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All kits come complete with teacher information, curriculum links and student instruction sheets.  Most kits cater for curriculum levels 1-4 and all are designed for use with up to 30 students.

Kits are booked for one week at  a time and will be delivered to your school before end of day on Friday and collected by 10am the following Friday.

Bee Bots

Bee-Bots

 

Programmable Robots for Junior Primary Curriculum Level 1-2, Technology, Literacy, Numeracy

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Blue Bots

 

Blue-Bots are programmable floor robots. The Blue-Bots are an updated version of the traditional yellow Bee-Bots, but with the addition of Bluetooth connectivity. Once connected to a device, the bot can be controlled by building up a sequence of instructions, which are then sent to the bot to make it move. The bot also has the usual buttons on top for using it in the traditional way. Great introduction to programming. (Kit comes with 8 Blue Bots and 8 i-pads)

 
Breathe easy

Breathe Easy

Kia Ngāwari te Whakahā

Hands on experiments include ‘pollution patrol’ where students compare the exhaust emissions of a variety of vehicles, ‘Smog Alert’ which involves students creating smog in a jar, and an extensive data crunching activity for the older children that uses locally sources air quality data collected over a five-year period. Covers the ‘planet earth and beyond’ as well as ‘Nature of Science’ strands. There are strong links to numeracy and social science and suggestions for extending this unit into surveys and connections to the Chernobyl disaster.

Dem Bones

 

Dem Bones

Ngā Kōiwi Tuahiwi

10 small skeletons, a large skeleton on a stand, lots of X-Rays and a rabbit skeleton can all be found in this box of treasures! Children will love discovering all the bones in their own body as they examine skeletons, and images of Zac with his ‘see-through body’. With a focus on form and function they will explore individual bones and compare/contrast them with other species. Covers the living world strand with strong links to literacy and a great context for awesome writing activities. Optional extension ideas include researching animals with exoskeletons and exploring joints.

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Electric Future

Anamata Hiko

Bright sparks will have fun exploring electricity, moving from making simple circuits using playdough, battery packs and LED bulbs for L1 students, to making working torches and measuring brightness for L4. Students see how a solar powered car works and make a battery from salty water. Finally, they build their own anemometer to investigate the windiest place on the school grounds. The activities are sequential, each building on preceding learning, to build an understanding of electrical currents, conductivity, circuits, resistance and insulation. Curriculum strands: Physical World, Nature of Science. Curriculum links to numeracy and literacy.

 
Enlighten Me

Enlighten Me

Whakamāramahia Ahau

Five activities that explore everyday examples of phenomena surrounding light. Experiments using mirrors, lasers, prisms and the colour wheel demonstrate refraction, reflection, diffraction, and the nature of the colour spectrum. Students play with light, creating rainbows with prisms, making periscopes, and using lasers to discover how light can be bent. Student will develop collaborative skills and the use of scientific language to explain this aspect of the natural world. Strands covered are the physical world and the nature of science.

Fireworks

Fireworks

Pahūahi

From ‘fireworks’ in a test tube to changing the colour of a candle flame, children will love the exciting activities in this materials world box. There are many opportunities to predict, observe and explain natural phenomena, especially in the context of fire. What is the fire triangle? What are the different zones in a candle flame and what is happening in each zone? What creates the colours in fireworks? All these questions are explored in a safe but engaging way. This kit is a great springboard for creative writing and art.

Float boat

Float My Boat

Te Whakamānu i Taku Poti

Will it float? Why does it sink? What is “flinking”? By experimenting with a variety of objects, recording their observations and making predictions, students will find the answers to these questions. Concepts of buoyancy, density and displacement are also introduced. Students can calculate the density of solids and compare the density of liquids, as well as exploring the relationship between volume, mass and density.

Food science

Food Science

Material World and Nature of Science, Numeracy

  • Chromatography
  • Taste tests
  • Vitamin C tests
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Fossil Fuels

Ngā Koranehe

What is energy and where does it come from? What is fuel? Where does the energy in fossil fuels come from? Students explore these questions through a series of activities involving careful examination of several fuel samples, hands-on fossil fuel chemistry and creating a model to visualise the formation of crude oil. The impact of oil spills on the environment is also introduced. Students evaluate the effectiveness of a selection of materials and techniques used to contain and clean up oil spills and land and in the water.

