Primary Science Week 2014

Primary Science Week 2014

Shadow Stick National Investigation 2014

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1.National Investigation!
Our Hypothesis-
Shadows at Midday will be longer the farther south you are. WHY?  
Where ever you are in New Zealand! (or the World)
On May 21, 22, 23, 2014 if sunny

  1. Place a pole in the ground, straight up and down.
  2. The length of the pole should be 1 meter from the ground to the top of the pole
  3. At noon, 12 p.m. (use a cell-phone to synchronize the time) measure the shadow and record the length.
  4. Complete Google Doc to enter data nationally (form below)
  5. Results will be collated, graphed, and returned to you
  6. Thanks

On-Line Astronomy Activities

Out of this World Online Resources

Supporting 2014 Primary Science Week

Science Learning Hub

Context – Space Revealed

Context – Satellites

Context – Rockets

Te Papa

Matariki Resource

Night Sky:

Astronomy –First astronomers

Maramataka – the lunar calendar

Southern skies

Earth’s near neighbours

Southern stars

Seasonal stars


First astronomers (Maori and James Cook)

Lunar months

Nights of the month

Planting and fishing

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.


Watch this Space

The Night Sky

The Origin of the Moon

Hamilton Astronomical Society

Hamilton Zoo


Scale of the Universe

Scale of the Solar System


Phases of the Moon & many, many more.


Phases of the Moon Demonstration