Todd Foundation, the Royal Society of New Zealand, and Puke Ariki Museum in New Plymouth, has been running a hands on immersion geology course for teachers and years 7 to 9 students from 5 Taranaki schools. 24 students and about 10 teachers participated in this "Power of the Planet" Geocamp which culminated in a geoscience expo at Puke Ariki, that was created and run by the participants.
Dinosaurs and Disasters" Geocamp in the Napier Aquarium.
The basic approach is that we encourage the participants to make very careful observations of a variety of rock outcrops and landforms at different field sites.
The video will give you an impression of the geological features that were researched by the participants:
Day by day a framework of understanding is built up. The final community / public expo event then requires the participants to become the educators, further re-inforcing the level of understanding of the geological concepts.
This video shows the active engagement of the participants with members of the public during the expo. Their brief was to challenge the visitors to observe and think, in the same way that they had been challenged during their own Geocamp experience.
I would like to thank the teachers and students of Oakura School, Kaimata School, Eltham Primary, Makahu School and Sacred Heart Girls' for their positive participation and response to the Geocamp.