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Ask me a question: Living World

Activity

Until October, primary school students (up to Year 8) have the opportunity to have experts answer their questions! Each month there is a different topic, ranging from space/astronomy to globalisation.

The Royal Society of New Zealand's experts will then select two questions per week to answer, and these will be posted on the Royal Society of New Zealand website and sent out to schools around the country.

For July, the topic is...

Living World

For this, your question can be about plants, animals, the world around you, groupings of plants and animals, extinction... and so on.

Examples could be: 'how do kiwi see at night?’ or ‘why do we have seasons?’

Send your questions by 24 June to make sure they're in the bag in time for the experts to choose from!

AskMeaQ

Where:

Online
NZ wide (only)

When:

Send your question by Fri 23 Jun

Who for:

Primary school children

NZ wide (only)

National Volunteer Week

Citizen Science, Activity

‘Live, laugh, share – volunteer’ is the theme this year, which helps capture the heart-felt appreciation we feel when people come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through volunteering.

Find out how to volunteer on conservation projects through DOC

NationalVolunteerweek

Where:

Everywhere
NZ wide (only)

When:

Sun 18 - Sat 24 June

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)

NZTA Future Transport competition

Competition

Think like citizens of the future and investigate challenges and opportunities in transport in New Zealand.

Create solutions, raise questions or explore possibilities for the future.

Present your ideas for future transport (local or New Zealand-wide) as either a game or a narrative (which could be a story, photo essay, video, digital presentation etc).

For tips on entering, check out the competition on Facebook.

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Where:

Online
NZ wide (only)

When:

Fri 30 Jun, 5pm deadline

Who for:

Students in Years 1–13, in teams of 3 or more.

NZ wide (only)

Jane Goodall tour

Talk/Show

Dr. Jane Goodall will share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which - after 40 years - continues her pioneering research at Gombe, and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and other wildlife.

Dr. Goodall also began Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global programme that empowers young people to identify issues in their local communities or worldwide, and truly help to make a difference for people, animals and the environment we all share.

In her talk, Dr. Goodall will discuss the current threats facing the planet and her five reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day.

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Where:

Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago
NZ wide (only)

When:

Sun 25 Jun - Sat 1 Jul

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)

C-Prize wearable tech competition

Competition

Can you come up with the next big thing in wearable technology - something that can turn an industry on its head?

Callaghan Innovation runs the C-Prize competition every two years. The challenge is to come up with technology solutions that deliver solutions to real industry problems.

The challenge has 3 themes: Live Healthier, Work Safer and Play Smarter. You can choose to participate in one or more of the challenges.

Up to 10 finalist teams will each be awarded a NZ$35,000 prize package. The grand-prize winner will be awarded a NZ$100,000 prize package.

Entries close Sunday 2 July.

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Where:

Online, Auckland, Wellington
NZ wide (only)

When:

Sun 2 Jul - entry deadline

Who for:

16 years & up

NZ wide (only)

Dr Graham's Blow Up Science

Talk/Show

Can you really launch marshmallows out of a vacuum cleaner, make rockets from common household items, or launch teddy bears using liquid nitrogen?

Prepare yourself for some seriously mind-bending science, as Dr Graham - visiting New Zealand from Australia - explodes his way through the chemistry and physics of things that go bubble, boom, bang and occasionally catch on fire!

Auckland - Vodafone Events Centre
1pm - 2pm Monday 17 July | Register

Whangarei - Forum North
11:30am - 12:30pm Tuesday 18 July | Register

Christchurch - University of Canterbury
11:30am - 12:30pm Wednesday 19 July | Register
9am - 10am Wednesday 19 July  | Register (extra show)

Greymouth - Greymouth High School Hall
11am – 12pm Thursday 20 July | Register

dr graham

Where:

Auckland, Whangerei, Christchurch, Greymouth
NZ wide (only)

When:

Mon 17 - Thu 20 July

Who for:

Everyone; especially young children

NZ wide (only)

Conservation Week 2017

The theme for this year's Conservation Week is 'Healthy Nature Healthy People'. It's about encouraging New Zealanders to get out into nature and become aware of the link between a healthy natural environment and their health and wellbeing.

Conservation Week gives you the opportunity to celebrate the natural environment and make a connection with your local special places. There are heaps of special places in New Zealand that you can visit all year round with your family and friends.

Conservationweek

Where:

Everywhere
NZ wide (only)

When:

Sat 14 - Sun 22 Oct

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)

NatureWatchNZ

Citizen Science

Help scientists find out what's going on in New Zealand's wild world!

Join NatureWatchNZ and use its website or app to find a project and record how many animals or plants you see relating to that project!

Here's some can watch out for:

Stink bugs (baddies we don't want - keep an eye out!)
Native orchids
NZ Butterflies and their caterpillars
Plants and animals important to Māori
Large brown seaweeds
Little blue penguins
Invasive weeds
Spiders
New Zealand fur seals

 

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Where:

Nationwide
NZ wide (only)

When:

Now & ongoing

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)