Jan
28

Discovery Awards

Discovery Awards are sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute, and give high school students a residential laboratory experience at either Victoria University or the University of Auckland, and aims to encourage the pupils to continue on to university study.

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Jan
27

Nanocamp

Nanocamp is an annual summer programme run by the MacDiarmid Institute to introduce high school students to nanoscience and advanced materials.

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Mar
12

Kōrero with scientists 2015

Korero With Scientists resources are available to download here. Kōrero with Scientists: brings primary and early childhood educators and scientists together in ways that help teachers to understand and deliver the Nature of Science curriculum. The kōrero will demonstrate how scientists do science, give participants hands-on experience in experimental science and explain the underlying concepts. Participants will […]

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Dec
04

A Place To Live – Full RNZ recordings

In November 2014, The MacDiarmid Institute hosted a forum called A Place to Live : for the life worth having in Whanganui focussed on the link between economic and environmental health in New Zealand, in particular in the regions and smaller centres. Kim Hill chaired the event, which featured a number of talks and panel […]

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Oct
06

The Best 100 Science Experiments – Round 2!

Children need to engage with science as early as possible; the more science the better, for them and society. “Presenting science in ways that give students the same sense of excitement and challenge that motivates grown-up scientists is important” says The MacDiarmid Institute’s Deputy Director Stakeholder Engagement Professor Alison Downard, “that’s the thinking behind our […]

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May
02

Experiment: Cricket Stump Pulleys

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Cricket Stump Pulleys Target Age Group: Years 5-8 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Paul Buckton from Wairau Valley Special School        

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May
02

Experiment: Borax Snowflakes

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Borax Snowflakes What are crystals? How do they grow? Target Age Group: Years 5-6 Curriculum area: Nature of Science/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Tracey McKinlay-Smith from St Mary’s School, Hastings.

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May
02

The Best 100 Science Experiments

The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with (what was previously) The New Zealand Teachers Council and NZEI Te Riu Roa run regularly scheduled competitions to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in this “Experiment Bank”. Here you will find resources for teachers […]

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May
02

Experiment: What is Air Pressure?

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: What is Air Pressure? How do planes (or kites) fly? Target Age Group: Years 0-5 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Chris Stuart, a relief teacher.

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May
02

Experiment: Sandwich Bag Magic

<< Back to The Best 100   Experiment Name: Sandwich Bag Magic A really exciting experiment introducing the concepts of exothermic and endothermic reactions. Target Age Group: Years 5-8 Curriculum area: Nature of Science/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Alyson Aislabie from Chelsea Primary School      

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Apr
28

Experiment: Leaping Canisters

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Leaping Canisters What happens when a gas gets trapped? Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Debi Tazi-Cordtz from Balmacewen Intermediate School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Straw Flutes

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Straw Flutes An introduction to vibrations and how sound is made Target Age Group: Years 3-6 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Roger Pooley  

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Apr
28

Experiment: Separation Of Substances

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Separating Substances An interactive experiment that let’s students use their investigative skills and lots of different scientific methods to solve a problem Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: Physical World/Material World/Nature of Science Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Ed Dainty from […]

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Apr
28

Experiment: Oobleck

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Oobleck Once you’ve made your non-newtonian fluid, make it dance! Target Age Group: All ages Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Karen Hallahan from Porirua School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Oobleck Boogie

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Oobleck Boogie This is a very fun extension of the Oobleck experiment. Target Age Group: Years 1-5 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Greta Dromgool from Berkley Normal Middle School

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Apr
28

Experiment: Rainbow Milk

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Rainbow Milk Why do we use soap? What does it do to dirt and oil on our hands? A very exciting experiment! Target Age Group: Years 1-8 Curriculum area: Physical World/Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Sarah Gibbs from Waihope School. […]

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Apr
28

Experiment: Elephant Toothpaste

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Elephant’s Toothpaste This experiment creates an exothermic reaction – that means it not only creates foam it creates heat! Target Age Group: Year’s 7-8 Curriculum area: Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Kerri Guard from Hawera Intermediate School 

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Apr
28

Experiment: Hovering Butterflies

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Hovering Butterflies A great introduction to magnets Target Age Group: Years 1-4 Curriculum area: Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Barbara Ryan from Muritai School   Students from Muritai School with their hovering butterflies

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Apr
28

Experiment: Ice Babies

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Ice Babies Target Age Group: Years 3-8 Curriculum area: Material World/Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Brendda Salt from Tomarata School

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Apr
11

Experiment: Naked Egg

Experiment Name: Naked Egg During this experiment, you will demonstrate how to create a translucent (naked) egg by causing a chemical reaction to break-down its calcium and erode it’s shell. Target Age Group: Years 1-3 Curriculum area: The Material World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Jenni Gilbertson from Ohakune Primary […]

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Apr
11

Experiment: Bottle Rockets

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Bottle Rockets A fun, messy experiment exploring aerodynamics and air pressure.  Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: The Physical World Download the experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Chris Theobald from Sacred Heart School

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Apr
11

Experiment: Green Eggs and Ham

<< Back to The Best 100 Experiment Name: Green Eggs and Ham Learn about acid and alkaline with this fun experiment! Target Age Group: Years 7-8 Curriculum area: The Material World Download this experiment Experiment submitted to The Best 100 by Joanne Bates from Richmond Early Learning Centre, Nelson. You can read her wonderful account of doing this […]

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Oct
23

Nature Of Science

The MacDiarmid Institute has created these resources to help teachers and students better understand the Nature of Science, the overarching, unifying strand of the New Zealand Science Curriculum. Through ‘Nature Of Science’ students learn what science is and how scientists work. They develop the skills, attitudes, and values to build a foundation for understanding the world. They come […]

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Oct
23

Nature Of Science – Meet Our Scientists

  Bill, Alex, Cather, Maan, Shaun and Sandy work at The MacDiarmid Institute. They all do science for a living, but have very different jobs and persepectives. One thing they all have in common is their passion for science. Click on a scientist’s name to watch their video, or watch the whole playlist here.     […]

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Jun
13

Previous Years

Award for outstanding Maori and Pacifika year 12 and 13 pupils. $1000 plus 2 weeks lab experience. “I entered this Award wondering whether to do law or pursue a career in science and I leave wondering whether to do Physics, Chemistry or Engineering. The discovery awards programme has shown me the importance of R & […]

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Jul
12

Nature of Science – Scientist Profiles

  Chemist – Alan MacDiarmid The best mistake ever: Alan MacDiarmid is a big part of the reason your cell phone screen works. He is also the second New Zealander to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry – the first, of course, was Ernest Rutherford who is on the $100 note. “The real creative scientist […]

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The World of Pounamu

What if, in 2022, everyone in New Zealand could use science as easily as they can use a computer now? What would you create? Who would you work with? What would you invest in? What problems would you solve? What would you help to change?   The Scenario Pounamu is set in 2022, in a […]

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Science in 2022

What if, in 2022, everyone in New Zealand could use science as easily as they can use a computer now? What would you create? Who would you work with? What would you invest in? What problems would you solve? What would you help to change?   Sequencing an individual’s DNA 10 years ago, it took […]

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Taking the Pounamu conversation forward

What if, in 2022, everyone in New Zealand could use science as easily as they can use a computer now? What would you create? Who would you work with? What would you invest in? What problems would you solve? What would you help to change? Creating a better future for New Zealand   On 7 […]

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