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Ask me a question...

From April to October, school students (up to Year 8) have the opportunity to have our experts answer their questions on a range of topics from space/astronomy to globalisation, with the topic changing each month.

Our “Ask me a question” programme will be focussing on a particular topic each month, and we invite primary school students (up to Year 8) to submit a question on that topic. 

Our experts will then select two questions per week to answer, and these will be posted on this website and sent out to schools around the country.

If your question is selected you will not only get an answer, but will get a certificate from the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

How to submit your question

Here are the three easy steps to submit your question:

  1. Download the 'ASK ME A QUESTION' FORM
  2. Fill in your details and question 
  3. Send the completed form to askmeaquestion@royalsociety.org.nz

Entries are now open! 

Look at the table below for which topic we are currently seeking questions on and start thinking about your question for future topics!

 

Material World  

For example, your question could be about chemical reactions, chemical matter and properties...  'What’s in sunscreen that protects you from the sun's rays?’ or ‘Why does jelly wobble?’

 

 

April

Physical World

For example, your question could be about forces, motion, gravity, magnetism, light, sound, waves, electricity...

Questions to be received by 24 April

 

May

CURRENT TOPIC: Space/Astronomy

For example, your question could be about planets, stars, space travel...

Questions to be received by 24 May

 

June

Living World

For example, your question could be about plants, animals, the world around you, groupings of plants and animals, extinction...

Questions to be received by 23 June

 

July

Technology

For example, your question could be about product development, computers, robotics...

Questions to be received by 24 July

 

August

Planet Earth & Beyond

For example, your question could be about landforms, rocks, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, soil, landslides...

Questions to be received by 24 August

 

September

Social Science/Globalisation

For example, your question could be about the movement of people and how it affects cultural diversity and interaction within New Zealand, navigation, rules and laws, how people make decisions, how people influence places and how places influence people, cultural practices...

Questions to be received by 25 September

 

October