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Web Conferences

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 shelley.hersey@core-ed.org.

Web conference date Time Location; Where are you? Topic Experts Speaking Schools Recording
Tuesday 21 May 9.15am Havelock North Growing the best apples

Duncan Park

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 9.15am Havelock North 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 9.15am Havelock North 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

  1. How did your business start and what sustainable practices do you have?
  2. How do you choose your workers and how many do you have?
  3. What are the main roles that staff have and what qualifications do they need?
  4. How do you transport the apples so they don't get bruised?
  5. How long does it take for a seed to grow into a tree and then produce apples?
  6. How do you stop possums and other pests from attacking or eating your trees?
  7. What kind of growing conditions do apples need to grow and what climate do they need?
  8. How do you set the sale price of your apples?
  9. Does the Government assist you with subsidies to get your business up and running?
  10. What varieties of apples do you have?

Questions for web conference #2 from Tamatea Intermediate School

  1. How do you think the LEARNZ project (and this field trip) will change society?
  2. How will this LEARNZ trip help our learning?
  3. How do you check for pests?
  4. How successful are the pest control measures?
  5. What is the most common apple disease?
  6. How many trees are lost per year?
  7. Tell us more about the robot apple picker.
  8. How big do apples get?
  9. What inspired you to start this programme?
  10. 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?

 More questions

  1. Do you have pollinators or your own bees? Billy 
  2. Do you use a microscope? if so what for? Clover
  3. How long does an apple last after you pick it? Billy

Questions from Pukekohe Intermediate School, Rooms 1 and 5

  1. Why are green apples sour?
  2. How can you tell the difference between an apple tree and another tree when there are no apples on it?
  3. How many varieties of apples are there in the world?
  4. Apart from red and green apples, do apples come in any other colour?
  5. How does the apple develop on the branch of a tree?
  6. Do apples ripen after they are picked and how do apples stay ripe and not go off when exported overseas? (Jess)
  7. 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)
  8. How are the growers going to manage global warming in the future? - (Nick)
  9. How do you control the sugar levels in apples when breeding new varieties? (PJ)
  10. We have heard about the red-fleshed apple but would it be possible to produce a different coloured apple? (Connor)
  11. 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).

More questions

  1. How are the golden apples made?
  2. How do growers remove dying trees or trees that are not producing enough apples?
  3. Is there a certain apple that is only used for juicing - making apple juice? Ethan
  4. Why do old people say " An apple a day keeps the doctor away"?
  5. Why are some apples floury? Angus
  6. Has any research been done into people's allergies to apples?
  7. How much a tonne do the growers get for export apples? Charlie

Web conferences allow your students to ask experts questions live during the field trip. Image: LEARNZ.