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Invasion Busters

Ngā Kaiārai Kaiurutomo

How do scientists prepare for, manage and minimise the risk of invasive species? New Zealand has a large variety of unique plants and animals and we need to protect them. This kit introduces students to some key biosecurity concepts in an engaging hands-on way. They sort and identify a selection of seed samples, observe a variety of stink bugs, make traps to catch insects and model insect population growth. The kit culminates in the invasion busters board game where groups play a collaborative game that simulates New Zealand’s biosecurity system.

light me up

Light Me Up

Physical World and Nature of Science, Literacy

  • Electricity
  • Circuits
  • Fair testing
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M-Bots

 

An easy-to-run robot for kids to get hands-on experience about graphical programming, electronics and robotics. A great tool to motivate kids to learn math, science, and technology integrated with engineering. (Kit comes with 10 M-Bots and 10 Lenova tablets)

Magnetic madness

Magnetic Madness

Autō Pōrangi

Do opposites attract? Students experiment to explore the properties of magnets, magnetic fields, how compasses work, and the phenomenon of magnetism. Students discover magnetic poles and how magnetism can be used to manipulate metal items. They discover that different materials respond differently to magnets, and temporary magnetism is demonstrated. Students make a compass, and as an extension, discuss cardinal and ordinal points. Using compasses as magnetic field detection devices, the magnetic lines of force around a bar magnet are mapped.  Curriculum strands: Physical and Material Worlds, and The Nature of Science. Activities appropriate from levels 1-5. Curriculum links to Maths.

Force

May The Force be with you

 

No less than six activities here, with a focus on force, friction, mass and weight. Students will explore everyday examples of forces using pulling, balancing and friction activities. The older children can explore the effects of friction, mass, gravity and weight on the motion of a toy car as it moves down a ramp. Lots of links to numeracy, especially measurement of force, time and distance. Gravity is also explored with extension links to earth and space science.

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Micro-exploration

Tūhura-Meroiti

Ten digital microscopes – hook them up to your laptops or desktop computers (windows or Mac is fine) via the USB link and explore the world at 50 or 200 times magnification. The scopes are illuminated by LED lights and can capture images for use in projects. A great collaborative way to use a microscope. Safe to use outdoors as well. (Do not work with i-Pads sorry).

Mystery

Mystery Box

Pouaka Muna

This is the first of our resources specifically aimed at the Nature of Science – how scientists look at the world. Four activities that help students think like a scientist – ask good questions, distinguish between an observation and an inference. Some common science myths are dispelled and the science inquiry process is introduced. Inquiry can lead to investigations: good investigation is a fair test with repeat trials and accurate record keeping, usually involving a range of numeracy skills. Lots of links to literacy.

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Nano Chem

Nano-Matū

Nanotechnology is the application of chemistry and physics at a very small scale. This box explores material science and introduces students to nanotech. NZ’s leading scientists from the MacDiarmid institute have joined forces with the HoS resource developers to bring you this exciting box. From polymerisation to crystallisation, hydrophobic surfaces to glow in the dark ‘worms’, this box will enthral and engage students of all ages. Properties of materials are not always predictable and the reactions in the beaker will generate lots of ooohs and aaahs from your young scientists.

 N.R.G.

N.R.G.

Te Pūngao

Hot stuff! The energy of heat is explored using a variety of activities. Students predict, observe and explain temperature increases and how that related to a variety of difference colours. We then move onto insulating properties of different fabrics, again involving lots of measurement. The final activity uses UV sensitive plastic beads to observe and measure the effect UV light has and how sun screens can block UV energy. Best used on a sunny day, with lots of numeracy links.

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Plants, Petals and Pollination

Ngā Tipu Ngā Raupua me te Ruingahae

This box is bursting with equipment that helps students ‘see’ the structure of plants and flowers. Activities include germinating two varieties of bean seeds, linking plants to food through a simple matching activity and playing the ‘pollination game’. A digital microscope allows students to see parts of a plant that are very small but crucial in its survival. Numeracy and literacy links are very clear and this is understandably a very popular box with kids of all ages.

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Rockets

Ngā Tākirirangi!

3-2-1 … we have lift-off! This box is full of exciting activities from stomp rockets using compressed air and ‘foot power’ through to chemical reactions in a ‘pocket rocket’ that packs quite a punch! (Safety glasses included). Balanced and unbalanced forces are introduced, conservation of energy is demonstrated in a simple but very effective ‘reaction rocket’ and there are lots of opportunities for numeracy links.

