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Web conferences with schools are hosted live from the field by the LEARNZ Teacher and are coordinated by the LEARNZ Office. More about web conferences.

    • Web conference activity for students: Students can work on this activity while they listen to live or recorded web conferences - Word (25k) | PDF (167k) | Google Doc. Activity notes could be shared to help put together a class web conference summary.
    • Create a web conference summary. Making a class summary of a web conference is a great way of reviewing the information your students heard. Feel free to create your own template or use the webconference summary sheet - Word (29k) | PDF (114k) | Google doc. We'd love to share your ideas so please send your class summary to shelley.hersey@core-ed.org.

To book as a speaking school, email Shelley the LEARNZ Teacher shelley.hersey@core-ed.org.

Web conference date & time Location; Where are you? Topic Experts Speaking Schools Recording
Tuesday 27 August 9:15am Rotorua New Zealand's Supervolcano

Ben Kennedy, Sylvia Tapuke and Graham Leonard

Alfriston School, Year 5-8. Scroll down for questions. Replay at https://vimeo.com/356068443 (35 minutes). The passcode is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ.
Wednesday 28 August 9:15am Tūrangi Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards in New Zealand

Ben Kennedy, Kiharoa Milroy, Bubs Smith and Graham Leonard

Belmont School, Year 5-6 and Havelock North High School Year 10. Scroll down for questions. Replay at https://vimeo.com/356290921 (44 minutes). The passcode is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ.
Thursday 29 August 9:15am Wellington Managing Volcanic Hazards

Ben KennedyKiharoa MilroySylvia Tapuke and Graham Leonard

Havelock North High School, Year 10. Scroll down for questions. Replay at https://vimeo.com/356605532 (45 minutes). The passcode is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ.

Questions for Web conference 1

Questions from Alfriston School, Year 5-8

  1. How is a supervolcano formed?
  2. What causes a supervolcano to erupt and how much damage can that cause?
  3. What makes tectonic plates move? Aidan
  4. How does a pyroclastic flow stop? Blair
  5. How can the Taupō supervolcano help us to understand volcanoes better?
  6. How do humans live with supervolcanoes?
  7. Could humans cause a supervolcano to erupt? Why/why not? Tyson

Questions for Web conference 2

Questions from Belmont School, Year 5-6

  1. How many people would be involved in the monitoring (watching or studying) of the volcanoes in New Zealand?
  2. What technology do you think will be available in 50 year's time to monitor volcanoes to keep people and animals even safer?
  3. Can you cook a meal in the hot pools at the top of the volcano?
  4. What would New Zealand’s most active or dangerous volcano be?
  5. Do other countries study our volcanoes. If so why?

Questions from Havelock North High School, Year 10

  1. Does ash freeze if it is too high in the atmosphere?
  2. How did water fill up the caldera?
  3. How hot is the magma in the chamber under Taupō?
  4. How do geologists measure when a supervolcano is going to erupt?

Questions for Web conference 3

Questions from Havelock North High School, Year 10

  1. We saw a GNS video on measuring sulfate and chloride ions in the crater lake. Do geologists measure these in Lake Taupō to track activity? 
  2. How can we tell if a supervolcano is in a building phase, “potentially culminating, at some undetermined point in the future, in a large-scale eruption again in New Zealand"?
  3. Yellowstone is a famous supervolcano, is it more likely to erupt again before Lake Taupō caldera?
  4. Are all supervolcanoes rhyolite calderas?
  5. Does new pumice get generated without an eruption? It always seems to be floating on the lake.
  6. Could we get a supervolcano in Auckland?
  7. There is a geothermal electricity station near Taupō. Why don't we have any at Tongariro or Rotorua?