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Spaceward Bound New Zealand for Youth is a novel, hands-on, field-based, 5-day Astrobiology field trip for forty secondary school students. Designed to enhance the Earth and Space Sciences school curriculum, it will highlight NZ’s unique geologic features and associated flora and fauna and explore questions related to life’s origins and existence in extreme environments, here on Earth and potentially elsewhere. The program will introduce technology used for space exploration, rarely accessible to secondary school students, and the rigorous methods used for scientific observation and discovery. Science learning experiences will be delivered using a Mātauranga Māori approach.

Location: New Zealand North Island, Taupo Volcanic Zone
Date: 27 November – 2 December 2016

  • Sunday 27 November – Day 1 – Powhiri and overview / introductory lectures / building field test sensors
  • Monday 28 November – Day 2 – Field trip to Hell’s Gate /  building field test sensors
  • Tuesday 29 November – Day 3 – Field trip to Mangatete
  • Wednesday 30 November – Day 4 – Field trip to Tarawera for the Mars simulation
  • Thursday 1 December – Day 5 – Marae Open day/ Closing festivities and departure

Organiser: University of Auckland, New Zealand Astrobiology Network (NZAN)

Sponsors: MBIE Unlocking Curious Minds, Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue

Supported by: NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI); Blue Marble Space Institute of Science (BMSIS); GNS Science;

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A project of New Zealand Astrobiology Network (NZAN)