictable? Dr Darren Gravley from The University of Auckland is finding out.

TEACHING RESOURCE. Two volcanoes, only 30 kilometres apart, erupt violently within weeks of each other. Strange coincidence or entirely predictable? Dr Darren Gravley from The University of Auckland is finding out.

VIDEO. In this video, David Hamilton explains what time and space means for the water cycle by taking a closer look at Lake Rotorua.  Lake Rotorua’s water quality is the result of what happened to the water that infiltrated the land around the lake – the catchment area – a long time ago.

VIDEO. In this video, David Hamilton explains what time and space means for the water cycle by taking a closer look at Lake Rotorua. Lake Rotorua’s water quality is the result of what happened to the water that infiltrated the land around the lake – the catchment area – a long time ago.

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