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|Web conference date
||Location; Where are you?
|Tuesday 11 June
||Traditional Māori Navigation
|Arahoe School, Year 5-6 and Ponsonby Primary School, Year 4. Scroll down for questions.
||Replay at https://vimeo.com/341448120 (41 minutes). The passcode is on the left of your teacher's MyLEARNZ.
|Wednesday 12 June
||Cook's Voyages and Navigation
|Knights Stream School - Mingimingi Hautoa, Year 3-4 and Ngatimoti School, Year 4-6. Scroll down for questions.
||Replay at https://vimeo.com/341673921 (39 minutes). The passcode is on the left of your teacher's MyLEARNZ.
|Thursday 13 June
||Modern Navigation at Sea
|Mataura Primary School, Year 5-6 and Ilam School, Year 5-6. Scroll down for questions.
||Replay at https://vimeo.com/341905839 (40 minutes). The passcode is on the left of your teacher's MyLEARNZ.
Questions for web conference #1
Questions from Arahoe School
- If the navigators had to navigate all the time, how could they survive with not sleeping at all?
- When people were sailing in the ocean, how could they locate land?
- When people were navigating what troubles did they have?
- How were the rising and setting points of the stars and planets used as signposts?
- How were the Sun and the waves used in navigation?
Questions from Ponsonby Primary School
- Will the Matariki stars go away?
- How far away is the closest Matariki star from Earth?
- Were the stars of Matariki used for navigation?
- Why do the Matariki stars only appear in mid-winter?
More questions from schools
- What were the waka like that they explored on - what did they take with them when they voyaged for exploration?
- Did they use any trigonometry in their navigation?
- Why are there stories with 7 stars and some with 9 stars in Matariki?
- Why does the date we celebrate Matariki on change?
- Why is it so important to know how the maori navigated?
- What was the first star out of the nine to appear in the sky?
Questions for web conference #2
Questions from Knights Stream School
- How do you know where to find the Matariki stars? - Fox
- How do you know where to go when the Matariki stars only come out one month in the year? - Amelia
- How did Matariki become a special time in New Zealand? - Chloe
- What tools did Captain Cook use to draw the map of New Zealand? - Viktor
- What happened if Polynesian navigators couldn't see the stars on the boat? Toby
Questions from Ngatimoti School
- What did Captain Cook and his crew eat? Alex A
- How did Captain Cook navigate to New Zealand and home again? Did they use the stars? Alex C
- How does a sextant work? Eloise
- Why was Nick's head the body part they named Young Nick’s Head after? Did any other parts of New Zealand get named after someone? Ruby M
- What happened to the other people on Captain Cook’s ship when he died? Gabriel.
More questions from schools
- Were goats and pigs really needed to be dropped off on islands for shipwrecked sailors? Niheta
- Are there nine or seven Matariki stars? Te Waahi
- Where did sailors like Captain Cook stop to get food/supplies for their trips? Caelin, Pukekohe Hill School
- How would sailors repair ships while at sea? Room 22, Pukekohe Hill School
- Do captains (today) still train to navigate using these older methods in case modern technology fails while they are out at sea? Room 22 Pukekohe Hill School
- Can only New Zealand see matariki or can other countries? Ashburton Intermediate
- How did the sextant get it’s name? Ngatimoti School
- Where did Captain Cook go to the toilet on the ship? Knights Stream School
- Who was the first to see Matariki? When was it first celebrated?
- Did Captain Cook hunt whales while on the Endeavour? Knights Stream School
- Why is it important to know how Captain Cook navigated? Cory
Questions for web conference #3
Questions from Mataura Primary School
- How do people make the shipping lanes that ships travel along?
- Is a GPS better than a map, or do you need both of them?
- Why do people still use paper charts as well as electronic charts?
- Where do people go to learn how to use things like the azimuth circle, stadimeter or radar?
- How do you get a job on a big shipping container?
Questions from Ilam School
- How do you see modern marine technology moving forward from where it is now? Harsh
- How accurate is echo-sounding and how do you actually calculate it? i.e. How much time passes between the sound and the echo for a depth of 100 metres for example? Medhar
- How do marine navigation techniques vary between night and day? Soeren
- If you were using radio technology I think storms and cloudy weather can create interference. Please explain if this is so or not. Connor
- How do you actually create nautical charts from the information gathered using a multi beam? Tristen
More questions from NZ schools
- Why is Matariki a Maori Myth?
- When captain cook arrived to New Zealand what did he first discover
- In your opinion is GPS better then the old way.from Isabelle and Deizjhan, Fergusson Intermediate
- If you used a sextant or another marine device which device would be more accurate ? Indira, Fergusson Intermediate
- How do you become a captain of a navigation ship? Nina, HCS school
- How many navigation tools did Captain Cook use? Seddon School
- What procedures are there if someone falls overboard? Moanataiari School
- Does GPS show if there are big waves or storms nearby? Shermie, Pukekohe Hill
- How would a major earthquake affect the topography under the sea? Connor, Ilanm School
- Who would be the figurative father of modern navigation? Oskar, Ilam School
- How many years did it take to move from a single beam to a multi beam for surveying the seabed? Emma, Ilam School