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X-ray Powers

Episode:111Te Papa Collection:Natural Environment

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 5

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Science: Nature of Science

Description:Understanding the structure and history of items in Te Papa's collections often involves looking beyond the surface. A special collaboration between scientists at Te Papa and GNS Science means that items such as precious taonga can be explored inside and out, without causing any damage.

Questions for students

  1. Why do Te Papa's curators need to see inside things? Why can't they simply cut things open?
  2. Riria Hotere says Te Papa curators get their vision from partners at GNS Science. What is GNS Science? What does the word 'partners' mean in this context? What does it imply about the way scientists in both places work together?
  3. What are some other uses of x-ray scanning? What other kinds of scanning do you know about and what are they used for?
  4. Based on what you've seen and heard, write some key questions about this topic and use several sources of information to find answers. Use the 'Key questions' response template to make notes as you work.
  5. If you had access to a scanner like the one shown in the Tale, what would you be curious about? Describe something you'd like to scan and explain your reasons.

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Key questions