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LENScience Senior Biology Seminar Series

The LENScience Senior Biology Seminar Series uses a Satellite Television Broadcast, Skype Chat Room and Wiki to bring Year 13 students from throughout New Zealand together for regular seminars, designed to provide learning extension opportunities that link current NZ scientific research to concepts in the school curriculum. The programme is designed to be a partnership between schools and LENScience. The technology model used in delivery was designed by The University of Auckland Information Technology Services and KordiaTM.


The LENScience 2009 Seminar Series will involve 8 seminars for Y13 Biology Students during terms 2 - 4 and be available to all schools in New Zealand via satellite Television Broadcast and the National Education Network. Funding and support in-kind for the programme has been provided by the Liggins Institute, KordiaTM, University of Auckland ITS, National Research Centre for Growth and Development, and VoltTV.


Information for Students


The LENScience Senior Biology Seminar Series is designed to assist Year 13 Biology students in New Zealand Schools who are aiming at achieving at Merit-Excellence-Scholarship level.

Students from all New Zealand schools are able to participate in this programme which will run during Terms 2 - 4 of the school year. For more information please click here.


Information for Teachers and Schools


The LENScience Senior Biology Seminar Series is open to all New Zealand Schools who are offering NCEA Biology. It is designed to operate in partnership with the school, providing extension resources for teachers and interaction between teachers, students and scientists on a regular basis. The programme will run during Terms 2 - 4 of the school year.

The programme delivery via television is designed to overcome the broadband problems that many NZ schools experience. There is no charge for schools to particpate.

For more information and to register your school, please click here.


2008 LENScience Seminar Series

A trial involving students from Kaitaita, Auckland, Tauranga and Gisborne was held in 2008. 

To see the 2008 seminar series click here


The 2008 programme was evaluated by means of student and teacher questionairres. Click here to read this report.

Click here to see a presentation on this trial by Jacquie Bay, Robert Hamilton and Micheal Keefe.