Saturday, January 30, 2016

Knitted Creations for your Early Childhood Centre

Knitted sausages, sushi and sandwiches? Yup! We met Judy and Billie last year by chance at a craft market in the Hawke's Bay and immediately fell in love with their knitted creations. Unfortunately it's just taken us a while to tell all of you about it! 

Here's photos of a leaflet I picked up at the time ... the prices may have changed since last year. I called Judy just the other day and she says she is happy to post to you! 

Please get in touch with Judy on w.e.beale@clear.net.nz to find out more.








Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Science In A Van is on tour in Term One, 2016!

It's official - Science In A Van is going on tour!  Our Term One, 2016 tour will take us all the way from Auckland to Christchurch and back, with stops in Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Picton, Blenheim and Kaikoura.

We've had a great response so far for Term 1 2016 with all these schools already booked in!

Rotokauri School - Hamilton, Laingholm Primary, Taupo Primary, Hinemoa Kindergarten - Taupo, Marsden Preschool - Wellington, Papakowhai School, Ss Peter & Paul School - Lower Hutt, Kaikoura Primary School, St Joseph's - Kaikoura, Northcote School - Christchurch, St Joseph's Primary - Papanui, Burnside Primary - Christchurch, Rangiora Borough School, Rangiora Nursery, Redcliffs School – Christchurch, Lincoln University Childcare and Preschool, Titahi Bay School, Wellesley College, Hilltop Primary - Taupo, Newmarket Primary, Elm Park School - Auckland, Rosehill Intermediate - Auckland, Anchorage Park - Auckland  

Get in quick to secure your preferred date!

If you'd like Science In A Van to visit your school, check our available dates below and go to our tour booking form to reserve your very own science show!  We're looking forward to seeing everyone in 2016!

Only Shows Left on our Big Tour Term 1 Tour 2016!

10-12 February: Shows available for Auckland or Hamilton schools
17 February: Two shows available for Auckland schools
24 February: One show for Wellington schools at 9.30am
25 February: One show for Lower Hutt/Porirua/Tawa schools at 1.30pm
29 February - 1 March: Shows available for Picton/Marlborough schools & ECEs
3-4 March: Shows available for Kaikoura and North Canterbury schools & ECEs
7 March: One show available for Christchurch schools at 9.30am
29 March - 15 April: Shows available for Auckland schools

Check out this fabulous video that Discovery School in Lower Hutt made when we visited them on our last national tour!



Learn how Science in a Van can enhance your science programme with their live, interactive and engaging science shows! Go to www.scienceinavan.co.nz.

Friday, May 8, 2015

National Primary Science Week 2015 : UV Beads

Today we look at UV beads and UV light.
You can purchase UV beads here.



We have five easy peasy ideas to get you through! Each morning of Science Week (starting on the 4th May 2015) we'll be posting a short video. Each video will give you and your students an idea of how they can play with light and learn more about how light works.

What you'll need:

Friday - UV beads

Find out more here ... 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Primary Science Week 2015 : UV Light

Today we look at how some sunglasses can protect you from UV light.





We have five easy peasy ideas to get you through! Each morning of Science Week (starting on the 4th May 2015) we'll be posting a short video. Each video will give you and your students an idea of how they can play with light and learn more about how light works.


Find out more here ... 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

National Primary Science Week 2015 : Camera Obscura

Today we talk you through making a camera obscura.
All you need is a magnifying glass.



Opps ... we made a bit of a slip on this last video! To find out more about refraction and reflection from the Science Learning Hub :)

We have five easy peasy ideas to get you through! Each morning of Science Week (starting on the 4th May 2015) we'll be posting a short video. Each video will give you and your students an idea of how they can play with light and learn more about how light works.


Find out more here ... 
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday: National Primary Science Week 2015 - Shadows

Today we are making shadows!
All you need is a strong light source and your hands.




We have five easy peasy ideas to get you through! Each morning of Science Week (starting on the 4th May 2015) we'll be posting a short video. Each video will give you and your students an idea of how they can play with light and learn more about how light works.

Find out more here ... 
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday - National Primary Science Week 2015 : Making Rainbows

It's the first day of National Primary Science Week 2015. 
Today all you'll need is stuff to make bubbles!





