SLH: Contextual learning

Contextual learning is at the heart of the Hub. Our introductory articles explore a major theme or idea and provide a gateway to related articles, activities and media. All of our classroom resources are based on the requirements of the New Zealand science curriculum.
Tōku Awa Koiora – This context investigates the restoration of the lower half of the Waikato River. Kaitiaki are working to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the river.

Tōku Awa Koiora – This context investigates the restoration of the lower half of the Waikato River. Kaitiaki are working to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the river.

Toxins: Delving into the world of poisons. Learn how New Zealand’s most poisonous creature was discovered through the investigative work of scientists. Discover what toxins are, how they are identified and how they enter the food web.

Toxins: Delving into the world of poisons. Learn how New Zealand’s most poisonous creature was discovered through the investigative work of scientists. Discover what toxins are, how they are identified and how they enter the food web.

Soil, Farming and Science - Applying science to improve farming and the environment What do soil, farming and science have to do with each other? Learn about the effects farming can have on the environment and explore innovative science ideas that can help farmers and the environment.

Soil, Farming and Science - Applying science to improve farming and the environment What do soil, farming and science have to do with each other? Learn about the effects farming can have on the environment and explore innovative science ideas that can help farmers and the environment.

Satellites - Learning about natural and artificial satellites involves ideas of gravity, circular motion and radio communication. Discover some of the many uses of artificial satellites in New Zealand and beyond.

Satellites - Learning about natural and artificial satellites involves ideas of gravity, circular motion and radio communication. Discover some of the many uses of artificial satellites in New Zealand and beyond.

Exploring with Microscopes - Taking a closer look at our world -  Microscopes let us view an invisible world – the objects around us that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Learn more about how microscopes work and how they can shed light on plant structure, cells, earthquake processes and more.

Exploring with Microscopes - Taking a closer look at our world - Microscopes let us view an invisible world – the objects around us that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Learn more about how microscopes work and how they can shed light on plant structure, cells, earthquake processes and more.

Rockets -   Taking science and technology to new heights.  Rocket science includes ideas of forces and motion, how rockets work and some of the challenges for those wanting to make rockets go faster and higher.

Rockets - Taking science and technology to new heights. Rocket science includes ideas of forces and motion, how rockets work and some of the challenges for those wanting to make rockets go faster and higher.

Uniquely Me -   What makes me, me? My genes or my environment?  How we look and act is the result of the interaction of our genes with our environment. Even identical twins, with an identical genetic make-up, have unique phenotypes. Find out what makes each of us unique.

Uniquely Me - What makes me, me? My genes or my environment? How we look and act is the result of the interaction of our genes with our environment. Even identical twins, with an identical genetic make-up, have unique phenotypes. Find out what makes each of us unique.

Earthquakes -   Understanding the forces shaping New Zealand.  Earthquakes help shape New Zealand and are a constant threat in many parts of the country. The more we understand about what causes them, the more we can be prepared.

Earthquakes - Understanding the forces shaping New Zealand. Earthquakes help shape New Zealand and are a constant threat in many parts of the country. The more we understand about what causes them, the more we can be prepared.

Pollination -   The colourful world of flowers and their pollinators.  Learn about the role of flowers in the life cycles of flowering plants. Discover how flowers ensure the transfer of pollen, and meet some of the unsuspecting animal pollinators.

Pollination - The colourful world of flowers and their pollinators. Learn about the role of flowers in the life cycles of flowering plants. Discover how flowers ensure the transfer of pollen, and meet some of the unsuspecting animal pollinators.

You, Me and UV -   The good and the bad of ultraviolet radiation.  What actually is ultraviolet radiation? Where does it come from? What effects does it have on the Earth and on our bodies? Can we put ultraviolet radiation to good use?

You, Me and UV - The good and the bad of ultraviolet radiation. What actually is ultraviolet radiation? Where does it come from? What effects does it have on the Earth and on our bodies? Can we put ultraviolet radiation to good use?

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