Posts categorized as Education

If Hairy Maclary came to Te Papa, what do you think he would see and do?

Hairy Maclary contribitions, Photograph: Te Papa, © Te Papa

This was the very question visitors taking part in our Hairy Maclary: A Kiwi Treasure | He taonga a Hairy Maclary programme asked themselves…and boy, did they have heaps of great ideas for our story! Here are some of the individual responses: It was great to see that the ‘big kids’ had ideas too. My favourite is from… Read more »

Summer Science Shows sizzle at Te Papa

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  • Mel demonstrating some 'cool' science with dry ice. © Te Papa
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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 »

Tai Tamariki Kindergarten explore the Aztecs

Max, age 4.Creating his diorama with a mirror 'river', magazine cut outs, fabric, and hand drawn 'God of Death'.Photographer: Tai Tamariki, © Tai Tamariki

This blog provides an excellent opportunity not only for us to share with you, but  for you to share with each other. How do you use our museum as a learning resource? What do you find to be best practice? Why are museum and gallery experiences important for your tamariki? This story comes from ngā kaiako (teachers), Maiangi and… Read more »

Responding to Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa in your Early Years classroom

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Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa on Level 5 is a wonderful resource for Early Years (ECE-Y2) groups! I wanted to share a few of the ideas I had for classroom responses to artworks and collections ‘on the wall’ at the moment. Perhaps you can contribute some ideas too? Colin McCahon, Walk (Series C) , 1973 In Walk with Me – Art… 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 »

Experiments With Light

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‘It was hands on and practical and really rather fun!’ ‘Relaxed interactive professional’  ‘I have so many ideas and am so excited’ Comments made by participants at the Experiments with Light primary teacher’s workshop at Te Papa last week. This cross-curricular workshop introduced teachers to artist Bill Culbert (currently showing in the New Zealand Pavilion… Read more »

Science Live: Whalebirds – the mystery of the storm riders. Success!

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On Tuesday, 22 October 2013 we, the ornithology team at Te Papa, hosted the museum’s second Science Live event- Whalebirds- the mystery of the storm riders.  We brought the public into the lab using live streaming so they could watch us on YouTube and send questions in via Twitter and Facebook.  It was very exciting… Read more »