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Videos that are recorded and edited during the field trip will be linked here. 

Tuesday 12 May

1. Drones and their uses mp4 file (70Mb) or watch on Vimeo.

Come down to the shores of Lake Pukaki to fly a drone and find out more about their uses.

  1. What does Marcus use this drone for?
  2. How does the drone work?
  3. What are some of the benefits and challenges of using a drone?

Next step learning: Find out about some other uses of drones in New Zealand.

2. Drones monitoring wilding pines mp4 file (76Mb) or watch on Vimeo.

Drive towards Tekapo to find some wilding pines and see how drones are used to help control this invasive weed.

  1. How is the drone used to help control wilding pines?
  2. Why are wilding trees a problem?
  3. How might drones be used in the future to control wilding pines?

Next step learning: Design your own drone for a particular use in the high country.

3. What is GPS? mp4 file (64Mb) or watch on Vimeo.

Drive up to the top of Mount John to learn about GPS and how it has changed the way we locate things in New Zealand.

  1. What does GPS stand for?
  2. How many satellites are needed to get an accurate location?
  3. What information does GPS give and what stations make up the New Zealand survey network?

Next step learning: Find out the exact location of your home using GPS.

4. GPS in New Zealand mp4 file (68Mb) or watch on Vimeo.

Take shelter inside to find out more about GPS use in New Zealand and how it has changed the way we find locations.

  1. When did GPS data replace the old survey data used to make maps and how is it different to what was used in the past?
  2. Why did New Zealand start using GPS?
  3. What are some things that GPS can be used for?

Next step learning: Find out how GPS can be used to better prepare for natural hazards.

5. Let’s start geocaching mp4 file (86Mb) or watch on Vimeo.

Meet students from Twizel Area School to see how you can get involved in geocaching.

  1. What is geocaching?
  2. What are some of the challenges of geocaching?
  3. What do you need to be aware of when trying to find a geocache?

Next step learning: Go to the Geocaching website to find geocaches in your local area.

Wednesday 13 May

1. Weeds in the High Country 95Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo.

Meet Neil Bolton from the Department of Conservation to find out about weeds in the high country and the problems they cause.

  1. What are some of the weeds that are found in the Mackenzie Basin?
  2. How do pine trees spread?
  3. How is GPS used by DOC to manage weeds?

Next step learning: Find out about weeds in your local area and what can be done to control them.

2. Pest animals in the High Country 103Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo.

There are many introduced predators in the high country, find out more about some of the more common predators and what is being done to manage them.

  1. What are the different predators that Neil talks about?
  2. Why are hedgehogs a threat?
  3. How have tracking collars helped in controlling pests?

Next step learning: What do you think is the worst predator in New Zealand and why?

3. Collar that pesky pig! 70Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo.

Meet Billy Joe, a working dog used for pig hunting and other conservation work and find out how his collar works.

  1. What work does Billy Joe do?
  2. What training has Billy Joe had?
  3. How does the collar work?

Next step learning: What are some of the other ways that tracking collars are used for conservation work?

4. Tracking Chamois and Thar 58Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo.

Check out the stuffed chamois and thar and find out how these introduced animals affect the high country and what’s being done to reduce their impact.

  1. Which animal is a bigger threat to the high country and why?
  2. Why do some people like thar and chamois?
  3. What technology is used to control these animals?

Next step learning: Find out where chamois and thar come from and why they were introduced to New Zealand.

5. Rabbit Control and GIS 127Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo.

Meet Sue Anderson, a Ranger for the Department of Conservation, and discover how technology is helping to control rabbit numbers in parts of the Mackenzie Basin.

  1. How are rabbits controlled in this area?
  2. What technology does the contractor use?
  3. What happens to the data that the contractor collects?

Next step learning: Where else is GIS used and why is it such a useful tool?

Thursday 14 May

1. Using GIS and sharing data 78Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo.

Meet Jana Kaeppler from the Mackenzie District Council and find out about the GIS she has created. 

  1. What is the name of the GIS used by this council and what can it show?
  2. Why is a GIS useful for councils?
  3. What is the future of GIS?

Next step learning: Take a look at your own local council website and see what you can find out about from the maps they have online.  

2. Location technology for recreation 85Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo.

Enjoy the views across Lake Pukaki near Twizel and find out about the technology that can be used for recreation in the high country.  

  1. How can GPS be used in the high country?
  2. What is an avalanche transceiver and how does it work?
  3. How does an emergency locator beacon work?

Next step learning: How do you think technology has changed recreation in the high country?  

3. What is Agrimap 59Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo.

Drive down to Kurow to a sheep and beef farm to find out more about how technology is being used.

  1. What is Agrimap?
  2. What does a farmer do to set up Agrimap for their farm?
  3. How can Agrimap be used?

Next step learning: What other forms of technology do you think would be useful to farmers? Think of some examples and how they might be created.  

4. Using Agrimap 57Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo.

Go out and help Paul to complete a task assigned through Agrimap.

  1. What task was Paul asked to do?
  2. How did GPS help with this task?
  3. Why was Agrimap developed?

Next step learning: Find out about other technologies used by farmers in the high country.  

5. Field trip summary 40Mb mp4 file or watch on Vimeo

Take some time at the end of the High Country hi-tech field trip to think about all you have learned.

  1. What was your favourite part of the field trip and why?
  2. What would you like to find out more about and how will you go about this?
  3. Help your teacher to complete the online evaluation for this field trip.