Education Resources

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Preschool

Matariki Booklet

Download our free Matariki booklet for your class and learn all about this important star cluster.

Teacher resource

Sundials

Astronomy is a daytime activity too! Get your class making a Sun clock to learn more about Sundials, clocks and the movement of the Sun.

Secondary School

Solar Eclipses and Transits

Learn more about eclipses and transits and see if you can create one using a rugby field.

Astronomical Orbits

Get to know the orbital patterns in our night sky, learn how they can be observed by using the Moon and create a musical recreation of the planet’s orbits.

Gravity Assist

Learn about the space-exploration technique of gravity assistance and how this manoeuvre helps send spacecraft further into space.

Hunt for Another Earth

Discover the circumstance and qualities a planet needs to sustain life and design an alien world capable of doing so in the accompanying activity

Extra-Terrestrial Observatories

Learn how observatories and telescopes both big and small, extra-terrestrial and earth-bound work in this resource and have a go making your own.

Exoplanets

This resource explores exoplanets and methods used to detect them. The activity uses objects and light to teach students how astronomers use these methods.

Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft

Get to know the spacecraft, Cassini-Huygens, and learn about its discoveries from studying Saturn and its moons. Make your own Cassini with the accompanying activity.

Introduction to Dawn and Ceres

Explore the Dawn Spacecraft on a mission to research Ceres, the largest asteroid in our Solar System, and explore the differences between asteroids and dwarf planets.

Life on Earth

It is possible that life began on Earth soon after it cooled enough for liquid water to exist, but the earliest evidence of life came almost 1 billion years later. Find...

Hello Earth

This resource and poster looks at the formation and composition of Earth and the processes which enabled life to emerge on our planet.

Changing Constellations

This resource explains why we see different constellations during the year.

Stars Part 2 - Black Holes

In this resource, we’re revisiting the stars to learn more about black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs. 

Stars Part 1 - Nebulae

“We are made of star stuff” is the famous quote from Carl Sagan. It’s true! Find out why with this resource.

Two-sided Sundials

This resource explores measuring time and the cyclic movement of the Sun during the year.

Teacher resource

The Pleiades

The Pleiades (Matariki) is important for Kiwi kids. Take a closer look in this primary resource on the star cluster.

Primary/Intermediate

Solar Eclipses and Transits

Learn more about eclipses and transits and see if you can create one using a rugby field.

Ancient Asteroids

The Greek word asteroid means ‘star-like’ but it turns out that asteroids are nothing like stars at all!

Matariki Booklet

Download our free Matariki booklet for your class and learn all about this important star cluster.

Why Planets are Different

Our Solar System has eight planets which have environmental conditions very different from each other. Find out more in this resource.

Scale of the Solar System

This resource explores the vastness and scale of our Solar System. Shrink down the planet’s astronomical units and discover how big space really is!

Astronomical Orbits

Get to know the orbital patterns in our night sky, learn how they can be observed by using the Moon and create a musical recreation of the planet’s orbits.

Rising and Setting Sun

Explore the movements of the Sun and where it appears above the horizon each day. Observe the shadows it creates in the outdoor activity for further learning.

Dark Side of the Moon

Learn why we see varying shapes of the Moon each night and explore its phases and faces in the accompanying activity.

Lunar Eclipse

Learn about lunar eclipses, get familiar with the terminology on what happens during an eclipse and discover why the Moon sometimes turns blood-red in this resource!

Daytime Moon

Unearth the reason behind why we can see the Moon during the day and learn about the waxing and waning phases of the Moon.

Gravity Assist

Learn about the space-exploration technique of gravity assistance and how this manoeuvre helps send spacecraft further into space.

Hunt for Another Earth

Discover the circumstance and qualities a planet needs to sustain life and design an alien world capable of doing so in the accompanying activity

Extra-Terrestrial Observatories

Learn how observatories and telescopes both big and small, extra-terrestrial and earth-bound work in this resource and have a go making your own.

Exoplanets

This resource explores exoplanets and methods used to detect them. The activity uses objects and light to teach students how astronomers use these methods.

Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft

Get to know the spacecraft, Cassini-Huygens, and learn about its discoveries from studying Saturn and its moons. Make your own Cassini with the accompanying activity.

Pluto Rediscovered

Use this resource and activity to learn about Pluto and its moon, Charon. Inspect detailed images of the space objects to interpret what the images contain.

Introduction to Dawn and Ceres

Explore the Dawn Spacecraft on a mission to research Ceres, the largest asteroid in our Solar System, and explore the differences between asteroids and dwarf planets.

Life on Earth

It is possible that life began on Earth soon after it cooled enough for liquid water to exist, but the earliest evidence of life came almost 1 billion years later. Find...

Hello Earth

This resource and poster looks at the formation and composition of Earth and the processes which enabled life to emerge on our planet.

Changing Constellations

This resource explains why we see different constellations during the year.

Two-sided Sundials

This resource explores measuring time and the cyclic movement of the Sun during the year.

Meteor Showers

What are you seeing when a meteor flashes across the sky? Learn more in this primary resource

Comet

Often called “dirty snowballs” comets are small Solar System bodies orbiting the Sun. Find out more in this primary resource.

Teacher resource

The Pleiades

The Pleiades (Matariki) is important for Kiwi kids. Take a closer look in this primary resource on the star cluster.

Teacher resource

Sundials

Astronomy is a daytime activity too! Get your class making a Sun clock to learn more about Sundials, clocks and the movement of the Sun.