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Friday, May 1, 2015

National Primary Science Week 2015

The theme for Science Week 2015 is LIGHT.



We have five easy peasy ideas to get you through! Each morning of Science Week (starting on the 4th May 2015) we'll be posting a short video. Each video will give you and your students an idea of how they can play with light and learn more about how light works.

Why not gather up the resources you need over the weekend?



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Friday, March 20, 2015

Ramarama School Students Get Fired Up!

We had such a great time at Ramarama School the other week and we were super impressed that Tui Takahe sent us letters to say thank you!

So, we made a video to thank them back :)


If you've ever had Science in a Van in your school and your students would like to write to us to tell us about the science they've been doing or to thank us for our science shows - please send any letters to PO Box 86039, Mangere East, Auckland 2158. Then we'll make a video for them too!



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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bricks and Mortar

Alan's Dad - taken sometime in the 1950s
Alan's Dad was a carpenter and brick layer. He has found memories of his Dad telling stories of his time working on big building sites in the East End of London. Alan got his appreciation of the complexities of brick laying helping his Dad build brick walls. We don't have a picture of his Dad with a trowel in hand - but we did find this pic ... framed by a wall in the Flemish Bond style. 

Why are we talking bricks???  

Well, when Science in a Van was in the UK recently we visited a neat place - the Avoncroft Museum. You might image a museum collecting bits of machinery or animal specimens ...  this museum collects ... BUILDINGS! It's a big place. In their collection they have a chain shop, windmill, prison block and they even house the National Telephone Kiosk Collection.

Alan loved the section which was all things brick. In England from the mid 19th century it wasn't just houses that were made out of bricks. Schools, government buildings, giant factories and even the tunnels for the London underground were brick built. 

Alan remembers that laying a brick flat, square and evenly spaced was important and at Avoncroft they showed a selection of patterns that could be achieved using standard size bricks.

In the top image the bricks are laid in a style called Flemish Bond. In the middle we have a example of Stretcher Bond then at the bottom is English Bond.

Which of these brick layouts is the strongest? Maybe you could take some lego and test it out?

Next time you are near a brick building ... maybe you could look a little closer? Remember each of those 215X102.5X65mm 2-3KG lumps of fired clay have been laid by the hand of a brick layer just like Alan's Dad.

Alan reckons he has married into the right family as Emily's Uncle is a bit of a brick too! Making tents, caravans and even a brick boat

We hope you've enjoyed this brick episode ... what next? 












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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#scichatnz Connecting with Science Educators (while wearing your PJs)

Science in a Van is still getting to grips with twitter but there is one thing we really love about it... it's super easy to connect with other educators and share ideas.

#scichatnz is one of the best examples. Every second Thursday during term time a bunch of early childhood, primary and secondary science teachers, researchers and providers log on to twitter and have a conversation. It lasts about an hour and it's pretty fast paced! This last week the topic was 'Sharing Best Practice'. You can see how the conversation went ...




If you don't have a twitter account - Core Education have an easy guide to help you through the process here. When you are all signed up - make sure you connect with us! You wouldn't want to miss out on little gems like this ... would you? :)



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Friday, January 9, 2015

Mystery Objects 2015

Here's the first mystery object of 2015. Have a guess at what it is in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

We'll pick a winner and there will be prizes .... oooooohhhhh aaaaahhh :) If no one is close we might be nice and help you out with a few clues ....

So first up is this little trailer. What do you think it was used for?

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oddities on the Road

Science in a Van see many odd and interesting things as we travel the country visiting schools and early childhood centres. Sometimes we don't get chance to get a pic ... if we stopped at every cool thing, we'd never get to where we are headed ... but .. we try to stop as often as we can.

However this montage shows a selection of things we saw on the South Island. So from Cowboy head teacher to a man sleeping in his car after his local rugby team won the finale - you can see we've had a great tour!

Also below is a clue to were Science in a Van get there energy from for them to deliver there high energy science shows.

We are out and about A LOT! Find out when science in a van is near you.




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Friday, October 10, 2014

Kiwi Ingenuity - Stream Line Design

Science in a Van see some fantastic bits of Kiwi ingenuity while out and about on the road.



