TVNZ 7 and The Science Learning Hub through the University of Waikato have collaborated to provide schools, teachers and students with science and technology resources for the current curriculum based on two local series on TVNZ 7, Ever Wondered? and Science Made Simple.
The resources pertain to each episode of Ever Wondered? and each Science Made Simple interstitial, and pose questions and activities for students, targeted at Years 5 to 10. The aim is to open the minds of students to the wonderment and magic of science and technology.
Philippa Mossman, Channel Manager for TVNZ 7, is delighted that TVNZ is once again able to provide valuable resources to education providers.
“We are very proud of the quality of our local science programmes. These education resources give us the wonderful opportunity to take these programmes from the television screen into the classroom to help make learning about science and technology fun.”
The Science Learning Hub’s Director Professor Alister Jones is also thrilled to be involved in the production of resources for New Zealand students.
“We see this collaboration as an opportunity to engage young New Zealanders in learning about the science and technology which occurs in New Zealand.”
Ever Wondered? is hosted by MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year 2009, Dr John Watt, and comprises ten 30-minute episodes. Produced in conjunction with the Royal Society of New Zealand, it answers challenging scientific questions as Dr Watt talks to Kiwi scientists and researchers and joins in on high-tech and hair-raising experiments.
Science Made Simple is a series of fifteen one minute animated programmes, narrated by TVNZ’s own Karen Olsen. Each episode demystifies commonly used, but little understood, scientific and technological terms including Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Quantum Physics, Thermodynamics and Black Holes.
Teachers can register their interest for the free resources at TVNZ’s website tvnz.co.nz/everwondered by 31 October. All registered parties will receive a set of DVDs and information about corresponding downloadable materials.