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Frequently Asked Questions

For students

Q:  How do I get onto the programme?

A:  If you would like to participate in the programme, please talk to your Biology teacher. Your teacher will register your school and will receive the logon for the wiki site.


Q:  How much will I have to pay?

A:  This is a free programme open to all Year 13 Biology students in NZ schools.


Q:  What if I am the only biology student in my school?

A:  If you are in an area school or home school situation where you are the only biology student or in a very small class - you are most welcome to participate.  If you are in a school, please ask your teacher to register your school.  If you are home schooled please contact us at and include your name and contact details.


Q:  I can't remember my password for the wiki. What do I do?

A:  Go to the Login page (Click on Log In/Create Account in the grey box on the left).  Enter your username and click on the box Email Password.  If you want a school password, the email will be sent to the person who first registered the school.  If this person has left, then email our Helpdesk and they will reset your password.


Q:  Do I need to log in to be able to download the seminar papers?

A:  No you don't. You only need to log in if you want to post a question or take part in the post-seminar discussions.  Logging in allows you to edit the wiki.


Q:  I can't remember how to edit the wiki.

A:  Instructions for how to find your way around the wiki, how to use the seminar chat and how to edit the wiki can be found on the discussion page for each event.



For teachers

Q:  How do I register my school for the seminars?

A:  An on-line registration form will be available prior to the next seminar.  An information sheet for School Principals outlining the programme can be downloaded here .

A small number of schools will be asked to participate in evaluation of the programme.  An example of the 2008 Student Evaluation Form is available to view here.  If you have any queries please contact


Q:  How much will the seminars cost?

A:  This is a free programme open to all Year 13 Biology students in New Zealand schools.  Home School students are welcome to participate but must register.

The school is responsible to provide the technology required to access the broadcast - either by Satellite Television or the KAREN National Education Network.  Access via Satellite Television is not expensive.  This involves having a set top box and satellite dish (like a sky dish).  Even if you do not have a sky dish in your school, this will be a total investment of less than $500 for your school.


Q:  Technology - How do I receive the seminars?

A:  Schools can receive the seminar via Satellite Television or the National Education Network.