Websites for Putaiao-Science
- Science Experiments for Kids
Learn interesting science and technology facts by experimenting with different materials that react in surprising ways. You'll find many experiments can be done using simple ingredients found around the house (with adult supervision of course). Basic materials can help you perform experiments that are simple, safe and perfect for kids. Enjoy our fun science experiments, make cool projects, show friends & family what you've discovered and most importantly, have fun!
- Plastic to Fantastic - bringing back our mussels
New Zealand is famous for its mussels. Although edible varieties of this shellfish are found all around the coastlines of Aotearoa, some are disappearing fast. Green-lipped mussels are a taonga species and only found in Aotearoa. These mussels are important kai moana and are also harvested for export.
This year we visited Ōhiwa Harbour where Dr Kura Paul-Burke explained how mussels are rapidly disappearing. Kura uses Mātauranga Māori (traditional Māori knowledge) with science to create mussel lines out of tī kōuka (cabbage tree) leaves instead of plastic-based lines. These are helping restore the mussel beds in the harbour.
- Where would a kiwi make its home?
Our iconic bird the kiwi has evolved to live in New Zealand’s unique and isolated environment. Being flightless, kiwi are vulnerable to predators. They need to be adaptable when it comes to where they choose to live. Some of the places they make their home (habitat) include native bush, pine forest, even sand dunes and wetlands.
There are lots of people in Aotearoa, working together to create and protect kiwi habitat. Predator free sanctuaries provide safe spaces for kiwi to live in. A programme called Operation Nest Egg helps by breeding kiwi chicks and then releasing them into predator free sites.
- Backyard bioblitz
Biodiversity is not something that only exists in pockets around Aotearoa. Your own backyard can be home to a surprising variety of plants and animals. A little bit of searching will reveal the beauty of plants, animals and landscapes. Take a closer look and see what you can find!
- What’s that Bird?
Have you ever wondered what birds live in your backyard? If so, you are not alone. The Garden Bird Survey is a citizen science project set up to help scientists answer this question. Birds are an important part of our ecosystems and communities. This annual survey of backyard birds can tell us a lot about the health of our environment.
- Āpure Moana - Marine Reserves
Aotearoa/New Zealand is an island nation with 15,000 kilometres of coastline. Most of us enjoy sea-based activities, such as surfing, snorkelling, gathering kaimoana, and so on. Many of us can’t get to the coastline during this time at home, but we can still be thinking of how to care for our much-loved marine environments.
- Venture South to Antarctica
Antarctica is a continent that captures the imagination and overwhelms the senses. Even though this icy wilderness is thousands of kilometres away, it has a significant impact on our oceans and climate. Few people get to visit Antarctica, yet we can all learn from the science being done down on the ice.