space for your students
Professional Learning Development for teachers and space education programmes for your students through immersive experiences.
Spaceward Bound New Zealand
Our programmes are based on hands-on immersive experiences
that we deliver using:
Our own portable PLANETARIUM,
Telescopes, mini Mars Rovers, a unique collection of Astrobiology-relevant rocks,
our own developed Analog Astronauts Programme,
VR, AR, Water Rockets & Field Trips.
We are focused on delivering our programmes in an environment of cultural safety and respect. This means we engage mana whenua and seek opportunities for our work to link strongly with local perspectives.
SPACEWARD BOUND NEW ZEALAND is supplemented by a strong online presence, including mentorship, networking, follow up activities and educational resources for both students, teachers and the communities they are part of.
The Astrobiology Dome
We have a modern portable planetarium and a significant amount of experience operating in schools.
It holds 25 students and their teachers comfortably, and is used for audio visual experiences projected on the inside of a dome. This generates a fantastic experience that can be used to demonstrate many different environments.
Look through and learn about telescopes
One of the best things about space sciences is that we can observe space from the surface of the Earth, day and night. When we come to your event or school we can bring our solar telescope for safely observing the Sun and we also bring our refracting telescope that we use to observe the Moon during the day time, when it’s visible.
Workshops on telescopes, how to operate them and what to buy for your school are also available.
Explore extremophiles and learn about Astrobiology
Your students will handle a unique collection of extremophiles and learn about life in diverse environments.
New Zealand is one of the best places on Earth to study astrobiology.
Learn about our country’s contribution to astrobiology, analog places in New Zealand and elsewhere on Earth and in the Solar System.
With our six wheeled robotic models of Mars Rovers, students experiment how to control and move around complex terrain. In planning mode, they can simulate how a rover is really driven on Mars by planning a route and then sending the driving commands to the rover and then watching what happens!
Once a year, we hold a field trip to regions of interest for the origin of life and astrobiology in New Zealand.
Rotorua 2023 Join us April 17-19
Ages 13 and above
Explore space with our Virtual Reality headsets. Visit the International Space Station, see what it was like to launch with Apollo 11 or try out some orbital physics with your own asteroids. Go on a tour of the Solar System or even create your own solar system.
Our augmented reality 3D printed planets are a fantastic way to explore not only for visually impaired students but also for everyone else.
You’ll look at differences in the surface of Mars, Earth and the Moon, and explore the Solar System.
You can further explore them on your smart phone or iPad.
Learn the basics of physics with our water rockets programmes. With or without calculus – depending on the age of your students.
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News & Events
Teachers – Join us on an Astrobiology Field Trip to Rotorua from 17 to 19 April 2023.
Are you interested in learning more about astrobiology, the study of life in the universe? Do you want to explore some of the most amazing geothermal features and ecosystems in New Zealand? Do you want to network with other teachers and experts in the fields of space sciences?
Milky-way Kiwi attended New Zealand’s first aerospace summit, on 5th of October 2022.
The conference had more than 300 delegates participation and a programme with keynote addresses from Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck and NASA Deputy Administrator and former astronaut Pamela Melroy. The theme of the conference was “Building an Aerospace Nation”.