Posted by: utufiu | May 24, 2012

Viewing our Bacteria.

We have now learnt how to culture bacteria and measure the amount of bacteria on our agar plates. We swabbed our palms ( treated and untreated) 5 times with a cotton buds. We will then spread the it on the agar plate and wrap it to seal it just in case more bacteria gets in . After that we then put it in the incubator for 2-5 days for about 30 degrees Celsius.

So we now have a method for testing the hand sanitiser and soap after we have washed our hands.

5 days later we bring out the agar plates from the incubator and saw that the bacteria colonies have grown. We saw the bacteria in big bunches of colonies. We are so excited because this is the first time we’re seen bacteria. We then had a feeling this was going tto be very fun getiing our results

Posted by: kimmeeee | May 17, 2012

We (Kim and Mar…

We (Kim and Marion) have slightly changed our “does make up affect peoples’ self esteem” project. First we will give some girls a test that we have made up, about their history with make up. There will be questions like, do you wear make up? do you think 13 year old’s should wear make up? etc. There will be four answers, strongly agree, agree, disagree, and strongly disagree, and the girls will have to pick one. Then, once they’re finished, we will mark their tests, and choose the one’s that pick strongly agree or strongly disagree for their answers. We will make up 30 girls, 15 from each strongly agree (SA) and strongly disagree (SD) and split them into 3 groups each, making 6 groups. On 2 of the groups (one from SA and one from SD) we will put no make up on, for 2 more groups we will put some make up on them, and for the last two groups we will put lots of make up on them. We will be the ones putting the make up on, and we will give them a certain amount of time to look at themselves. We will also be praising them as we put the make up on. We will then give them the test we found from the University of Maryland, The Rosenberg Self esteem scale. We would have given them this before we put the make up on them, so we will have two sets of the same test for each person, and we average and compare the results.










Posted by: vaeleil | May 10, 2012

Lately I have b…

Lately I have been reading that worm juice may improve plant growth;

The worm juice could be improving growth by adding nutrients to the soil or maybe reducing diseases.

I would like to investigate whether worm juice has an effect on stopping disease growth on root vegetables,

What I would like to find is whether worm juice helps plants grow better by having an impact on soil disease.

I think potatoes would be a good plant to test as I have found that there are lots of soil borne diseases that can affect potato plants.

Posted by: utufiu | May 10, 2012

Hand Sanitizer

We are students that attend Tamaki College and are interested in finding out if hand sanitizers kills all bacteria on hand and how effective they really are.

We did some reading and found out that hand sanitizer only kills bacteria while soap washes away the bacteria,so we want to compare thee two methods of cleaning.



Hi my name is Tevita Masila and my science fair partner is Tino Malolo and we are discovering if effect’s of loud music is on people’s concentration while doing their work at home or at school and if it difficult for them to concentrate 

Posted by: mainmanwillz | May 3, 2012

physical re-enforcement

We  are  students at Tamaki college studying the effects of positive, negative and no re-enforcement towards people playing sports and physical education. we would appreciate any advice from whoever’s out there.  :)

Posted by: kimmeeee | May 3, 2012

Kim and Marion…

Kim and Marion’s idea is to test if personal appearance (especially make-up) affects self confidence. We are thinking that we can find a test on line but we can’t find a good one yet.


Posted by: kubke | June 5, 2010

We have our first map

Hello everyone,
We have been quiet, but that does not mean we have not been working on the project. But up again with heaps of new information.
Our citizen scientists have been keeping us busy, and the number of sightings have made it increasingly difficult to work on the google docs worksheet. We are now working offline on the data and we have produced this ‘preliminary’ map of the sightings. As soon as the worksheet is cleaned up and double checked for errors it will be uploaded to google docs again so that everyone has access to all the data.

So, here is a first map. The locations are not the exact address of each sighting (we need to check on some privacy issues around that) but quite near to the actual location of the sighting.

You will notice that we have had a good coverage of reports of Tui, but also that the sightings are quite tied to population densities in New Zealand. This is to be expected, but of course creates a degree of bias in the data. And this is something that we need to take into account for the final analysis.

But when I look at the map, I have to confess I am really amazed at the amount of contributions that all of you have been producing, so a big pat on the back to all of the New Zealanders that are participating in the project.

We are now also analyzing in a bit more detail the demographics of the contributions, and those should be posted soon. We are still accepting contributions, so please continue to visit the site and stay in touch with the new things that will be happening!

Posted by: kubke | March 20, 2010

Brain Day, bigger, longer, uncut

[Cross posted from Building Blogs of Science]

If you have been paying attention, you might have been hearing a rise in stories related to brains in the media (I will be blogging about some of them soon). This is because this has been Brain Awareness Week. My first (ever) post on a blog (now defunct and reborn here) was indeed one describing my last year’s experience organizing for the 3rd time the Open Brain Day at the University of Auckland.

A year has gone by, and I am sitting at this year’s Brain Day that is being held at the Business School’s Owen Glenn Building at the University of Auckland. This year we are also celebrating the launch of the Centre of Brain Research, which launched towards the end of last year, finally replacing the Auckland Neuroscience Network.

For the first time, I can look at the day without the pressure of running after a myriad of details. And this year we are bigger, longer and uncut. (Well, the latter not so true since we have some cut brains to show you what they look like on the inside).

If you have come to brain open days before, check it out again. If you haven’t then this would be a great time to start.

Posted by: kubke | February 28, 2010

Thank you Vodafone New Zealand for your gift

Well, some of you may know this already, but for those who don’t, here are some really nice news. On the last post, I told you how PopSciNZ went camping, and we talked to the group about Citizen Science New Zealand. And here is a picture of Matt and Fabiana talking about the Tui Project.

Matt and Fabiana, Image by Titine (cc-BY-SA)

Our new phone!

At the meeting we also had a chat with Paul Brislen from Vodafone New Zealand, who, generously gave us a great mobile phone to be used by Citizen Science New Zealand. The phone he sent us (a vodafone XP3 Quest, similar or the same as the one on the left) is classified under ‘rugged’ in their site, and it is even waterproof! So there is nothing stopping us now!

Please join me in thanking Paul and Vodafone for such a generous gift!

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