Teacher notes

A steel beam is lifted into place on the Karapiro Gully viaduct, Waikato Expressway.

The virtual tour of the Waikato Expressway is aimed at students in Years 5 to 10. It is designed as a self-guided or collaborative learning resource that teachers can use to support literacy and numeracy, inquiry learning and outcomes within specific learning areas.

The virtual tour aims to

  • provide an authentic context that teachers can build on to deepen the purpose of learning
  • spark students’ civic imagination as they relate to national infrastructure projects
  • illuminate how people working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers (STEM) participate and contribute to New Zealand society.

Videos and short web pages provide an introduction to several topics.

Longer articles provide students with reading material on specific topics.  These articles can be read online or downloaded and printed. Each article is around 1000 words long. These have been assessed using the New Dale-Chall Readability Tool and were rated as US Grades 7-8 (approx. New Zealand Years 8-9). Text features such as subheadings, bullet points, photos and captions enhance the readability for a wider ability range.

Curriculum links

Technology: Karapiro Viaduct

Longer article: The right bridge for a tricky place
Technology: technological modelling, characteristics of technology, characteristics of technological outcomes. Science: earth systems (rocks and soil, earthquakes), physical world (forces). English: ideas, language features and structure.

Relating to the environment

Longer article: The bat detectors
Science: nature of science, living world (life processes, ecology). English: ideas, language features and structure.

Links for more information

Waikato Expressway
Project overview and updates from each of the seven sections that are under construction or being planned.

Waikato Expressway on Facebook
Get all the latest updates and photos here.

Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway (Youtube playlist)

Long-tailed bat (Department of Conservation)

Bats (Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand)

The Safe System Approach (Safer Journeys website)