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NZ Science Learning Hub & NZ Biotechnology Learning Hub

Directors: Alister Jones, Bronwen Cowie, & Catherine Buntting
Learning Hubs team: Andrea Soanes, Barbara Ryan, & Mira Peter

Project Dates: 2005 - ongoing

nz learning hubs

Science Learning Hub

Biotechnology Learning Hub

The Learning Hubs are a national project funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and managed by the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research at the University of Waikato.

The Science Learning Hub promotes student interest and engagement in science by providing contemporary, contextualised resources for school teachers of students in Years 2–10. It demonstrates the relevance of scientific research to our everyday lives. The Science Learning Hub was launched in 2007.

The New Zealand Biotechnology Learning Hub provides research-informed teaching resources for primary and secondary schools (Years 3-13). The Biotechnology Learning Hub was launched in 2005.

The Science Learning Hub and the Biotechnology Learning Hub showcase science and biotechnology using multimedia. The websites provide a link between science research organisations and the biotechnology sector and teachers of science and technology.

The University of Waikato collaborates with a variety of other organisations on this project including:

Learning Media Ltd.
Royal Society of New Zealand
Faculty of Education, University of Auckland
UC Education Plus, The University of Canterbury
Education Support Services, University of Otago
Accent Learning School Support, Victoria University of Wellington
Institute of Professional Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato
Centre for Educational Development, Massey University
Cognition Education, Auckland

The resources are also developed in collaboration with the science and biotechnology communities. This includes researchers in Crown Research Institutes, the tertiary sector, and other research associations and organisations in New Zealand who are featured on the Biotechnology and Science learning Hubs. The University of Waikato is grateful to them for their support.


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