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"Tupaia: Master Navigator", School Journal, Level 3, August 2019

20 August 2019

First two pages of journal article

This the story of Tupaia, a navigator and high priest from the island of Rā‘iātea.

You can find the story and the teaching notes here:

"Tupaia: Master Navigator", School Journal, Level 3, August 2019

Other useful resources

Discussion questions

  • What navigation tools did Tupaia use and understand that were part of his Tahitian culture?
  • What navigation tools are used by ships today?
  • Can you trace the development of navigational tools over time alongside what was happening in the world at the time and the new technologies that became available?
  • How have the development of navigational tools impacted on society?
  • Explore the navigation tools/systems used by Tupaia and navigators today. What knowledge do you think Tupaia and navigators today consider useful to successfully navigate the Pacific Ocean?

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Note: Students could also partake in technological practice and create a technological outcome (using a variety of technological areas e.g. digital, materials, processing, or design and visual communication) to share the story of Tupaia with their community. They could also develop a technological product that celebrates the story of Tupaia.

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology
  • describe how societal and/or environmental issues can influence what people decided to make, how they would undertake planning, the selection of resources, and how they would make and test an outcome
  • explain why particular technological outcomes have changed over time
  • describe examples of how technology has impacted on the social world over time 
  • describe examples of how technology has impacted on the natural world over time
  • identify that technological knowledge is knowledge that technologists agree is useful in ensuring a successful outcome.

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