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Connected 2014 level 3 - Why Is That?

The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: Use evidence to support ideas.

At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time. 

Rising Seas

Scientists know that global warming is leading to rising sea levels, but the rate of change and its likely impact are less clear. Scientists investigate what is happening and use the evidence to suggest how we might adapt to the changes.

Counting Kākahi 

Scientist Hannah Rainforth investigated kākahi in the Whanganui River to find whether the evidence supports claims by local kaumātua that kākahi have nearly disappeared. 

Rebuilding Christchurch with Amazing Ideas 

Christchurch students from years 7 to 13 entered the Amazing Place City Project competition. They were asked to design an amazing place to help make Christchurch the best small city in the world. The year 7 winning team tested their ideas and used evidence to show that the ideas could really work. 

Elephant Toothpaste 

A class arrives at school to find their room transformed into a laboratory and their teacher transformed into an animal dental hygiene scientist. The zoo asks them to invent a recipe for elephant toothpaste. The class observes the chemical reaction when they mix the ingredients together. Are they successful? And what do the elephants think of their new toothpaste?

The Tsunami That Washed Time Away

Geologists James Goff and Scott Nichol had an idea that the landscape at Henderson Bay in Northland was changed by a huge tsunami that took place hundreds of years ago. Can they find evidence to support their idea?

Updated on: 19 Dec 2014