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Field Trip

The  Prepare Students section will get your class ready for the Argo Floats virtual field trip!

The field trip experience is made up of a number of components which take place from Monday 16 June to Wednesday 25, 2014.

Field Trip Plan - June 2014

Monday 16 June The journey begins. Join Shelley and the ambassadors as you make your way to Port Nicholson in Wellington and board the RV Tangaroa. During the journey, Shelley will photograph and write about some of the interesting features of the trip and the induction of crew onboard the Tangaroa. Read Shelley's diary about the trip from Dunedin to Wellington. See what the ambassadors enjoyed about their day. View the panorama for Monday.

17 - 25 June

During each day of the journey get the questions then listen to the day's audioconference recordings. Watch the videos and answer the questions. Read Shelley's diary, see what the ambassadors are up to and view the panoramas.
Thursday 26 June The journey ends. The RV Tangaroa sails into the Port of Auckland after 15 days at sea! The website will be updated today with further imagery and higher quality videos.

All components in the table below are updated daily during the field trip. They remain on this website and can be used after the date of the live field trip.


Classes can send an ambassador (small toy) on the field trip with the LEARNZ Field Trip teacher. Daily ambassador updates can be read by all enrolled classes.


Students can post their own questions on a Web Board to be answered by the field trip experts. For this special series of field trips from late 2013 until early 2015 Ask-an-Expert will be kept open, apart from school holidays. Once it has closed, the Ask-an-Expert link will go to a new page which has a selection of questions and answers from the field trip Web Board.


Students put questions live to experts who are on location during the field trip. Audioconferences can also be listened to live via the Internet audiostream or from a recording.


Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher writes a detailed diary for students to read, accompanied by 10 captioned images for each day of the field trip - including the travel day on Monday.

Experts and Careers

Students meet each expert involved in this field trip via a profile page and short video. Potential career and training paths can also be explored on these pages.


Wide format images that help students familiarise themselves with the location of the field trip. Captions containing questions generate focus and inquiry.

Photo Gallery

All website and field trip photos are available in one easy-to-use location, where students can browse and select to further their interest and learning.


Short, curriculum-rich videos with questions and answers are made on each day of the field trip and uploaded in the evening for viewing the following day.