With education a key focus at the National Aquarium, there's always something new going on or coming up soon. Our education programmes are constantly evolving and we also support nationwide events such as Seaweek along with our very own Meeting of the Minds and Waste Aware programmes. Read all about it here and on our Facebook page.
Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Seaweek / World Oceans Day Poetry Competition, who received their awards last night at a special ceremony at the Aquarium, and had a chance to perform their winning works before an audience.
8 June 2018
New After School Programme
Aquarium's after school programme puts fun spin on science in Term 2 2018
5 June 2018
Meeting of the Minds
Talented and Gifted students of Year 5-8 are invited to attend a free day programme at the National Aquarium on 6 June and 13 June 2018.
23 May 2018
Poetry Reading Evening, featuring the 2018 winners, begins at 7pm, Thursday 7 June. Gold coin donation entry.
Come along to the National Aquarium of New Zealand on 7 June to cheer on the winners of this year’s World Oceans Day Poetry Competition.
Organised by the National Aquarium, the theme is the same as that for Seaweek, held earlier in the year - Healthy Seas Healthy People – Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata. There are five categories; primary, intermediate and secondary school age, adult, and Te Reo, which is open to all ages.
This year’s judges are Dr Bill Sutton, former scientist, MP and Napier based poet is the English language judge, while Tryphena Cracknell, former MTG Hawke’s Bay, now Hastings City Art Gallery curator, and Ngaio Tiuka, Director Environment & Natural Resources, Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated (NKII), are the Te Reo judges.
The overall theme for World Oceans Day, on 8 June, is preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.
The National Aquarium is sponsoring prizes, with NKII again sponsoring the prizes for the Te Reo category.
23 May 2018
Leaves, twigs, fruits and flowers – food webs with Richmond School
Richmond School took a field trip to the National Aquarium where food webs of the bush were investigated along with native animals like our two kiwi, Ngaio and Ed, and the gorgeous green geckos.
The students used microscopes to discover things like the intricate networks of leaf structure and kiwi feathers.
Later that day they went to Dolbel Reserve for a talk and walk around the restoration project at the park reserve.
It was a great day for us all!
22 May 2018
Young Scientists in the Making
The aquarium Education Team met Woodford House at Hardinge Road rocky shore to complete a survey on biodiversity and distribution.
The Y12 students used transects and quadrats to build an understanding of the distribution of animals and plants rather than trying to count every animal and plant on the rocky shore.
The girls ran the transect line from a fixed point above the high tide mark down to the edge of the water. At each 5m interval a marker on the line provided a reference point and told how many metres away from the top of the line the samples were taken.
Quadrats were placed randomly along the transect line and students first identified the species present and then measured their abundance.
The data collected will be used back at school for further investigation. It was a beautiful day with many new and interesting animals spotted.
27 March 2018
GeoTrips – where to investigate geology in New Zealand
GeoTrips ( www.geotrips.org.nz ) is a new map based website with information about rock outcrops, geological displays and landforms that can be visited and explored in New Zealand. It is written for non-specialists and will be of interest to teachers, students, travellers and the public, as well as those with a professional interest in geology.
7 July 2017
Curious MInds Geology Camp 2017
GNS Science, the National Aquarium and East Coast LAB jointly ran a two-day workshop on geology having won a MBIE Curious Minds funding grant.
The Year 7/8 participants spent the first day at the Aquarium and the second day looking for fossils in the rocks at Waipatiki Beach.
26 May 2017
The new East Coast LAB education room is up and running!
Come and see what exciting activities there are for primary students, Levels 1-4, with the Life at the Boundary, “LAB”, education programme.
2 February 2017
Youth Science Camp - Nurturing tomorrow’s scientists
Almost 150 youngsters had their inner Einstein nudged during May, as they dissected fish, fermented yeast and built and programmed robots, among other things.
30 May 2016