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Primary marine education programme

richardandpenguinOur primary programmes are designed to excite and captivate young minds, and bring them in touch with the marine world. The programmes align with NZ curriculum standards.

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Please note that the rates shown are for NZ schools only and do not include GST. We are happy to adapt any of these programmes for other interested groups.

Download brief details of all our primary programmes (PDF file, 176 KB)

Creature Features – Levels 1-3

There's a mystery animal to be found! Investigate how scientists classify common marine animals into mollusc, echinoderm and crustacean family groups. Have a go at doing it yourself. To which family does the mystery animal belong? 1.5 - 2 hrs. $5 per student (GST excl.)
Download full information about the Creature Features programme (PDF file, 111 KB)

Seashore Scramble (Marine Metre Squared)
– Levels 1-4

Uncover the secrets on the seashore by peeking under rocks and in tide pools. Find the crabs, snails, seaweed, and other animals that live on the shore. Investigate and understand why marine animals live where they do.  Use shore survey techniques and equipment to survey a 1x1 metre patch of the shore at low tide. Identify and count the animals and plants you find, record them on a data sheet that can be uploaded to our website. Compare your data with other surveys around New Zealand. 2 hrs. Tide dependent. $5 per student (GST excl.)
Download full information about the Seashore Scramble (Marine Metre Squared) programme (PDF file, 111 KB)

Science in the Sea – Levels 2-4

What does a marine scientist do? How do scientists study the sea? Touch and explore the wall of Taonga Moana, learn what research happens at the University of Otago Department of Marine Science, locate the research vessel RV Polaris II, use tools the scientist have to study the ocean, run a guided experiment. Uses video clips, iPads, microscopes, models, live creatures. 2 hrs. $5 per student (GST excl.)
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Supper in the Sea – Levels 2-4

Marine food webs - the who eats who in the ocean. Discover how local sea creatures are adapted to catch their food, avoid predators and stay alive. Explore issues regarding sustainability and human impact on the oceans. Uses microscopes and live animals. 2 hrs. $5 per student or $7 with dissection (GST excl.)
Download full information about the Supper in the Sea programme (PDF file, 110 KB)

Māori Fishing Technology – Levels 3-4

Investigate the relationship between Tangaroa and Tane and discover connections between kaimoana species and traditional collection methods. Make a poha and find where raw materials come from to make tools to collect food. 2 hrs. $5 per student (GST excl.)
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Suckers and Tentacles – Levels 3-5

What has suckers or tentacles? Investigate the mollusc world and then focus in on cephalopods - octopus and squid. Investigate questions using preserved and live specimens. Dissect a squid to understand its amazing adaptations. Consider some difficult issues around sustainably fishing for squid. 2 hrs. $7 per student - price includes $2 for dissection (GST excl.)
Download full information about the Suckers and Tentacles programme (PDF file, 110 KB)

Sea Lions – Welcoming Back a Native Treasure
– Levels 3-5

Investigate the history, biology, research techniques and conservation issues around NZ Hooker Sea Lions. How easy is it to study these marine mammals? How should humans behave around them? Use preserved specimens, sounds and DVD footage to experience these creatures. 2 hrs. $5 per student (GST excl.)
Download full information about the Sea Lions - Welcoming Back a Native Treasure programme (PDF file, 112 KB)

Marine Kiwiana – Made in New Zealand
– Levels 3-5

What does it mean to be a 'New Zealander'? Trace distinctive native species from their place in the sea to their inclusion in NZ products that make them distinctively 'Kiwi'. Learn how they inspire our art and culture and make a poha out of bull kelp. 2 hrs. $5 per student (GST excl.)
Download full information about the Marine Kiwiana - Made in New Zealand programme (PDF file, 111 KB)

Deep Sea Denizens – Levels 3-5

What is the Deep Sea like? What animals live there and how do they survive? Investigate the challenges facing Deep Sea biologists as they try to understand the deep. Look at preserved Deep Sea specimens and take a virtual dive in our Yellow Submarine. 2 hrs. $5 per student (GST excl.)
Download full information about the Deep Sea Denizens programme (PDF file, 111 KB).

Contact

For primary education enquiries and bookings:
Shelley Dixon
Tel 64 3 479 5843
Email shelley.dixon@otago.ac.nz