Posts categorized as Education

Can early years children learn from live science?

Max's sunfish drawing. Photographer: Becs Thomas © Tai Tamariki

Our sunfish science extravaganza was a huge hit with adult science enthusiasts from across New Zealand – and worldwide! But could the same setup work for very young children? Mel Dash, one of Te Papa’s audience engagement team, had the inspired idea of inviting the 3 and 4 year olds from Tai Tamariki Kindergarten, to… Read more »

Plimmerton Kindergarten’s Warhol experience

  • Our Warhol Experience by Plimerton Kindergarten
  • Warhol Artwork, Photographer: Plimmerton Kindergarten, © Plimmerton Kindergarten
  • Warhol Artwork, Photographer: Plimmerton Kindergarten, © Plimmerton Kindergarten
  • Warhol Artwork, Photographer: Plimmerton Kindergarten, © Plimmerton Kindergarten

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? Our second story comes from Plimmerton Kindergarten: Check… Read more »

The role of boundary objects

Museum Management and Curatorship, 27:1, 53-66.

There is some wonderful research taking place around young children and museums/galleries, the findings of which we can use to inform our teaching practice. What enables young children to better engage with exhibitions, and sustain interest back at the childcare centre? How can we help tamariki to make meaning from what they see and hear at… Read more »

A recent acquisition to mark the end of this year’s Matariki celebrations

  • Kikopiri
  • Snowden 1
  • Snowden 2
  • Maori women from Otaki

“Matariki Ahunga Nui – Matariki is a provider of abundant resources” This recent acquisition (purchased June 2013) is a tukutuku tūrapa, or panel named ‘Matariki’. It was woven to acknowledge the Maori New Year by master weaver Sonia Snowden (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi). It is made of kiekie, pīngao , woven in a lattice form… Read more »

Venice Biennale Twilight Art Talk for Teachers

Teachers at the twilight art talk Photographer: Sarah Pitman © Te Papa

Could you name 5 artists who have shown at New Zealand’s National Pavilions in the Venice Biennale or recollect the year that New Zealand first had a National Pavilion? Do you know when the Venice Biennale first started or how many people are expected to visit this year? Teachers from the lower north island answered… 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 »

Behind the scenes: A week in the life of a natural history curator

  • A wing being prepared by Catherine for incorporation into the collection.
  • Alan with a shearwater skeleton prepared by Catherine.
  • Alan looking through Te Papa's prion skin collection.
  • Alan and Trish looking at birds eggs in Te Papa's collection. Te Papa has recently improved their storage method of these fragile items.

What does a Te Papa curator do? I spent last week following Te Papa’s terrestrial vertebrate curator Alan Tennyson to find out. Here are some of the main highlights:  Visitors Monday saw Alan meet with Trish Nugent-Lyne, a collection manager at Whanganui Regional Museum. Te Papa staff are helping Trish prepare an articulated dog skeleton… Read more »