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LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trip

Virtual field trip

A virtual field trip gives you access to online video and audio feeds, activities and much more. There are three virtual field trips on offer right now:

1. Finding Resilience - The technology behind locating and responding to natural hazards

Like many places in New Zealand Wellington is at risk from a number of natural hazards. As well as being one of New Zealand's largest cities, with hundreds of thousands of people in the greater region, Wellington is also the seat of government and houses the head offices of many government departments who all have important roles to play when an emergency happens.

During this field trip, you will visit places around Wellington that are hazard-prone and find out what data and what information people and organisations need, to recover quickly from emergencies. Stand on a road overlooking a beach and work out where you will go in a tsunami. Find out how tsunami maps are made. Go downtown and inspect a main road that sits on a fault line. Find out how earthquake maps are made. Go to the Hutt River and see evidence of previous floods and how they are managed. Find out how flood maps are made.

Relate what you learn about Wellington to your own location. You will be able to use technology to find out where natural hazards exist, the areas they may affect and assess your own risk for earthquakes, tsunami and floods. If any of these emergencies happened in your area, work out what information you would need, what web sites you would go to and what apps and maps you could use so you can be more resilient to natural hazards and recover quickly from future events. Sign up HERE

2. What's the plan, Stan? - Getting ready for an emergency

What will you do in an emergency? You probably already know to "Drop, Cover and Hold" during an earthquake. But as a citizen of New Zealand, we all need to know more about the six natural hazards that cause emergencies - floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, and landslides. More importantly, we need to know about the six impacts - Stuck at home, Can't get home, Have to evacuate, No power, No water, No phone or internet.

During this virtual field trip find out about New Zealand's history of emergencies caused by natural hazards. Explore the latest and best practice recommended for you and your school during an emergency. This field trip coincides with the 1-year anniversary of the release of the updated "What's the Plan, Stan?" resources for schools. Sign up HERE

3. Life at the Boundary - Investigating natural hazards

1.9 million tourists visited Aotearoa New Zealand last year and you can be sure that what they came to see was our beautiful country. Agree? Spectacular volcanoes, hot pools, high mountains, fiords, rugged coastlines, rivers and rolling countryside. Paradise! But how did it get to be like this?

New Zealand came to be this way because, like other countries located on the 'Pacific Ring of Fire', we straddle a boundary between two colossal tectonic plates. This natural hazards virtual field trip in early November will take your students on a journey right to that boundary! You will see dinosaur fossils, fault lines, plus evidence of past and recent earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides that all helped to create the landscapes we see today. You'll explore the difference between a natural hazard and a disaster.

Living in New Zealand means that your students, during their lifetime, are likely to experience an emergency caused by a natural hazard. Knowing how to reduce the impact of natural disasters on people and property, including ways to make your own home more resilient, is very important. Sign up HERE

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