Winning teams from throughout Taupō gave presentations of their entries. We watched proudly as Geominecraft’s video graced the big screen, enjoyed by other schools and the GNS scientists that had gathered. Our students were able to explore what the other teams had made and hear what made their entries stand out. The fact that the heat comes from the core of the earth was an important detail to the judges that made all the difference. We noted this for next year!
Once the formalities were done, we shared a delicious morning tea. Students were then invited to view the labs of the scientists and geologists that do their work there (through the windows for safety, of course). The highlight was meeting a geologist who allowed us to look closely at rocks through his microscopes, even gifting us with crystals to take home. What an exciting job to have.
We would like to thank GNS Science, Fiona Miller and Anya Seward for the opportunities provided to our students. Completing a practical task in a small group, working towards a common goal, was an authentic way to use the key competencies of Thinking, and Participating and Contributing.