The Science Learning Hub is developed by educators and teachers in collaboration with New Zealand scientists to provide resources for teachers of students up to year 10. It is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and managed by the University of Waikato.
Last year, the Ministry of Education introduced the science capabilities. Simply put, the capabilities bring together aspects of the science curriculum rather than add a new layer of responsibility.
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In this activity, students investigate microbial presence in soil by building a habitat suitable for their growth. The mud column that they build is called a Winogradsky column.
By the end of this activity students should be able to demonstrate that soil is home to many microorganisms and explain that microbes grow in response to a range of needs.