The 2019 sestercentennial commemoration of Captain Cook's first visit, called Tuia 250 First Encounters, is a time to reflect on the skills and knowledge of the people who discovered and founded Aotearoa New Zealand.
This LEARNZ virtual field trip will focus on the stories behind two great navigators; Kupe and Cook.
To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:
Discovery of Aotearoa New Zealand
The star cluster Matariki
18th century navigation and charting
Why maps matter? Location based information and technology
How GIS and GPS work
Using GIS to make smart online maps for everyone
Future focus – new careers
The effects of new technology.
During this field trip you will:
Follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
Explore the heavens to locate Matariki
Paddle a waka
Navigate by observing your environment
Sail to Ship's Cove in the Marlborough Sounds
Use a sextant and chronometer to calculate your location
Use 21st century navigation techniques on board a modern ship.
After the field trip, challenge yourself to:
Spot the star cluster Matariki
Think about what sailing to Aotearoa New Zealand would have been like in 1100AD and 1769AD
Use natural observations (birds, winds, sun, currents, stars) to help identify your location
Investigate study options and careers in the Geospatial Industry.