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  • Newsletter – June 2016

    This last newsletter, before the launch of our new website, celebrates the vision of those who created the original Biotech Hub.

  • Newsletter - May 2016

    Read about upcoming events on the Science Learning Hub. Join us for the launch of the redesigned website, participate in free PD webinars or check out our Matariki resources.

  • Newsletter - April 2016

    Introducing our new modern Science Learning Hub website – combining the Science Learning Hub and the Biotechnology Learning Hub into ONE innovative, current, user-friendly website for New Zealand teachers, students and communities.

  • Newsletter – March 2016

    Everyone loves a good mystery. Use a trail of clues – and the chance to dob in ‘suspect’ teachers – to explore the science and technology of forensics.

  • Newsletter – February 2016

    The race is on to control the Zika virus and to develop a vaccine. Use Biotechnology and Science Learning Hub resources to explore the spread and control of diseases.

  • Newsletter – November 2015

    The Biotech and Science Learning Hubs make science and technology engaging and accessible. Combine the Hubs resources to create a rich variety of learning experiences in the classroom. Check out our mussel resources as an example of integration across the Hubs.

  • Newsletter – September 2015

    It’s not long to go until the school holidays are upon us. If you use your holidays to plan new topics – or need to keep offspring extended and engaged – here are a few activities you might like to try out. Remember, all of the activities come with supporting articles and media.

  • Newsletter – July 2015

    Agriculture is very important to the New Zealand economy, with primary industries responsible for about three-quarters of our export earnings. Find out how the Biotech Learning Hub supports agricultural and horticultural science.

  • Newsletter – May 2015

    Want to know more about how the food we eat interacts with our bodies? We’ve updated our Nutrigenomics focus story to highlight the impressive results from this landmark project. See how it fits with New Zealand’s new High-Value Nutrition Challenge - and your students’ understanding of the nature of technology.

  • Newsletter – February 2015

    The Biotechnology Learning Hub’s focus stories show how curious minds have found solutions to old problems or have come up with new ways to add value to goods or services. Combine these stories with Innovation resources from the Science Learning Hub for some in-depth learning.

  • Newsletter – October 2014

    Video clips of scientists can engage students. Find out why and how to make the best use of videos in the classroom.

  • Newsletter – July 2014

    This month, find out more about how biotechnology is used to improve foods for our benefit. Examples featured on the Hub include red-fleshed apples, hyper-immune milk, future foods, fish-oil enriched foods and cheesemaking

  • Newsletter – April 2014

    This month, we highlight our brand new theme: Bacteria in biotech.

  • Newsletter – February 2014

    This month, we highlight some student activities you can use with younger students to spark their interest in biotechnology. Each activity sits within a story of the development of a contemporary New Zealand biotechnology so it provides authentic and relevant contexts for learning.

  • Newsletter - December 2013

    In this newsletter, we highlight some Hub teaching activities students might enjoy during the summer term as well as ways to make your searching easier.

  • Newsletter - September 2013

    In this newsletter, we showcase some of the people currently working in biotechnology in New Zealand who also feature in the content on our site. These profiles help to highlight the range of cutting-edge developments in this sector and provide insight into the variety of career opportunities they generate.

  • Newsletter - June 2013

    Our latest focus story, Farming green-lipped mussels, has just been published on the Hub. We also continue to publish weekly news stories that link the latest advances in biotech to our teaching resources.

  • Newsletter - February 2013

    New on the Hub this term, we have further news articles that link and provide updates to earlier focus stories. These updates help keep our content current as well as illustrating the nature of science and technology. We also highlight some exciting new content coming soon.

  • Newsletter - October 2012

    While continuing to add new content to the Hub, we also endeavour to keep all our content current by adding news items and highlighting links to these in the relevant information sheets. We’ve recently updated one of our earliest focus stories – Robotic milking – which is now a commercial reality in New Zealand.

  • Newsletter – July 2012

    Our July newsletter features some of the latest resources published on the Hub.

    Cheesemaking is the latest focus story on the Hub. We’ve also added some new resources to our Biotech at home theme, and we have a brand new home page! You can now access our focus stories and themes by clicking on either the revolving images or the navigation bar at the top.

  • Newsletter – May 2012

    Our May newsletter features some of the latest resources published on the Hub.

    Biotechnology features in TVNZ’s Ever Wondered? Series 2 and Innovation Stories. You can view the whole series on our sister site the Science Learning Hub and use our classroom teaching resources to engage your students in topics such as forensics and medical uses for honey.

  • Newsletter – February 2012

    A new theme about xenotransplantation and organ donation has just been published on the Hub. This theme provides background information supporting our latest focus story Pig cell transplants, published in November 2011. Together, these new resources offer a rich context for exploring related ethical issues with your students.

  • Newsletter - November 2011

    Our November newsletter features some of the latest resources published on the Hub in 2011.

    We have published a new focus story about pig cell transplants. It examines why and how pig cells are being tested as a treatment for type 1 diabetes and contains resources suitable for senior students. Also, we feature a new theme that brings Gregor Mendel’s research on inheritance in peas into the 21st century.

  • Newsletter – September 2011

    A new teaching focus story about breeding red-fleshed apples has just been published on the Hub. We’ve also added some resources that show how you could use ethical frameworks to explore the Transgenic cows focus story with your students.

  • Newsletter – May 2011

    Biotechnology features prominently in the Ever Wondered? TV series, which aired on TVNZ 7 in August 2010. You can view the whole series on our sister site – the Science Learning Hub – and use our classroom teaching resources to engage your students in topics such as new uses for wool and functional foods.

  • Newsletter – February 2011

    It’s the start of a new school year – welcome back! In this newsletter, we feature our most popular teaching stories of 2010. These stories have the most views by New Zealand visitors to the Hub.

  • Newsletter - October 2010

    We’ve recently added a new focus story to the Hub – Easy care sheep. These sheep, developed by AgResearch, have been selectively bred to be more productive and less labour-intensive for farmers. This focus story reveals more about these sheep and why they were developed.

  • Newsletter – July 2010

    We’ve recently published a new focus story – Wool innovations – showcasing new textiles developed at AgResearch and featured in a catwalk show at the 2008 New Zealand Fashion Week. Also, watch out for another focus story to be added later in the term – Easy care sheep. It looks at developing a more cost-effective sheep using selective breeding.

  • Newsletter - May 2010

    This newsletter features a new Focus story – Transgenic cows. Genetic modification is a contemporary and sometimes controversial topic. This Focus story is developed as a resource for teachers of year 13 biology students. It is also a valuable source of information for both science and technology teachers who wish to introduce discussion on the use of genetically modified animals and their products in New Zealand.

  • Newsletter - February 2010

    We’ve just added a new theme to the Hub – What is biotechnology? This provides an ideal starting point if you are introducing biotechnology. Also recently published is the Futures thinking tool, and watch out for a new focus story – Transgenic cows – to be added to the Hub later this term.

  • Newsletter - November 2009

    We’ve recently published a new theme – Food intolerance and allergies – which looks at biotechnological solutions for diagnosing and treating people with milk intolerance. This month, we’ve also released the Ethics Thinking Tool, an interactive tool designed to help you explore ethical issues with your students.

  • Newsletter - September 2009

    This month, we feature new resources showcasing research on fish oil in functional food, including a unit plan for technology teachers, and a new theme on DNA barcoding. Also, you can read about the latest biotechnology developments in our news articles.

  • Newsletter - August 2009

    As term 3 begins, we’ve just published some new teaching resources aimed at primary and secondary schools. These resources showcase research on taewa (Māori potatoes) for technology teachers and some of the latest DNA techniques for science teachers.

  • Newsletter – April 2009

    Term 2 has begun, and we’ve published some brand new teaching resources aimed at secondary schools. These resources showcase research into evolved enzymes at Victoria University in Wellington. In this research, evolution is mimicked in the lab in order to make novel enzymes for cancer treatment.

  • Newsletter – February 2009

    Term 1 has started and we’ve just published some brand new teaching resources about Potatopak, a New Zealand company that uses wastewater from chip processing to make environmentally friendly disposable products.

  • Newsletter – June 2008

    This month, we have added some brand new resources to help you explore our Honey to heal focus story with your students. These resources include a unit plan and several worksheets with interesting experiments and hands-on activities.

  • Newsletter – April 2008

    This month, find out how biotechnology is being used to improve milk, in our theme ‘Marvellous milk’. Also, keep up-to-date with who is working in biotechnology and what they are doing, by checking out our latest organisation profiles.

  • Newsletter – February 2008

    This month, we’ve added some brand new teaching resources to the Hub to help you explore biotechnology in New Zealand. We’d also like interested teachers to get more involved in the site. What would you like to see on the Hub? Would you like to host a video conference at your school, or trial the Hub’s teaching resources or keep up to date with biotechnology in New Zealand? Read more below.

  • Newsletter - December 2007

    This month we are delighted to unveil a new look for the Biotechnology Learning Hub. We have updated our homepage and reorganised the teaching and learning resources to make it easier for you to find what you want.

  • Newsletter - October 2007

    During this month the Hub team has published a new unit plan focusing on making and developing fermented drinks from traditional recipes. This unit plan has been trialled and a class case study is also available on the Hub.

  • Newsletter - September 2007

    During this month the Hub team has published a video conference with the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA). In this video conference, secondary school students asked ERMA questions about genetically modified organisms, environment protection and biocontrol.

  • Newsletter - August 2007

    During this month the Hub team has published content about some of the latest medical biotechnologies, including stem cell therapies, bone marrow transplants and xenotransplants. We describe how these technologies may help to improve the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

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