Healthy homes, healthy futures - TEACHING RESOURCE:  Citizen science and the local community  Rongomai Primary School is leading a Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures project. The project is part of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) programme.  Science teacher Nick Pattison and his students have teamed up with high school teacher Nicole Stevens and the Manurewa High School Health Sciences Academy to investigate types of mould growing in local homes.

Healthy homes, healthy futures - TEACHING RESOURCE: Citizen science and the local community Rongomai Primary School is leading a Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures project. The project is part of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) programme. Science teacher Nick Pattison and his students have teamed up with high school teacher Nicole Stevens and the Manurewa High School Health Sciences Academy to investigate types of mould growing in local homes.

Wool differences between breeds - VIDEO: The key difference between wool from different sheep breeds is the diameter and the amount of crimp. Merino sheep produce very fine wool with a tight crimp – this makes it suitable for making into high-quality apparel. Coarser diameter wool such as crossbred has a long crimp and is used mainly for heavy apparel and carpets.

Wool differences between breeds - VIDEO: The key difference between wool from different sheep breeds is the diameter and the amount of crimp. Merino sheep produce very fine wool with a tight crimp – this makes it suitable for making into high-quality apparel. Coarser diameter wool such as crossbred has a long crimp and is used mainly for heavy apparel and carpets.

An evening dress designed by New Zealand fashion designer Sera Lilly using NEC wool fabric.

An evening dress designed by New Zealand fashion designer Sera Lilly using NEC wool fabric.

ANIMATION: This interactive shows the cellular structure of wool fibre and how this relates to its properties.

ANIMATION: This interactive shows the cellular structure of wool fibre and how this relates to its properties.

Interested in textiles and fabric technology? A career in fashion might be for you.

Interested in textiles and fabric technology? A career in fashion might be for you.

INFO SHEET: Wool fibre properties

INFO SHEET: Wool fibre properties

WOOL INNOVATION....New stab and flame-resistant fabric made using wool.

WOOL INNOVATION....New stab and flame-resistant fabric made using wool.

INTERACTIVE: This interactive demonstrates each stage in the processing of wool from fleece to fabric

INTERACTIVE: This interactive demonstrates each stage in the processing of wool from fleece to fabric

Damp homes and health risks - TEACHING RESOURCE: Our homes are supposed to be our safe places, but for nearly a third of New Zealanders, damp homes can have a serious effect on our health.

Damp homes and health risks - TEACHING RESOURCE: Our homes are supposed to be our safe places, but for nearly a third of New Zealanders, damp homes can have a serious effect on our health.

Exploring wool fibre properties - STUDENT ACTIVITY:   In this activity, students explore the microstructure of wool fibre and how it relates to the properties and uses of wool. Purpose  This activity will help students understand how the microstructure of wool creates its properties and determines its suitability for particular products.

Exploring wool fibre properties - STUDENT ACTIVITY: In this activity, students explore the microstructure of wool fibre and how it relates to the properties and uses of wool. Purpose This activity will help students understand how the microstructure of wool creates its properties and determines its suitability for particular products.

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