New Zealand. Original
articles, experiments & ideas for
parents, teachers & students of all ages.
everything in one spot!
Taranaki Science & Technology Fair. NEW! 2018 Robot competition rules and plan for maze coming soon. Find suppliers of robot kits. Meanwhile find ideas for winning entries here.
ULearn 2017 abstract: New Digital Technology curriculum. Michael
will present a research paper asking if 'digital' is already out of
date and summarises new technologies students need to know about for a
truly future-focused curriculum.
presentation at SciCon 2016: His topic is 'Reclaiming
the Maker Space for Science: Putting the science back into science education
2015 Prime Ministers Education Excellence
Fenton leads the Open Polytechnic Primary Science and Mathematics
teaching team at the Open Polytecnic. Recognised for Leading Education
in New Zealand
2014; Michael Fenton wins DEANZ Excellence Award for his contribution to
eLearning in New Zealand
Fun experiments /
technology - for teachers,
parents and students
This is an archive site...we hope you still find the
1997-2004 Michael & Christine Fenton ran New Zealand's only
school-based laboratory on a voluntary
basis in their "spare" time. Problem-based
(active learning) science & technology research projects via a
'Make to learn' pedagogy resulted in students of all ages making
original discoveries, sharing findings in journals, professional
science conferences, and on this website.
The focus on developing a true
understanding of the
nature of science and experiencing first-hand that developing new
technology requires some science knowledge foreshadowed the Citizen
Science and Maker movements. Nexus modelled many of the best practices
discussed in "Looking ahead:
science education for the twenty-first century" (2011, Prime
Minister's Science Advisory Committee), and "A Nation of Curious Minds: A National
Strategic Plan for Science in Society" (2014)
and the students reported their findings at conferences, in journals
and on this website. Students also had access to a network of advisers
from research and government agencies both nationally and overseas and
Dr Sir William Pickering, former head of the Jet Propulsion
widely recognised as responsible for America's success in exploring the
planets, was patron of the Nexus Research Group.
investigating ideas from TV and movies gets children excited about
science and mathematics