About LEARNZ

For over a decade LEARNZ has evolved into a comprehensive virtual field programme for the education sector.

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About LEARNZ


Over more than a decade LEARNZ has evolved into a comprehensive virtual field programme for the education sector.

Introduction


LEARNZ began life in 1995 as an Antarctic focused education programme harnessing the great stories that came from New Zealand Antarctic science research. LEARNZ at that time was an acronym for

Linking Education and Antarctic Research in New Zealand. During the period 1995 - 1998, LEARNZ developed the concept of the virtual field trip; taking students on learning adventures

to the Dry Valleys, the Antarctic coast and the Ross Sea in the depths of an Antarctic winter on-board a research ice breaker. The focal person in each of these expeditions was the LEARNZ



Teacher: meeting researchers in their workplace, interpreting and meeting objectives in science, social studies and technology curricula. Watch the LEARNZ promo video.


Snapshots from our story so far


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Geospatial

Christchurch rebuild

LEARNZ explored the importance of geospatial data and tools in the rebuild of Christchurch

geospatial
Raoul Island

Raoul Island



Raoul Island

LEARNZ was onboard the HMNZS Canterbury with 30 secondary students on the Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs

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whales



Cook Strait

From 2010 to 2013 LEARNZ joined the DOC whale survey team on Arapawa Island who use science to better understand the fate of the mighty humpback

whales
Rock Art

Rock Art



South Canterbury

LEARNZ discovered how the first people in New Zealand depicted extinct birds and traced their story as they recorded their contact with the first Europeans

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Hazards

Auckland

During the period 2009 to 2013+ LEARNZ explored with EQC, the risks of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury

hazards
Ballet

Ballet

Wellington, Christchurch

LEARNZ followed RNZB performers as they prepared for opening night of Carmen and Don Quixote, and got to know musicians as they built up to CSO concerts

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Dairy

Waikato

During the period 2007 to 2011 LEARNZ visited eight sheep/beef and dairy farms in the Waikato and Canterbury and looked at milk processing

dairy
Marine

Marine



Goat Island

Over six years LEARNZ visited marine reserves and special conservation areas such as Waituna Lagoon, dune lakes and Ō Tū Wharekai

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Andrill



Ross Ice Shelf

LEARNZ returned to Antarctica 2006 to 2009 then again in 2012 each time exploring the nature of Antarctic science

andrill
Energy

Energy



Clutha River

During the period 2004 to 2009 LEARNZ visited electricity generation sites including hydro, geothermal, wind and solar energy and explored the working of the national grid

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Kakapo

Whenua Hou/Codfish Island

Along with trips about takahē, whio, kiwi, shorebirds and birds of prey LEARNZ visited this special kākāpō sanctuary - on six occasions - to follow the plight of this adorable but seriously threatened ancient parrot

kakapo
Mines

Mines



West Coast

From 2003 to 2012 LEARNZ went underground/aboveground to explore coal and gold mining industries and to Taranaki to focus on petroleum facilities

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Nepal



Nepal, Aoraki Mount Cook

LEARNZ joined an expedition to a remote mountain village in the Kathmandu Valley, climbed to Mueller Hut and kayaked on a glacial lake

nepal
Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island



Great Barrier Island

LEARNZ visited both offshore and mainland islands used for the conservation of native species

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Tongariro

Tongariro National Park

LEARNZ explored the natural and cultural landscapes and Karioi Rāhui, an ecological restoration project with Ngāti Rangi iwi

Tongariro
Fiordland

Fiordland

Fiordland

The 1999 Fiordland field trip on pests, birds and bats in Fiordland was the start of the modern LEARNZ programme based on New Zealand stories

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Ross Sea

Antarctica in winter

LEARNZ explored the Ross Sea in the depths of an Antarctic winter on-board a research icebreaker

Icebreaker
Antarctic

Penguins




The Coast

LEARNZ expanded its virtual field trips to include penguin reproductive biology at Cape Royds and drilling at Cape Roberts

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Dry Valley




Dry Valleys

During the period 1995 - 1998, LEARNZ developed the concept of the virtual field trip; students participating in their own learning adventure


 

Antarctica

Antarctica

LEARNZ began life in 1995 as an Antarctic focused education programme harnessing the great stories that came from New Zealand Antarctic science research

timeline    

Christchurch rebuild

LEARNZ explored the importance of geospatial data and tools in the rebuild of Christchurch

Raoul Island

LEARNZ was onboard the HMNZS Canterbury with 30 secondary students on the Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs

Cook Strait

From 2010 to 2013 LEARNZ joined the DOC whale survey team on Arapawa Island who use science to better understand the fate of the mighty humpback

South Canterbury

LEARNZ discovered how the first people in New Zealand depicted extinct birds and traced their story as they recorded their contact with the first Europeans

Auckland

During the period 2009 to 2013+ LEARNZ explored with EQC, the risks of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury

Wellington, Christchurch

LEARNZ followed RNZB performers as they prepared for opening night of Carmen and Don Quixote, and got to know musicians as they built up to CSO concerts

Waikato

During the period 2007 to 2011 LEARNZ visited eight sheep/beef and dairy farms in the Waikato and Canterbury and looked at milk processing

Goat Island

Over six years LEARNZ visited marine reserves and special conservation areas such as Waituna Lagoon, dune lakes and Ō Tū Wharekai

Ross Ice Shelf

LEARNZ returned to Antarctica 2006 to 2009 then again in 2012 each time exploring the nature of Antarctic science

Clutha River

During the period 2004 to 2009 LEARNZ visited electricity generation sites including hydro, geothermal, wind and solar energy and explored the working of the national grid

Whenua Hou/Codfish Island

Along with trips about takahē, whio, kiwi, shorebirds and birds of prey LEARNZ visited this special kākāpō sanctuary - on six occasions - to follow the plight of this adorable but seriously threatened ancient parrot

West Coast

From 2003 to 2012 LEARNZ went underground and above ground to explore coal and gold mining industries and to Taranaki to focus on petroleum facilities

Nepal, Aoraki Mount Cook

LEARNZ joined an expedition to a remote mountain village in the Kathmandu Valley, climbed to Mueller Hut and kayaked on a glacial lake

Great Barrier Island

LEARNZ visited both offshore and mainland islands used for the conservation of native species

Tongariro National Park

LEARNZ explored the natural and cultural landscapes and Karioi Rāhui, an ecological restoration project with Ngāti Rangi iwi

Fiordland

The 1999 Fiordland field trip on pests, birds and bats in Fiordland was the start of the modern LEARNZ programme based on New Zealand stories

Antarctica in winter

LEARNZ explored the Ross Sea in the depths of an Antarctic winter on-board a research icebreaker



The coast

LEARNZ expanded its virtual field trips to include penguin reproductive biology at Cape Royds and drilling at Cape Roberts

Antarctic science

During the period 1995 - 1998, LEARNZ developed the concept of the virtual field trip; students participating in their own learning adventure

Antarctica

LEARNZ began life in 1995 as an Antarctic focused education programme harnessing the great stories that came from New Zealand Antarctic science research