Posts written by Scott Ogilvie

Science Live: Expedition Snares Island for teachers

The rugged western cliffs of North-East Iland. Rising to over 120m - 06 Dec 2013. Photo Antony Kusabs, Te Papa.jpg

You may have seen on our blog that our next instalment of Science Live is happening on March 18. This episode will focus on Te Papa scientists’ recent trip to Snares Islands, about 200km south of Fiordland. Science Live is great way for teachers and students to learn about some of the important scientific work… Read more »

Summer Science Shows sizzle at Te Papa

  • A brave volunteer sits on our bed of nails. © Te Papa
  • Mel demonstrating some 'cool' science with dry ice. © Te Papa
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  • A visitor gets to experience being inside a bubble. © Te Papa

If you were lucky enough to be at Te Papa at 10:30 on either Tuesday or Thursday these last two weeks then you may have got some hands-on science in your day. Last week, Mel Dash from Audience Engagement helped visitors learn more about states of matter. In particular, the audience learned about dry ice… Read more »

Khandallah kids go ‘behind the scenes’ – a student’s response

Khandallah School Room 5 visiting Te Papa's Natural Sciences collection. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa

On Monday, I wrote a blog about Khandallah School’s visit to our bird and insect collection. It was clear to me that the students had a wonderful time – but why not let them tell you that! This post has been written by Lara from Room 5. Last Friday I was so excited, it was… Read more »

Khandallah kids go ‘behind the scenes’

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Readers may remember that as part of sunfish science extravaganza, a group of Khandallah School students won our competition to name the fish. Their winning name was Sunny Bill, and this morning they visited our natural history collection as part of their prize. The 28 students from room 5 arrived at the Tory St building… Read more »

The sunfish has a name!

School Students and the sharp tail sunfish. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa

As part of Te Papa’s Sunfish Science Extravaganza, a competition was run for school classes to come up with a name for our sharp tail sunfish. We got some very creative and witty suggestions and picking a winner proved a difficult task. After some consultation with fellow educators, a decision was reached… Congratulations to Room… Read more »

School’s in for sunfish science

On Monday morning 30 students from Brooklyn school huddled around a table in Te Papa’s fish lab. They were here to get a rare glimpse of a very rare fish – a sharp-tail sunfish. While the fish was still hidden under a wet sheet that was part of the defrosting process, scientist Andrew Stewart provided… Read more »

Flat Stanley pays a visit

  • Flat Stanley and a bear skeleton in Te Papa’s vertebrate’s collection. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa
  • Flat Stanley and a king crab in Te Papa’s marine invertebrate collection. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa
  • Flat Stanley and an emperor penguin in Te Papa’s classroom. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa
  • Flat Stanley. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa

When I arrived at work on Tuesday morning I had a visitor waiting on my desk. Yes, ON my desk. It was Flat Stanley and he was visiting from Mornington School in Dunedin. Stanley came with a letter from Room 7 at MorningtonSchool. These students told me that they were learning about oceans but Te… Read more »