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In this activity, students calculate their RMR (resting metabolic rate) and use this to calculate the energy cost of various activities. From these values, an estimate of their average daily energy expenditure can be made.
STUDENT ACTIVITY - Fossil correlation - In this activity, students date fossils from one site by matching them to fossils already dated somewhere else. They use real data from Mangahouanga, made famous by paleontologist Joan Wiffen.
In this activity, students learn how to make an aerofoil and to make and fly paper planes. In the process, they learn about aerofoil wing shape (found on planes and birds) and experiment with flying paper planes using angle of attack and nose weight.
STUDENT ACTIVITY - Fern propagation - In this activity, students learn how to propagate ferns. All ferns reproduce by means of spores. Some ferns, like the hen and chickens fern, reproduce asexually by means of bulbils.
In this activity, students make and/or observe two moving models of the different tectonic plate boundaries under the North and South Islands representing the North Island subduction zone and the South Island Alpine Fault.
STUDENT ACTIVITY - World of quakes - In this activity, students take on the roles of seismologists and vulcanologists, using maps to look for patterns in the worldwide distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes.