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breaking it down
Breaking It Down with Dr Michelle Dickinson is an educational science show aimed at 11-15 year olds.
Covering a diverse range of science topics, each episode includes a simple experiment that can be done at home as well as an interview with a prominent scientist working in the field.
The program was broadcast on TVNZ and made for the home learning channel during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Each episode is accompanied by a teaching resource available for teachers and parents to download.
The Science Of Light
In this episode we cover the basic science of light as a wave, carry out a hands-on experiment showcasing reflection and refraction with student Hudson Kirkbeck and talk about lasers with Associate Professor Jevon Longdell from the Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies.
The Science Of Plastics
In this episode we cover the basic science of polymer chemistry, the process of making plastics to have different properties as well as recycling plastics, carry out a hands-on experiment with student Rakei Curtis and talk about bioplastics with Dr Florian Graichen from Scion.
The Science Climate Change
In this episode we cover the scientific concepts around climate change, how we measure it and how it's different than just weather, carry out a hands-on experiment with student Amelia Lockley and talk about ice cores with Tim Naish from the Victoria University of Wellington.
The Science Of Astronomy
In this episode we cover the scientific concepts around our solar system and planets and carry out a hands-on experiment you can do at home with student Rakei Curtis. Finally we talk to two researchers - Dr Haki Tuaupiki from the University of Waikato, and Dr Ian Griffin from Otago Museum.
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