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.
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
Fin-tastic event about sharks
Sleek, silent and speedy- sharks are one of the ocean’s most famous inhabitants.
But we have much to learn about sharks, something that one scientist is keen to share with young admirers of the mighty fish.
26 March 2018
New Napier tour for Seaweek 2018
Few cities have an environmental wonder like the Ahuriri Estuary on their doorstep, and this Seaweek a special tour will take place to emphasize what makes it a taonga of Napier.
9 February 2018
Fins, fish and a few facts
Shark fins, tuatara skin and pickled fish are coming to many a classroom near you this term, thanks to a new programme by the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
2 November 2017
New walking tours planned by National Aquarium
Napier’s Marine Parade has been the setting of earthquakes, aquariums, legends, murals and a secretive U-boat mission. These stories are set to be shared at the beginning of Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week).
17 August 2017
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
Meeting of the Minds
Talented and Gifted students of Year 5-8 were invited to attend a free day programme at the National Aquarium on 31 May and 7 June 2017.
20 June 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
New After School Programme
Aquarium's new after school programme puts fun spin on science
18 May 2016
Seaweek Poetry Competition Winners 2016
Here are the winners of the annual Seaweek Poetry Competition for 2016!
9 March 2016