Science Stuff

My first blog post reported the 2007 open day at Green Bay High School where I was H.O.D. Science. The blog is my record of pedagogical and learning environment change.

Safely retired from teaching I still like to blog about aspects of science that take my interest. I like producing resources that can be used in the classroom usually in Earth Science or Chemistry.

The blog is currently under ongoing reconstruction and older posts need reformatting

Its OK to be a science geek

Tales from a tiny Garden

Caterpillar City

              Older Monarch caterpillars trash their environment leaving nothing for the younger generation....Monarch caterpillars are voracious eating machines. They eat swan plants exclusively and will completely trash a large...

The Secret Life of Potatoes

                    Deep underground in a potato tub in a tiny garden near Lake Rotorua. A lonely potato continues its cycle. Dug up and replanted twice to investigate what happens out of sight in the dark wet soil....

Attack of the killer wasps

                            Chemical warfare in a tiny garden in Rotorua sitting above the lake not far from the CBD.Chemical warfare in a tiny garden in Rotorua. A sunny afternoon relaxing in...

Attack of the killer Mantis

                        A sunny afternoon relaxing in suburban Rotorua. Owhata, above the lake not far from the CBD. Bad things happen in tiny gardens. A sunny afternoon, the perfect picture, where's my...

The Hibiscus Flower Night Show

I used a Picamera attached to a Raspberry Pi 3 running a simple time lapse code. The 5 megapixel camera shot one frame every 120 seconds. The final movie was processed using Time Lapse Tool at 30 frames per second, The plant was illuminated at night with a 12v AC PRO...

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All you need to know about the periodic table and atoms 1

Work through The Introduction to the Periodic Table Prezi then do the quiz to check your understanding. By the end of this unit you should know: what the atomic number and mass number of an element is. how elements are arranged on the periodic table. what Periods and...

Rhyolite domes in the Taupo Volcanic Zone: Ngongotaha

PREZI:Rhyollite domes of the Taupo Volcanic Zone Slider:Rhyollite domes of the Taupo Volcanic Zone

AS 91189 Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality.

AS 91189 Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand.   132,000 years of violent volcanic activity then they built Ash Pit Road (Prezi). Tephra deposited from multiple eruptions in the Taupo volcanic Zone.The history of the area is written in layers of ash...

Plate tectonics year 11 2017

Use some of the information here to help with your internal assessment. A useful resource for the Tarawera eruption. Download The Okataina Volcanic Complex

Intra Plate Volcanics, Hot Spots

        A broad gently sloping cone. Rangitoto is a shield volcano formed from fluid basalt lava flows Where does all the basalt come from? .....mid ocean ridges ridges to begin with then it is subducted under the east coast of the North Island...

Year 10, Elements and the periodic Table Quiz

Work through The Introduction to the Periodic Table Prezi then do the quiz to check your understanding. By the end of this unit you should know: what the atomic number and mass number of an element is. how elements are arranged on the periodic table. what Periods and...

Electricity, electrical circuits Year 10

Watch the video showing series and parallel circuits with two light bulbs. Read over your class notes and get help from the text book if you need to. Series and Parallel circuits In a series circuit the components are connected in such a way that the current flows...

Hydrothermal activity at Orakei Korako and the extremophiles that survive there (cyanobacteria)

Western Heights High School students recently visited the hydrothermal area at Orakei Korako. This was part of their Level 2 Earth and Space Science programme. ( AS 91190 Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment) Cyanobacteria are named after the...

Nga Tapuwai o Mataoho, footprints of Mataoho. Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain has a number of important features for Auckland Volcanic Field geeks to get excited about. the shape of the scoria cone (steep sided compared with Rangitoto a shield volcano where the molten basalt flowed freely without a high gas content.) major...

Pupuke an early eruption in the Auckland volcanic field looking towards the youngest, Rangitoto.

Study revision: The Auckland Volcanic field Look at the presentation on the Pupuke eruption in the Auckland volcanic field. It's a good example of the stages that eruptions generally follow (explosion crater, scoria cones, lava fields). Take time to do this properly....
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Lake Tikitapu

Picture Perfect with a violent past. Twenty minutes out of Rotorua on the Tarawera road lies picturesque Tikitapu. An undulating track meanders around the lake and it takes 1.5 hours to complete if you stop to admire the stunning views.  The scenery is 20, 000 years...

Rotorua attractions, the Redwoods quarry lookout track.

Welcome to the sacred forest. Close to the Rotorua Central Business District on the main Tarawera highway lies a magical spot known to locals as the "Redwoods" Insulated from a busy world by giant living statues of Californian Redwoods It's a perfect spot to...
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