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LENScience National Education Events

LENScience National Education Events are student programmes arranged to coincide with national science events, international conferences and visiting scientists. Programmes bring students and scientists together, are curriculum linked and in most cases supported with teacher professional development.

National Education Events 2010

Event 2: Chemicals in our food – how do they get there and what are they doing to you?

The last 100 years has seen the development of a vast array of new chemicals that have changed the world around us – the paints for our cars, the plastics to pack our food in, the red dyes on the MacDonald’s fries packet, the batteries for our cell phones, the yellow dyes we give our hens to make sure they lay yellow-yoked eggs, and so on, and so on… The problem is that every day we are all exposed to hundreds, if not thousands, of different chemicals from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. The question is what are all these chemicals doing to us and should we be worried?

The workshop has been developed and will be co-presented by LENScience teachers and scientists from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Canterbury.


Supporting Teaching and Learning Resources

Audience: Year 7-10 Science Students

Date | Time

Thursday 18 November

Workshop 1: Year 7 and 8  11am - 12pm

Workshop 2: Year 9 and 10 1:30 - 2:30pm


Venue: Fisher and Paykel Auditorium, Owen G. Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road. Also broadcast live via Satellite TV or the National Education Network

Parking: Owen G. Glenn Car Park (Parking charges apply)

Event Cost: No Charge

Presenters: Professor Ian Shaw | Michal Denny | Jacquie Bay

Bookings: Click here to make a booking for your students

Queries: Phone 09-923 1580

Further Information: Please click here


Teacher Professional Development to support this event will be held at 4pm on Thursday 18th November via LENScience Connect Braodcast.

A supporting web site for teachers is available here.

National Education Events 2011

Event 1: Year 11 Science: Diabetes - An Issue For My Community

New Zealand is currently experiencing an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes, driven mainly by the increasing numbers of people who are overweight and obese. In New Zealand the epidemic most severely affects Māori and Pasifika peoples. In Term 2, 2011 we will be running a workshop for Year 11 students on this current and relevant issue.
This event will also provide support to teachers in delivering the Year 11 module Science and Society: Diabetes - an issue for my community

 More information will follow in Term 1, 2011.


Previous National Educational Events:

  Year 12 - 13


  • Meddling with Reproduction | Professor Sir Robert Winston |  Imperial College, London 
  • More Cuddle Less Stress - The effect of early maternal care on gene expression  | Professor Michael Meaney | McGill University, Montreal
  • Nutrigenomics: Food to Match your Genes 2010  | Professor Lynn Ferguson | Dr Matthew Barnett | Jacquie Bay | Michal Denny

 Year 7 - 11

  • Love My Heart | Professor Mark Hanson | University of Southampton

 Teaching and Learning resources including a downloadable version of the event are available here.