NEW ZEALAND TARANAKI

Technical Equipment / Protocols

Build your own home amateur laboratory...or build low cost science equipment for schools.
Teachers will be interested in the equipment suggested by the Ministry of Education in the Science Toolbox and our list of  New Zealand equipment supppliers (jump to this section).
 
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Genetics / Biochemistry

Isolation of Human DNA. M. FENTON AND C.D. FENTON (1998. An original independantly developed protocol that isolates DNA in minutes!) Used by AgResearch in High Schools around New Zealand.

Electrophoresis for High Schools. C. D. FENTON AND M. FENTON. (1998. An original independantly developed protocol that works in minutes with 9 volt batteries!)

GeneE - Gene electrophoresis and sequencing simulator. M. FENTON. (2006). A SMARTboard capable interactive genetics teaching resource.

Create educational virtual laboratories, simulators and interactive science software ... Game Maker is easy to programme and is more than just games! Interative mathematics tools and a flight simulator are just the beginning!  Science simulators don't have to be boring either. A game based on the 'Dr Who' TV show involves being inside a 3D TARDIS. Players can visit the Doctor's laboratory to learn about astronomy, go to the library, or, for a break, evade Daleks and Cybermen. 

Game Maker in schools - a look at the uses of Game Maker in education and a New Zealand teacher creating educational games, interactive science simulators and mathematics tools for interactive whiteboards and SMARTboards. 

Optics / Microscopes

Build a microscope - Recycle those left-over school lenses! Build a sturdy microscope suitable for primary or junior high students.

Light Photomicroscopy Using an Internet Webcam Digital Camera. C. D. FENTON AND M. FENTON*. (presented at the 1999 New Zealand Microbiological Society conference at Otago University, November 23rd - 26th).

The Sun Gun (a safe way to observe the closest star to Earth and its Sunspots)

 

Microbiology

The Isolation and Characterisation of New Zealand Caulobacter Species. M. FENTON, C.D. FENTON* AND K. STEWART. (presented at the 1999 New Zealand Microbiological Society conference at Otago University, November 23rd - 26th).

The Microbiology lab: Experiments and photographs for amateurs and schools

Culture media for microbes  safe microbiology experiments included with simple media to grow  bacteria

 

Lab equipment / data recording

Using digital multimeters as data loggers in science and maths M.FENTON (2010). Low cost data logger alternative suitable for Primary and Secondary students.

List of equipment for primary school science and secondary school science - The Science Toolbox - Learning Media, Ministry of Education

List of science equipment suppliers in New Zealand

Planning experiments - how to design a fair test or experiments for Science Fair or school

Build your own SuperMouse Datalogger Use a computer mouse as a data logger

Build a microscope - Recycle those left-over school lenses! Build a sturdy microscope suitable for primary or junior high students.

Create educational virtual laboratories, simulators and interactive science software ... Game Maker is easy to programme and is more than just games! Interative mathematics tools and a flight simulator are just the beginning!  Science simulators don't have to be boring either. A game based on the 'Dr Who' TV show involves being inside a 3D TARDIS. Players can visit the Doctor's laboratory to learn about astronomy, go to the library, or, for a break, evade Daleks and Cybermen.

Game Maker in schools - a look at the uses of Game Maker in education and a New Zealand teacher creating educational games, interactive science simulators and mathematics tools for interactive whiteboards and SMARTboards. 

RIGEL - Real-world interactive games and electronics link. M. FENTON. (2007). A SMARTboard capable interactive real-world game interface, datalogger and proces control system. Suitable for teaching, research and industrial applications.

How to add a PICAXE to a Casio graphics calculator for robotics, science and mathematics (NEW) M. FENTON. (2008). Includes the Casio communications protocol and link cables for a PICAXE to Casio robot.

Build your own Air Track M. FENTON, 2003

PICAXE - cheap sensors and robotics M.FENTON, 2003

Sensors from voltage dividers M.FENTON, 2003

Professional looking posters - presenting your findings at conferences or Science Fair

 

Robotics / Electronics / Process control

Safe Sound Indicator - how 10 year old Jamie Fenton's science fair project became a commercial product for the National Foundation for the Deaf

Physics meets fashion - how to design wearable art or integrate electro tech materials into fashion garments and clothingl

A.L.I.S Automated Learning Intelligence System J. BROAD (1998 Taranaki Science and Technology Fair). Plans and report in Plans in PDF format.

Create educational virtual laboratories, simulators and interactive science software ... Game Maker is easy to programme and is more than just games! Interative mathematics tools and a flight simulator are just the beginning!  Science simulators don't have to be boring either. A game based on the 'Dr Who' TV show involves being inside a 3D TARDIS. Players can visit the Doctor's laboratory to learn about astronomy, go to the library, or, for a break, evade Daleks and Cybermen. 

Game Maker in schools - a look at the uses of Game Maker in education and a New Zealand teacher creating educational games, interactive science simulators and mathematics tools for interactive whiteboards and SMARTboards. 

PICAXE - cheap sensors and robotics M.FENTON, 2003

Electronics Manual for Science, Maths and Art. Year 9 to Year 13 introductory PICAXE manual with simple circuits to make and example PICAXE codes.

Sensors from voltage dividers M.FENTON, 2003

RIGEL - Real-world interactive games and electronics link. M. FENTON. (2007). A SMARTboard capable interactive real-world game interface, datalogger and proces control system. Suitable for teaching, research and industrial applications.

How to add a PICAXE to a Casio graphics calculator for robotics, science and mathematics (NEW) M. FENTON. (2008). Includes the Casio communications protocol and link cables for a PICAXE to Casio robot.

Build your own SuperMouse Datalogger Use a computer mouse as a data logger

Using digital multimeters as data loggers in science and maths M.FENTON (2010). Low cost data logger alternative suitable for Primary and Secondary students..

LATEST NEWS: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that mobile phone use might increase the risk of developing a brain tumour. The organisation says a review of all the available scientific evidence suggests cellphone use should be classified as "possibly carcinogenic". Using a multimeter as a datalogger provides a visible measure of the energy in the radiation emitted by a cell phone / mobile phone 

Build a Dalek from the TV series "Dr Who" M.FENTON, 2005

Build a TARDIS from the TV series "Dr Who" M.FENTON, 2005

 

Energy Conservation

Energy conservation and renewable energy generation pilot project - New Zealand's first school-based energy conservation and energy generation project

 

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