This trailer is a fine example. If they built it like a box .. the effect of air resistance would be a issue. But thanks to this curved design the effect of air resistance is less. This shape means that they will pay less for fuel! If you have any examples of great Kiwi ingenuity please share images with us.




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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trash Talk

Science in a Van just feel that every time they buy something we are just adding to many of the global problems of production and consuming. The amount of energy to get raw materials, the energy to process that material, energy to transport it ... the list just grows ... we feel our carbon footprint is growing by the second!


So we love it when we come across a great alternative like we did when touring Christchurch. Creative Junk is a warehouse of treasures. Its got lots of things from industry as well as large selection of clean house hold waste items.

As well as being eco-friendly - it also gets your creative juices going! In places like this it is easily to see how you can find alternatives to buying something new. Alan was doing a experiment with a bike wheel and he needed a axle. After some creative thinking he found knitting needle that was just the right size. Problem solved!






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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Science Toy Maker - an amazing website!

Just like everyone else ... we spend way too much time on the internet ... but sometimes it pays off!

Science Toy Maker is fantastic. It has a great range of easy to do experiments. Ranging from experiments that just need a piece of paper to those that are more involved engineering challenges. But they are all do-able! Specially if you have lots of stuff lying around at home, in the shed or at school. It's not a flash site by any means but it is chocka=block! This is how they describe their site ... 

'You have found the site for people who like to roll up their sleeves and make science toys and projects. You won't find slick, well-designed web pages here--more like the digital equivalent of a messy workshop. If you poke around, though, you'll find good stuff. Science toy maker is a resource for inspired kids, parents, teachers, teenagers, home schoolers, science fair participants and citizen scientists everywhere. '

Emily and Alan from Science in a Van are pretty keen to try out some of their ideas. We'll be posting up our attempts here. If you try any yourself, please let us know and send us a photo or a link to your blog in the comment box below.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mystery Object.


Can you guess what household object is in this photograph? 

If you know what it is, post a photo of you using one. 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There's Gold in them Sheds!

Science in a Van would like to acknowledge the great work that school caretakers do. At the majority of schools we visit, caretakers are our 'go-to' people. They are also very understanding when we ask for slippery when wet signs and explain that their floors will be 'super' clean after our Wonderful World of Bubbles Show! They are also keen to lend us a ladder when we need to adjust our guidance system for Space Chick Steve in our Move It Show. They usually get our sense of humour and are always up for a laugh and a joke.

So their honour lets have some fun with this photo. Alan took it in the caretaker's shed at Hastings Intermediate. It's a bit of a treasure hunt! Can you or your learners use facebook, twitter or the comments below to post your answers???

  1. What item of clothing is the fire extinguisher wearing?
  2. How many gloves can you see?
  3. Can you cut and paste a link to where we could by a can of the multi-purpose spray adhesive that you can see in this image?
Good luck!



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

One Person's Junk is Another's Person Gold

As much as we celebrate all thing great in science and the development of science there are a few issues. Sometimes it feels impossible for us as individuals to do much about some of the big issues. But in this blog we look at one problem and a few ways we can make a BIG difference.

As humans we use a lot of resources from clothing to furnishings, mobile phones to large plasma screens, fast food and supper market food. Don't forget all the materials used to package, transport and store all these things too. It is frightening how much of this stuff we throw away when it is in good condition or could be re-purposed.

Science in a Van was in Kaikoura recently and we had lots of fun visiting their Innovative Waste Project. This project aims, by recycling, reusing and reducing, to have zero waste by 2015. That means nothing going to landfill! This 'dump' even has a second hand shop. So much great stuff!





Here are a few things we try to do at Science in Van to reduce our waste...

  1. To recycle or compost as much of our rubbish as we can and to give our old stuff to second hand shops.
  2. Buy as much stuff second hand as possible.
  3. Think before we buy. Do we really need it? Are there more environmentally friendly options out there?

To find out more about recycling in your area we suggest to go to your local council web page first and for local second hand shop you cant go wrong with Family Stores!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Kiwi Ingenuity

This photo was taken in the caretaker's shed at Hasting Intermediate. It is a true celebration of Kiwi ingenuity.

Have you ever used this simple yet yet effective solution of fixing the caps of containers to the underneath of a shelf?  If so please share photos your photos with us!












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