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 Rock my world

Rock My World

Kia toka tōku ao

Earth Science Rocks! There are four interactive activities in this box that all help students explore and describe natural features. Modelling the earth’s layers using plasticine, completing a tectonic plate puzzle and a liquefaction activity all help to clarify the implications of living on a tectonic plate boundary. Making a fossil to is also a hit with students and helps them visualise the age of the earth.

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Stream Study

Te wai o te awa

How healthy is your stream? Many schools have a body of water nearby and this kit provides all the equipment needed to test water quality. From pH, turbidity, nitrate and flow, to invertebrate (insect) guides and their use as ecological indicators of environmental health.

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 Super Sense

Super Sense

Nongo Nui

Jelly beans and smelly pots? Yes, it’s all here in a box that explores our senses. Students use their sense of smell to identify pairs of identical scents, and try to identify what the scents are. Links between smell and our long term memory are discussed. In the ‘taste tests’ students are blindfolded and asked to identify one of four flavours of jelly bean. This is harder than it sounds! Optical illusions look at the tricks our mind will play on what we think we see and lastly there is an experiment that measures the distance between touch receptors in our skin. Lots of real life contexts as well as practical numeracy activities.

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 Sweet Sour kit

Sweet & Sour

Te Reka me te Kawa

Acid and base chemistry in the context of foods that students will be familiar with. Test tubes, indicators, colour change and fizzing will have your students engaged from go to whoa. The littlies make sherbet and experience chemical reactions in their mouth. Slightly older students can observe pH paper change colour with the variety of chemicals in their student kits. Staying with the indicator theme they can make their own colour changing liquid using the red cabbage. Neutralisation is explored using baking soda and vinegar.

 Sea

The Sea and Me

Te Moana me Ahau

Mussels anyone? Four interactive activities with a marine theme. Students classify shells using beautiful rocky and sandy shore guides, they explore how a shell fish ‘eats’. Students predict, observe and explain filtration and compare and contrast a variety of shellfish. Litmus paper is used to test water sample’s acidity and links are made to specific species’ adaptations. The learning outcomes from this whole unit are revised using a snakes and ladder game.

 Up

Up, Up and Away

Whakarewa Ake, Ki Runga Rawa

Fly, float or fall? The definition of flight is explored – and beware, this is harder than it sounds! Students discuss which objects fly and how. Paper planes are of course a must, but we introduce fair testing for the young ones – who can make the best plane? How do we define ‘best’? How can we measure that? Students also make a variety of ‘wings’ and test the best shape for creating lift. Finally there is a technology challenge for the older students – can they make their pig fly? Great open-ended inquiry learning here.

Bumble bees

What's the Buzz

He Aha Tērā Huhū?

Bumble bees like you’ve never seen them before! Examine preserved bumblebees focusing on the structure and function of their body parts. Learn about the interesting life-cycle of the bumblebee, their preferred habitat and compare and contrast the differences between bumblebees and honeybees. By exploring how we see colour students investigate how flowers have evolved to attract bumblebees and other pollinators. Children will observe and discuss the relationship between sound and vibration; this will allow them to create a model that demonstrates “buzz pollination”, which is a unique characteristic of bumblebees that enables them to be extremely efficient pollinators. And finally the children will have the opportunity to construct their own bumblebee nest.

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Whodidit

O Wai te Tangata Hara?

Forensic Science II. Building on the success of the ‘Who Dunnit?’ kit, ESR have partnered with House of Science to bring you this exciting addition to the resource library. Activities include aerosols; ‘blood’ splatter; trace evidence and casting footprints. There is a Set of crime scene scenarios for students to solve using their new sleuthing skills.

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Whodunnit

Nā Wai i Mahi?

Forensic Science I. Forensics is hugely popular and so is this kit! Students learn four different forensic techniques: finger printing, hand writing analysis, fibre identification and white powder tests. Once these techniques are mastered they can solve a crime using suspects’ police information and evidence collected from the crime scene for one of four crimes.

Wonderful Wai

Wonderful Wai

He Wai Whakamīharo

Water, water everywhere! Five activities that thoroughly explore water as a solid, a liquid and a gas. Make ice balls using balloons and watch the children explore the effect of heat, salt and time on the melting process. Students explore surface tension of water droplets, a unique property of water and essential for so many life processes. Evaporation is explored using puddles and mirrors, and students make a model water cycle in a plastic bag. The last activity links social science as students explore freshwater allocation uses and discuss possible effects on natural ecology as a direct result of human interaction.

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