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    It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

    by Bronwen Wall

    This article describes an environmental decision that had terrible consequences. In the late 1800s, ferrets, stoats, and weasels were introduced into New Zealand to get rid of rabbits. However, these mustelids caused unforeseen destruction. They didn’t eat only rabbits – they discovered that New Zealand’s native animals and birds were very easy prey.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Publication date: January 2011

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    Protecting the Border

    by Paul Neveldsen

    This article describes the systems and technologies that have been developed to prevent unwanted pests, diseases, and goods coming into New Zealand and to prevent precious taonga such as native species being smuggled out of the country.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Technological knowledge, Nature of technology

    In: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Publication date: January 2011

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    What is Biosecurity

    by Andrew and Anna Dickson

    This article introduces the concept of biosecurity and explains how, as a group of isolated islands, New Zealand developed a unique range of ecosystems. The arrival of plants or animals from other countries could be disastrous for our environment. Therefore, our borders are constantly monitored by biosecurity agencies to protect our environment, agriculture, and our health.

    Series: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, Nature of science, Living world

    In: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

    Publication date: January 2011

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  • Recycled bottle stacks.

    Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: engage with science.
    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Sensing Data

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by Trish Puharich

    Air pollution is a problem in many cities, including Christchurch. After the 2011 earthquake, a team of researchers used technology and big data to help make Christchurch a healthier, smarter city to live in.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Turning Old into New

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by Naomi Arnold

    Shoes made from chewing gum? Jackets made from drink bottles? Go beyond the recycling bins and find out how everyday objects and materials can be broken down and made into something new.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world, Technological knowledge

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Kauri Dieback

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by André Ngāpō

    The future of our kauri forests is at risk from a disease called kauri dieback. Combating the spread of this threat requires expertise from both Western science and mātauranga Māori and calls on everyone to get involved.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

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    Global Action

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by Phillip Simpson

    This detailed article looks at the science and politics of climate change. It examines what global warming is, explores how scientists use computer modelling to predict the impact of climate change, and explains how scientific innovations in New Zealand could help reduce our agricultural emissions.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Sensing data cover image.

    Sensing Data

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by Trish Puharich

    Air pollution is a problem in many cities, including Christchurch. After the 2011 earthquake, a team of researchers used technology and big data to help make Christchurch a healthier, smarter city to live in.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Turning old into new cover image.

    Turning Old into New

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by Naomi Arnold

    Shoes made from chewing gum? Jackets made from drink bottles? Go beyond the recycling bins and find out how everyday objects and materials can be broken down and made into something new.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Material world, Technological knowledge

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Kauri dieback cover image.

    Kauri Dieback

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by André Ngāpō

    The future of our kauri forests is at risk from a disease called kauri dieback. Combating the spread of this threat requires expertise from both Western science and mātauranga Māori and calls on everyone to get involved.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Global action cover image.

    Global Action

    Recycled plastic stack.

    by Phillip Simpson

    This detailed article looks at the science and politics of climate change. It examines what global warming is, explores how scientists use computer modelling to predict the impact of climate change, and explains how scientific innovations in New Zealand could help reduce our agricultural emissions.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 4 - Where to Next?

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Two scientists on ice.

    Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    The focus in this issue of Connected is on the Nature of Science strand of the curriculum and the science capability: engage with science.
    At times, Connected themes require the introduction of concepts that students at this curriculum level may not be able to fully understand. What matters at this stage is that students begin to develop understandings that they can grow over time.

    Series: Connected

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

    Look inside this issue

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    Testing the Waters

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Bronwen Wall

    How clean is the water in your river? Scientists are testing the health of the Maitai River. Find out what data they collect and what can be done to make our rivers cleaner and healthier for everyone.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Pet power cover image.

    Pet Power

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Renata Hopkins

    Humans and animals have a powerful bond. Some people think that this bond could have a positive effect on human health and behaviour. But what does the science say? Investigate the evidence for yourself.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Captured in ice cover image.

    Captured in Ice

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Veronika Meduna

    Nancy Bertler is a scientist who studies the ice. She’s been examining Antarctic ice cores to discover what Earth’s climate was like in the past – and how it might change in the future.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

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    Building for the future cover image.

    Building for the Future

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Adrienne Jansen

    The Samoan village of Sa’anapu is under threat from tsunamis, cyclones, and rising sea levels. To protect their village, the Council of Matai are working with an architect and scientist from New Zealand. Together, they’re drawing on cultural, scientific, and technological knowledge to build a safer future for Sa’anapu.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Planet Earth and beyond, Nature of technology

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text

  • Testing the waters cover image.

    Testing the Waters

    Two scientists on ice.

    by Bronwen Wall

    How clean is the water in your river? Scientists are testing the health of the Maitai River. Find out what data they collect and what can be done to make our rivers cleaner and healthier for everyone.

    Series: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

    Curriculum level: 3

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Statistics, Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Engage with science

    In: Connected 2017 Level 3 - Mahi Tahi

    Publication date: November 2017

    Order this text