How to visit every volcano in Auckland - DEVORA DOWNLOAD
Many visitors and residents of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) have “visit every volcano” on their goal list. However, there are so many (53 volcanic centres!), many are quarried or hidden away, and it takes a lot of digging (ha!) to figure out how to check some of them off of your list. This checklist makes meeting this goal easier! In this document, you’ll find a map and corresponding list of the volcanoes, roughly grouped by location, an address or GPS coordinate for you to put into your…
Auckland’s forgotten volcano
Scientists researching and mapping Auckland’s volcanic field thought they had discovered a hitherto unknown crater lying beneath the suburb of Grafton. However, it turned out early explorer and geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter had beaten them to it by some 150 years.
Tectonic shift in year 10 learning
Dave Corner of Auckland’s Pakuranga College developed a successful geology unit using resources from several SLH contexts. His students were engaged because they had been to or seen many of the volcanoes or other geological sites featured.
Landcare Research’s insect collection
The buildings of Landcare Research (Manaaki Whenua) in Tāmaki, Auckland, house an enormous range of preserved and live specimens of insects and other invertebrates. Why do the scientists value this collection so highly and what role does it play in conservation.
What controls apple flesh colour?
Scientists at Plant & Food Research have worked out why some apples are red-fleshed and others white-fleshed. They found a protein called MYB10 in apple, then showed that MYB10 was a transcription factor that controlled the production of anthocyanin (the red pigment in apple flesh). Richard Espley, who carried out much of the research, describes the genetic techniques that were used to help understand the function of MYB10. He also explains why red-fleshed apples have more MYB10 and more…
Revive Our Gulf
Marine biologist Rebecca Barclay provides an overview of the Mussel Reef Restoration Trust’s key project – Revive Our Gulf. Rebecca gives us the history of the Hauraki Gulf and how Revive Our Gulf is working to restore some of the original ecosystems. Point of interest Why did the mussel beds not regenerate? Do you think this is still a problem today?
Mussels and ecosystem services
This video is a brief introduction to the restoration of mussel reefs in the Hauraki Gulf. The reefs enhance water quality and promote marine life diversity. It was produced by Revive Our Gulf, the flagship organisation for the Mussel Reef Restoration Trust. Note that the video does not have a soundtrack. Point of interest: Why would recreational fishers support this work?
Studying sound under water
We know that sound behaves quite differently under water, moving faster and further, but how well can we predict what sound will do under water based on the information that we have? Dr Craig Radford from Leigh Marine Laboratory decided it was time to find out.
Encouraging creativity: Revolution Fibres
Iain Hosie and Albert McGhee, Revolution Fibres, discuss how they encourage creativity and develop ideas in their workplace and why this is important for innovation. Discussion points Albert McGhee talks about ‘creative days’ – a formalised way to encourage creativity and ideas development in their workplace. Discuss with your students what they think of this idea. How important do your students think creativity is in the innovation process? Encourage them to find other examples of…
The Revolution Fibres story
In this video, Revolution Fibres founders Iain Hosie and Simon Feasey describe how they found a gap in the market for the commercial production of nanofibres. They explain how they set up their business, upscaled electrospinning technology and successfully commercialised three new products in a short space of time. Along with Albert McGhee, they discuss how creativity, problem-solving and an emphasis on evolving their business strategy have all been important in their success. Jargon alert…
From idea to commercial product: Revolution Fibres
Simon Feasey and Iain Hosie, from Revolution Fibres, discuss the key steps in developing an idea into a commercial product. Jargon alert Milestones: agreed events or stages in a project that are indicators of progress. Go/kill points: Simon uses this term to mean milestones in a project at which you decide whether to proceed (go) or to stop (kill). Activity Ask your students to listen to the video and identify the key steps that Simon and Iain discuss. Your students could also watch other…
Producing commercial quantities of nanofibre
Revolution Fibres is a high-tech start-up company that produces commercial quantities of electrospun nanofibre. They are one of a few companies worldwide and the only company in Australasia able to do this. With a huge range of potential applications, the market for nanofibre materials is growing rapidly.