Class resources

emperor penguin in Antarctic, Biology

Classroom posters

We produce a range of posters to download for classrooms. The range is continually being added to so check back for new resources.

Mini periodic tables

Class sets of mini periodic tables are available are available free and ideal for young chemists from year 9 and up. Contact us for more information.


The Canterbury Science Teachers Association has a set of replica skulls available on free loan to Canterbury Schools.  Email David Winter or phone him on 03369 3783 to book.

Magma Drillers Save Planet Earth

In this exciting educational game – created by UC scientists – students will take on a variety of different scientific roles in order to help solve the planet’s environmental and energy issues. Click here to get started.

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Expert speakers by subject

Ursula Rack: A researcher for the Deep South National Science Challenge, Dr Rack's research interests lie in environmental and social history. The project recovers meteorological information from logbooks of merchant and navy ships from the late 18th Century until the mid-20th Century. The data is processed to analyse historic weather phenomena to draw conclusions for future weather models in the Southern Ocean. 

Dr Rack's past work has included social conditions - food, medical conditions, income, hierarchy, leadership, insurance and income - on polar expeditions.

An experienced teacher, Dr Rack can tailor a presentation to fit the needs of the audience but past talks have included:

  • 'Life, travel and work in the Antarctic', Rotary Club of Cashmere
  • 'Working and living in extreme environments', Shirley Ladies Club
  • 'Adaptation to extreme environments', Hillmorton High NCEA level two science class
  • 'Extreme environments', St Andrew's College Ladies Club
  • 'Research in the Antarctic', Riccarton Men's Probus Club
  • 'Tutor in the Antarctic', Merrin Ladies Club
  • 'Environmental project', Te Waka Unua School
  • 'Antarctic quilts and arts', Shirley Ladies Club
  • 'Antarctica as a classroom', Rotary Women's Club
  • 'Leadership and responsibility', Somerfield School

Jack Heinemann - Infectious disease, Biotechnology

Dave Kelly - predator impacts on native plants and animals, pest control, native bird/plant mutualisms, pollination and fruit dispersal, biological control of weeds and pests.

Steven Gieseg - Free radicals and antioxidants, what are they. Heart disease and strokes mechanism, cuase and seeing with X-rays. Macrophages and white blood cell biology. Colour X-ray imaging the latest developments in medical imaging.

Environmental Science

Peyman Zawar-Reza: Environmental Science is the newest major in UC's Bachelor of Science. Peyman's fields of research include air pollution, meteorology, virology.


Leanne Morgan: Leanne is an expert in groundwater science with research interests including groundwater management, seawater intrusion, surface/groundwater interaction and groundwater modelling. In-class demonstrations can include the use of a sand tank but trips are also an option to wells at UC and Lincoln to demonstrate how to measure groundwater quantity and quality and determine the properties of aquifers.

Ed Challies: Senior lecturer in Water Policy.

Kate Pedley: Active tectonics, structural geology, geomorphology. All introductory Geological Sciences. North Canterbury and the Kaikōura quakes, volcanoes.

Clark Fenton: Engineering Geology, geohazards, earthquakes, landslides.

Tom Wilson: Disasters, natural hazards. Simulations (need 2-5 hours) run along the lines of an emergency management scenario for an eruption, earthquake or tsunami. Experiments that can be demonstrated include pneumatic cannon (volcanic ballistics and rock fall analogy) and a volcanic ash lab examining how infrastructure performs under different doses of ash.

Natalie Hyland: Earthquakes, the Kaikōura quakes.

Stephanie Gates: Volcanology, earthquakes.

Eric Pawson: Human Geography, the Christchurch rebuild and future of the red zone.

Peyman Zawar-Reza: Climatology, Environmental Science, New Zealand's climate, air pollution, the climate in Antarctica.

Rajasweta Datta: Remote sensing, satellites, applications and purpose of this field of science. Experiment looking at visual interpretation of various features in a high-resolution satellite image.

Malcolm Campbell: Geography of health, mobile phone location data.

Heather Purdie: Glaciology, climate change. Workshops from year 10 onwards. Glacier year 12 NCEA lecture supported with demonstrations.

Communication disorders

Maggie-Lee Huckabee: Swallowing 

Greg O'Beirne: Hearing 

Dean Sutherland: Communication


Neville Blampied

Sarah Christofferson

Physics and Astronomy

Rodrigo Martinez Gazoni: Physics, solid state Physics, nanoscience. Talks or experiments on mechanics, fluids, electromagnetism, low temperatures, nanosciences, working in the space industry.

Simon Brown: Nanotechnology, nanoparticles, nanoelectronics, safety/ethics of nanotechnology.

Chris Gordon: Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Particle Physics. 


Marie Squire: Spectroscopy, spectrometry. Talks and demonstrations include MS/NMR and other techniques.

Sarah Masters: All aspects of Chemistry relating to the school curriculum in particular primary and intermediate children. Interactive workshops and demonstrations can be arranged as required.

ChemSoc: Chemistry and chemical biology - Chemsoc is a student-led group. They are able to give show-style demonstrations or hands-on interactive workshops to children of all ages. Presentations can be tailored to the age group required.