Papaaroa pupils take to the water

Monday July 02, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Year 7 and 8 students from Papaaroa School with their vaka creations in the lagoon on Tuesday. 18062902 Year 7 and 8 students from Papaaroa School with their vaka creations in the lagoon on Tuesday. 18062902

As part of a navigation unit in their Science class, Year 7 and 8 students from Papaaroa School launched their individual vaka creations on Tuesday.

Each student was required to build a vaka in just two weeks. with only re-usable materials

As part of the unit, the students learned about not only the science behind what moves their vakas, but also how to navigate the stars and how to read currents and wind direction.

Teacher Colleen Berry said the students had engaged well with the unit.

“I think having this practical component to our studies, always gets the students more engaged and they seem to sometimes learn more by doing rather than just reading and seeing.”

The vaka launching on Tuesday also coincided nicely with the students trip to the StarDome the week before, organised by the Cook Islands Voyaging Society.

Sam Timoko, from CIVS was present at the vaka launch and talked to the students about the Marumaru Atua.

Timoko reiterated that the student’s ancestors were voyagers and that voyaging was a big part of the Cook Islands culture.

He also invited the students to join the crew on the voyaging vaka Marumaru Atua once she was back on the water, to further their knowledge and involvement in voyaging.

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