Genesis School-gen and Emirates Team New Zealand are working together to roll out a range of activities and resources that use sailing and the America’s Cup as the real-life context for learning. Our aim is to help young New Zealanders understand how science, technology, engineering and maths are used in the race for the America’s Cup.
Harnessing the Power of Wind is a Year 5-8 Science and Technology resource that looks at how the power of wind can be harnessed. The resource is available to download here in English and Te Reo Maori.
Measuring Wind Power investigates how the energy of wind drives the America’s Cup boats and affects their speed. Aimed at Year 5-8, the resources are linked to the Maths curriculum. The resource is available to download here in English and Te Reo Maori.
Learn what makes a boat stable and what you need to make it move through the water more easily by doing this simple sailing boat activity. Download the activity here.
Four lucky schools got a visit from members of Emirates Team New Zealand in Term Four 2020 and saw the famous ‘Auld Mug’ – the America’s Cup Trophy – having won our America’s Cup Trophy experience competition.
The schools included Te Mata School in Havelock North, Peachgrove Intermediate in Hamilton, Lake Rotoiti School in Nelson Lakes District and Ravensbourne Primary School in Dunedin. Check out their winning entries here.
Each school also received $3,000 worth of science, technology, engineering and maths equipment which we hope will get them excited about these cool subjects.
What’s coming up next?
The Prada Cup kicks off racing in January and February of 2021, School-gen is thinking up all sorts of new activities and fun to get students involved and learning through the context of sailing. We are currently putting together a Sphero Bolt racing activity that will give students the chance to learn the basics of coding and then race their Sperho Bolt yachts around one of the America’s Cup race course in the Waitemata harbour. We’re also planning a Scratch competition in Term 1 of 2021.
Watch this space for updates!
Want more Activities?
Kōkōkaha – powered by wind
Yachting New Zealand is providing hands-on classroom activities and sailing experiences at clubs around the Aotearoa New Zealand. Students learn about wind and then design a technology that uses the power of the wind.
From a nation born of sailors
The NZ Maritime Museum will be providing high definition digital packages that take learners from the early voyagers to Aotearoa, to the history of the Cup, through to realising how New Zealand became a nation of expert sailors and innovators.
Manaaki Moana – Building NZ’s Blue Belt
A group of sailing clubs around the country will work with a cluster of schools or Kāhui Ako in their rohe to start building NZ’s Blue Belt as a means of restoring degraded habitats and marine ecosystems around our coastline.
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Young Ocean Explorers is running the 21 Day Challenge during the days leading up to the America’s Cup to engage and empower students to care for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Ko te Pātaka kai o Tīkapa Moana Te Moananui-ā-Toi.