The National Aquarium runs an extensive range of education programmes for early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary students. Via the tabs below you can find out more about our programmes, associated activities and worksheets, along with additional educational information relevant to the New Zealand Curriculum
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Learn how early Māori used their scientific knowledge and respect for their environment to create tikanga (customs and protocols) to protect one of their most valuable assets, kaimoana (seafood). This unit explores the spiritual rules, ocean conservation and kaimoana trade in traditional Māori fisheries while comparing past with the present.
By listening to the local Māori legend 'Pania of the Reef' students learn about their reef, its aquatic bio-diversity and the Māori concepts of taonga, rāhui tapu and kaitiakitanga. Students examine how the reef has changed over time, with respect to its use throughout the ages.
In this unit students walk around the lower estuary in Napier (the side closest to the sea) while learning about the ecology of estuaries, how they were formed, and the plants and animals that live there.
There are two options: one starting at Humber Street; the other at Embankment Road. These walks take around 1.5 hours and there will be activities and research challenges to help your students understand the diversity of life that sits on Napier's doorstep. Animals studied include mud crabs, worms, birdlife, shellfish and marine fish.
After this unit students will be able to:
- Recognise that living things are suited to their particular habitat.
- Explain how living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to environmental changes both natural and human induced.
- Extend their experiences and personal explanations of the natural world through exploration, play, asking questions and discussing simple models.
This programme is free of charge for state, integrated or registered private primary and secondary schools.
At the LAB your students can uncover more about earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions.They’ll learn about scientists’ latest discoveries and become scientists themselves creating their very own tsunami and volcanic eruption. Bring your students for a natural hazards education experience at LAB.
Hands-on and engaging activities will set a solid framework for their learning. Students will use bottles filled with liquids to simulate tsunami; they will mix various ingredients to create their own volcano; and build examples of strong and weak houses to see which is strongest in an earthquake.
A challenge will be presented to the students to develop their own action plan at home.