Science Outreach

Science Outreach


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.

Antarctica resources


Classroom resources devised by Donald Reid in collaboration with with UC Gateway Antarctica

Quick links

Phone: +64 3 364 2178 Mobile: +64 27 450 3903 Email:

Science Outreach, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140

News and Events

Geography teachers
' survey on resources is here

Star Quest and StarParty for selected Year 10 students
Students in Year 10 of schools in deciles 1-6 are invited to apply for one of 24 places on a free Star Quest day where students get to make their own high-quality telescope to keep. More...

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. An abstract and booking information is here (Word 754kB)

Particle Physics Unravelled
This half-day workshop for physics teachers took place on 18 July. Resources from the day are here.

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, more...

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, more...

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 here. Each curriculum level has its own teaching unit, and the fantastic flash animation "Explore Rangatira Island" will appeal to all age groups.

Recordings from Year of Chemistry Events
On Decembers 1st we were treated to an "Evening of Chemistry" to round off the International Year of Chemistry. Radio New Zealand recorded both sections of the evening and the recordings are available here.

An Illustrated Chemistry of Fireworks - with live demonstrations, a public lecture for the International Year of Chemistry, was held on Tuesday 23 August.
A spectacular evening for the audience, the event was filmed and will soon be available on YouTube. Meanwhile see the photos.

Kim Hill- A big discussion about small things
This lively discussion between a panel of experts took place on February 16th 2011. Video clips of this are now available on YouTube.

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

Nanotechnology kit
We have put together a new resource for Year 9 to 10 students that contains range of activities showcasing smart materials and nanotechnology. This kit has enough materials for a class of 30 students and is available for loan to local schools at no charge. More details..........

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.