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.
To book as a speaking school, email Shelley the LEARNZ Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Web conference date
||Location; Where are you?
|Tuesday 21 May
||Growing the best apples
|St Joseph's Catholic School (Opotiki), Year 4-6
||Replay at https://vimeo.com/337401033 (37 minutes). The access passcode is in your teacher's MyLearnz.
|Wednesday 22 May
||Sustainable orchards and selectively breeding apples
Chrissy Marshall and Vincent Bus
|Tamatea Intermediate School, Year 8
||Replay at https://vimeo.com/337636562 (45 minutes). The access passcode is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ.
|Thursday 23 May
||Future challenges in the apple industry
Anna Kokeny and Jim Walker
|Pukekohe Intermediate School, Year 7 - Rooms 1 and 5
||Replay at https://vimeo.com/337883946 (40 minutes). The access passcode is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ.
Questions for web conference #1 from St Joseph's School
- How did your business start and what sustainable practices do you have?
- How do you choose your workers and how many do you have?
- What are the main roles that staff have and what qualifications do they need?
- How do you transport the apples so they don't get bruised?
- How long does it take for a seed to grow into a tree and then produce apples?
- How do you stop possums and other pests from attacking or eating your trees?
- What kind of growing conditions do apples need to grow and what climate do they need?
- How do you set the sale price of your apples?
- Does the Government assist you with subsidies to get your business up and running?
- What varieties of apples do you have?
Questions for web conference #2 from Tamatea Intermediate School
- How do you think the LEARNZ project (and this field trip) will change society?
- How will this LEARNZ trip help our learning?
- How do you check for pests?
- How successful are the pest control measures?
- What is the most common apple disease?
- How many trees are lost per year?
- Tell us more about the robot apple picker.
- How big do apples get?
- What inspired you to start this programme?
- We have heard that the robot picker detects red apples but cannot yet detect black spot. What happens if those apples get to the packhouse?
- Do you have pollinators or your own bees? Billy
- Do you use a microscope? if so what for? Clover
- How long does an apple last after you pick it? Billy
Questions from Pukekohe Intermediate School, Rooms 1 and 5
- Why are green apples sour?
- How can you tell the difference between an apple tree and another tree when there are no apples on it?
- How many varieties of apples are there in the world?
- Apart from red and green apples, do apples come in any other colour?
- How does the apple develop on the branch of a tree?
- Do apples ripen after they are picked and how do apples stay ripe and not go off when exported overseas? (Jess)
- Can you tell us a little more about the countries that our New Zealand apples get exported to (can they not grow their own) and do they only travel by ship? (James)
- How are the growers going to manage global warming in the future? - (Nick)
- How do you control the sugar levels in apples when breeding new varieties? (PJ)
- We have heard about the red-fleshed apple but would it be possible to produce a different coloured apple? (Connor)
- As a world-leading apple growing country with a great reputation, what biosecurity measures do we take to protect our apple industry and our apples that are exported (Madison).
- How are the golden apples made?
- How do growers remove dying trees or trees that are not producing enough apples?
- Is there a certain apple that is only used for juicing - making apple juice? Ethan
- Why do old people say " An apple a day keeps the doctor away"?
- Why are some apples floury? Angus
- Has any research been done into people's allergies to apples?
- How much a tonne do the growers get for export apples? Charlie