SLH: Science Stories

Our science stories are smaller collections of resources, putting the focus on key science themes, ideas and events. The 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.
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Our Heritage Scientists -   You can understand how science knowledge and ideas change over time by looking at the lives and work of past scientists.  Each featured New Zealand scientist is revealed through a people profile and a timeline that lets you see aspects of their life and work, and how these fit into a wider science picture.

Our Heritage Scientists - You can understand how science knowledge and ideas change over time by looking at the lives and work of past scientists. Each featured New Zealand scientist is revealed through a people profile and a timeline that lets you see aspects of their life and work, and how these fit into a wider science picture.

Strange Liquids -   Liquid is one of the states of matter, and viscosity is a property of liquid. Some liquids display strange behaviour because their viscosity makes them flow differently to ‘normal’ liquids.

Strange Liquids - Liquid is one of the states of matter, and viscosity is a property of liquid. Some liquids display strange behaviour because their viscosity makes them flow differently to ‘normal’ liquids.

Measurement -   Measurement is the process of obtaining the magnitude of a quantity relative to an agreed standard. This science story focuses on the agreed standards of measurement in use in New Zealand.

Measurement - Measurement is the process of obtaining the magnitude of a quantity relative to an agreed standard. This science story focuses on the agreed standards of measurement in use in New Zealand.

Tsunamis and Surf - Tsunamis are unique in their destructive power, but they share many features with other ocean waves. Learn how the two wave types differ, and how ocean waves of all kinds affect New Zealand’s coast.

Tsunamis and Surf - Tsunamis are unique in their destructive power, but they share many features with other ocean waves. Learn how the two wave types differ, and how ocean waves of all kinds affect New Zealand’s coast.

Conserving Native Birds -   New Zealand is world famous for its unique birdlife. In this science story, we look at the issues surrounding the conservation of some of our threatened bird species.  New Zealand birds have evolved in isolation from other countries over millions of years. The arrival of humans in New Zealand brought many threats to these bird species, including the introduction of mammalian predators...

Conserving Native Birds - New Zealand is world famous for its unique birdlife. In this science story, we look at the issues surrounding the conservation of some of our threatened bird species. New Zealand birds have evolved in isolation from other countries over millions of years. The arrival of humans in New Zealand brought many threats to these bird species, including the introduction of mammalian predators...

Earthworms - To most of us, one earthworm resembles another. Although earthworms do have common characteristics, species differ widely in their size, skin colour and in the roles they play in the soil ecosystem.

Earthworms - To most of us, one earthworm resembles another. Although earthworms do have common characteristics, species differ widely in their size, skin colour and in the roles they play in the soil ecosystem.

Cycling Aerodynamics - This story looks at cycling aerodynamics, drag and rolling resistance. It shows how wind tunnel tests are helping New Zealand cyclists reduce drag to reach faster speeds.

Cycling Aerodynamics - This story looks at cycling aerodynamics, drag and rolling resistance. It shows how wind tunnel tests are helping New Zealand cyclists reduce drag to reach faster speeds.


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Icy Ecosystems -   Discovering Antarctica’s fragile frozen secrets -   Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest and highest continent on Earth. What makes the frozen continent so valuable to scientists and vulnerable to human contact?

Icy Ecosystems - Discovering Antarctica’s fragile frozen secrets - Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest and highest continent on Earth. What makes the frozen continent so valuable to scientists and vulnerable to human contact?

A block of graphite is made up of carbon atoms. Each carbon atom has a dense central nucleus made up of protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons are made up of different combinations of quarks.

A block of graphite is made up of carbon atoms. Each carbon atom has a dense central nucleus made up of protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons are made up of different combinations of quarks.

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.

Food Function and Structure -   The macronutrients and micronutrients our bodies need -   We all eat food because it provides the five fundamental types of materials required to keep our bodies functioning. Learn more about the structure and function of these materials.

Food Function and Structure - The macronutrients and micronutrients our bodies need - We all eat food because it provides the five fundamental types of materials required to keep our bodies functioning. Learn more about the structure and function of these materials.

Microscopic robotic surgeries, artificial skeletons and muscles, noninvasive imaging devices; the promises of nanotechnology are seemingly endless. But what exactly is this emerging field, and how can it become a major influence in medicine?

Microscopic robotic surgeries, artificial skeletons and muscles, noninvasive imaging devices; the promises of nanotechnology are seemingly endless. But what exactly is this emerging field, and how can it become a major influence in medicine?

A Fizzy Rock -   Exploring limestone’s geology, biology, chemistry and uses. -   Limestone is the rock that fizzes with acid. It has a biogeochemical origin, a rich agricultural history and is literally ‘fizzing’ with uses and applications.

A Fizzy Rock - Exploring limestone’s geology, biology, chemistry and uses. - Limestone is the rock that fizzes with acid. It has a biogeochemical origin, a rich agricultural history and is literally ‘fizzing’ with uses and applications.

neon lights | Dec. 11, 1910: Neon Lights the City of Light | This Day In Tech ...

Dec. 11, 1910: Neon Lights the City of Light

neon lights | Dec. 11, 1910: Neon Lights the City of Light | This Day In Tech ...

Phil Up On Science - VIDEO Why a CD is like a plate of claggy spaghetti.

Phil Up On Science - VIDEO Why a CD is like a plate of claggy spaghetti.

Ceramics -   Advancing engineering and medical frontiers-   Learn about the classification, structure, properties and uses of ceramic materials, and explore the world of advanced ceramics and the role they play in the engineering and medical fields.

Ceramics - Advancing engineering and medical frontiers- Learn about the classification, structure, properties and uses of ceramic materials, and explore the world of advanced ceramics and the role they play in the engineering and medical fields.

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