Welcome to Science Outreach

The Outreach Programme was established at the University of Canterbury in 1999 to enhance science education in secondary schools and to encourage students to study more science.

Nanotechnology kit

Nanotechnology kit

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Rangatira Island blog

Rangatira Island blog

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Antarctica resources

Art Meets Science

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News and Events

Star Quest Astronomy Workshop

The second Star Quest workshop for Year 10 students ran on Saturday May 23rd 2015. Read more.

Riccarton High School team win Young Physicists' Tournament

Saturday March 7th saw seven Canterbury and Westland teams competing for the regional round of the IYPT. More details.

He Puna Pūtaiao programme for Year 10 Māori students

In Spring 2014 the second He Puna Pūtaiao programme for young Māori school students took place. Details.

Mini periodic tables available for NZ schools

Class sets of the mini-periodic tables produced for schools are available free-of-charge.

Spidery Adaptations

A talk by Dr Simon Pollard has been developed for senior school biology students. More details and booking information.

Castle Hill Basin field guide

The Geological Sciences department has worked with Outreach to provide a free, full colour field guide to the Castle Hill Basin area.

Rutherford DVD and resources

Science Outreach has provided the science department of every senior school in New Zealand with its own copy of the new DVD "Rutherford", and access to student and teacher resources suitable for Year 12 physics students.

Chatham Islands biology teacher resources

Extensive teacher resources, based on the research of UC scientists on Rangatira Island in the Chatham Islands are now available. Each curriculum level has its own teaching unit, and the fantastic flash animation "Explore Rangatira Island" will appeal to all age groups.

Canterbury Earthquake resources

Find resources and information on the Christchurch earthquakes, including the "Share an Idea" talk by Mark Quigley.

New 3-D presentations

Dr Kerry Swanson, in the Department of Geological Sciences, has pioneered a number of techniques using the scanning electron microscope which have allowed him to make unique, three-dimensional images of many different organisms, revealing a wealth of fascinating detail. Using these wonderful images, Dr Swanson has prepared a range of one-hour presentation suitable for a variety of audiences, including Years 11 and above, GATE students and adults.

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    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
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