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Term 3 starting 8 August 2012.



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In preparation for this field trip you will learn about New Zealand energy resources including coal. Using coal as a natural resource case study you will learn about the formation of and finding coal, mining, sustainability of mining and the rehabilitation of mine sites. You will learn about products from natural resources, in particular iron and steel and how innovative New Zealand technology is used to make steel from ironsand. During the field trip you will visit opencast and underground mines in the Waikato. You will explore the origin, extraction, distribution and use of an abundant non-renewable New Zealand resource. You will interview people who work underground or operate big machinery above ground and compare environmental issues related to underground and opencast mining. You will visit Huntly East, one of the most advanced underground mines in the world. You will go underground and see innovative developments that have overcome the unique challenges to mining posed by New Zealand geologic conditions. You will follow coal to Glenbrook where it is used in an innovative steel making plant, using ironsand for a wide variety of products, including steel roofing.

Where you will go

Waikato is one of the largest coal areas in New Zealand. Huntly East is the biggest and most productive underground coal mine in the country. Rotowaro is a nearby opencast mine. New Zealand Steel's mill at Glenbrook south of Auckland, uses Waikato coal and local ironsand.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 4-8, Nature of Science Levels 4-8, Material World Levels 4-8, Earth and Space Science Levels 7-8; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 3-5, Geography Level 6, Economics Level 6; Social Studies: Economic World Level 5

More Curriculum

  • Social Studies
    • Level 3 Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources
    • Level 4 Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places, and environments
    • Level 5 Understand how economic decisions impact on people, communities and nations
    • Level 5 Understand how people's management of resources impacts on environmental and social sustainability
    • Level 5 Understand how people seek and have sought economic growth through business, enterprise and innovation
  • Geography
    • AS1.3 Demonstrate geographic understanding of the sustainable use of an environment
    • AS1.6 Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue
  • Science - Physical World
    • Level 4 - identify and describe everyday examples of sources of energy, forms of energy, and energy transformations
Also covers Achievement Standards from Earth and Space Science (ESS) within the Planet Earth and Beyond Strand such as ESS 2.3 AS91189: Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality; ESS 2.7 AS91193: Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System. Also covers Achievement Standard Geography 91009: Demonstrate geographic understanding of the sustainable use of an environment. Resource reference: Geography 1.3B. Resource title: Will it Last? Credits: 3. Also Science 1.14 - Demonstrate understanding of carbon cycling, and Science 1.6 Investigate implications of the use of carbon compounds as fuels. Also supports the Curriculum high level Principle 'Future focus' which encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation.

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Inquiry Topics: Auckland, coal, coal recovery, energy, environment, environmental impacts, extraction, geographic issue, Glenbrook, innovation, New Zealand steel mill, opencast mining, resource use, steel, sustainability, technological innovation, underground mining, Waikato

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