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The History of the Physics Teacher Resource Bank

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Our History

The New Zealand Physics Teachers’ Resource Bank has been supporting New Zealand physics and science teachers since 2004. All of our materials are developed together with the best experts on secondary teaching: the secondary teachers themselves. Nearly all of our resources support the NCEA curriculum directly or indirectly. The Resource Bank is now supported and maintained by the New Zealand Institute of Physics.

Our Unique Approach

One of the biggest difficulties with teaching science in New Zealand is that many of our students see science as something that is done by other people in other places. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact New Zealand is a physics powerhouse per capita. Our unique approach seeks to dispel this myth while supporting teachers. We do not have scientists showing physics to the school students. Instead, our resources feature New Zealand university and secondary school students doing and obviously enjoying physics. The secondary school students and New Zealand University students explain the physics to other New Zealand students!


The enthusiasm of lots of students and their teachers sustains all of us. We have had a lot of help and many useful suggestions from participating university students, some of whom plan to have careers in teaching.


The development of this resource bank has been sponsored by:

  • The New Zealand Institute of Physics
  • The MacDiarmid Institute
  • The Victoria University School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
  • The Victoria University Faculty of Science Office
  • Te Puni Kokiri