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Earthquake Encounters – primary education visit

Earthquake Encounters – primary education visit

Delve into the forces that shape Aotearoa, see how Te Papa’s treasures are kept safe during tremors, and play with an earthquake simulation in Minecraft. 

  • Learning areas and strands Science – Planet Earth and Beyond; Nature of Science
  • Education type Education visit
  • Suitable for Year levels 3–8
  • Next available Available
  • Cost $6.50 per student (teachers and parent helpers go free)
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Introducing a new, fun and imaginative approach to earthquake education! Developed in partnership with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) the programme uses a unique Minecraft Mod to simulate earthquakes and allows participants to take an experiential, collaborative and playful approach to learning.

This learning programme involves educator-led exploration in and around Te Papa and a digital experience in Hīnātore Learning Lab using Minecraft. Explore earthquake dynamics and the ways we can take action and be safe in the event of a quake, Fix. Fasten. Don’t Forget! 

The education programme

Guided by our educators, your primary school students will:

  • visit exhibitions and outdoor areas at Te Papa to understand how plate tectonics have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand
  • go down to Te Papa’s base isolators to see how they protect the nation’s treasures
  • keep taonga safe within ShakerMod – an earthquake simulation in Minecraft
  • use digital maps to explore the Ring of Fire, significant earthquakes of the past, and more.

This learning programme is not an official Minecraft product and is not associated with or approved by Mojang. 

In partnership with

Founding corporate partner

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