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Podcast: The importance of scientific literacy & student-led project-based learning

Written by Ben Newsome on May 27th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 2 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Isabelle Kingsley, a former science teacher who now heads up the Sydney Science Festival as well as adult programming at the Museum of Applied Arts Museum in Sydney. I In this episode we talk about the importance of scientific literacy and value of allowing students to explore their learning through guided long term science projects.

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Isabelle Kingsley
Improving scientific literacy!


Podcast: Why establishing science clubs for preschoolers works

Written by Ben Newsome on May 26th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 1 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Adam Selinger from the Children’s Discovery Museum in Wollongong discusses why establishing science clubs in libraries for children under 5 years old through the Little Bang Discovery Club has been such a success. We also chat about the importance of allowing kids to guide their own learning and experience failures when exploring science experiments and maker space challenges.

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Adam Selinger podcast picture: Adam helping a little girl walk across a log
Helping preschoolers learn!

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Beyond the volcano: vinegar and bicarb soda experiments for the classroom!

Written by Jacqui on May 21st, 2017.      0 comments

What else can you teach with vinegar and bicarb soda?

Got some vinegar and bicarbonate soda leftover from making a volcano? Need a quick and easy science experiment or demonstration to do with your students, using only what you've got in the pantry? We've compiled a list of fun stuff you can do with these two common ingredients, and the science you could be teaching with them!

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Boy pouring bicarbonate soda mix into volcano
Twists on this classic science experiment!


FizzicsEd podcast about to be released!

Written by Ben Newsome on May 18th, 2017.      0 comments

Hot off the press!

We've been very busy chatting with nationally recognised educators and science communicators over the past couple of weeks to pull together some fantastic STEM education podcasts for you to enjoy. No matter whether you're teaching science in grade 1, running a high school lab or delivering science shows in a museum, this show helps you teach science & technology the way kids want to learn.

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Fizzics Ed podcast logo (green, blue and white)
Let them cre

Teaching Topics: podcasts

Science songs: teaching science through the power of music!

Written by Jacqui on May 14th, 2017.      0 comments

Can you teach science through songs?

Music is a fun and accessible way to inspire learning. Why not add a musical flair to jazz up your STEM lessons? Engage kids with catchy melodies and clever lyrics for more effective learning. Get your students involved, then watch them teach themselves and their classmates through creative song-writing!

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Confident baby with text
Learn science through songs!


Ideas for teaching creativity in STEM lessons

Written by Ben Newsome on May 6th, 2017.      0 comments

Get creative!

Sparking creativity in students in some ways is not a challenge, kids are naturally creative regardless of their background. As such weaving some creative aspects into your next STEM lesson will definitely be welcomed in your classroom! There many ways to approach this, however the following ideas can guide the development of a great lesson that students will remember.

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Paper plane making
Let them create stuff!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , scicomm, STEM, teaching

Science for kids at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Written by Ben Newsome on April 22nd, 2017.      0 comments

Biology in the heart of the city

Taking kids around the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney can offer so many learning opportunities! This week we completed another round of kids holiday science programs at the Maiden Theatre in the gardens and we couldn't help but incorporate a guided walk as part of the biology workshop we were running. So, with camera in-hand we took photos and discussed a number of things with the kids about the science all around them. It's such a fantastic open space in the heart of Sydney, we reckon you'd love to find out more about this place too!

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Red flower
Botany on show!

Teaching Topics: biology, edchat, kids , museums , outdoors, STEM, teaching

How to pick a great educational science toy

Written by Ben Newsome on April 12th, 2017.      0 comments

What do we look for in science toys?

Science educational toys, they're everywhere! A trip to the shopping mall will take you quickly past racks of toys and gizmos, each proclaiming a variety of educational benefits that be gained. The question is, are the claims for these educational toys all that they're stacked up to be?

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Tornado twister science toy
Science toys engage kids!

Teaching Topics: edchat, preschool, STEM, teaching

Robo Wunderkind: early years robotics & blocks combined

Written by Ben Newsome on April 6th, 2017.      0 comments

Building robots just got better

Delivering school STEM workshops across the country is such a rewarding job, especially when you get to hear from motivated teachers about the new edtech solutions they've come across! This week was one of these weeks where we heard about Robo Wunderkind, a combination of robotics and building blocks that's bound to grab kids attention!

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Robo Wunderkind with a Lego man on top
Cute, but with power under the hood


Fizzics wins NBN major grant to build education studio

Written by Ben Newsome on March 29th, 2017.      0 comments

New science education about to be built!

Woohoo! Fizzics Education was announced as a major grant recipient of $25K from the ‘Grow with nbnTM' program. The new funding will now allow Fizzics to create a purpose-built distance education space, complete with a chroma-key green screen, sound proofing and the ability to run concurrent video conference sessions.

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Fizzics boiling water demo in video conference
We're looking forward to build!


Animated science infographics we love!

Written by Ben Newsome on March 27th, 2017.      0 comments

Science made visual!

Using science infographics in the classroom can be a quick way to get students to quickly visualise the ideas you're putting forward. Why not look further for some animated versions which grab the attention of the students and dive deeper into the detail?

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animated wooden person
Animation is always better!


Our most popular science teaching ideas of 2016

Written by Ben Newsome on March 18th, 2017.      0 comments

So many science teaching ideas!

Recently we were asked about which of our science teaching articles have been the most popular for teachers. No problem! In this article we list 10 of the most shared teaching articles we wrote in 2016. Some of the articles are fantastic for K-12 teaching whilst others are more specialized, however all of them can be handy to have in the back of your mind whilst integrating STEM in your classroom.

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Fizzics science blog
Science ideas worth sharing


Teaching Topics: edchat, education , scicomm, STEM, teaching

Creating short Instagram videos as a student STEM challenge

Written by Ben Newsome on March 9th, 2017.      0 comments

BYOD in action...

As we all know, students love smart phones! Why not take advantage of the content creation apps available on smart phones to get students to create informative short science videos they can upload onto Instagram?
Every day in your classroom students gain new insights and in doing so create their own interpretation of how the world works, this is a fantastic opportunity for students to use their devices as a creative outlet to share their knowledge in a medium they love.

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Instagram in the science classroom
Get your devices ready!
Teaching Topics: Apps , edchat , edtech, social media, STEM, teaching

6 tips for teaching students to create awesome science posters

Written by Ben Newsome on March 1st, 2017.      0 comments

Grab the attention!

Presenting the context to students doesn't just have to be as part of an assessment component; the ability to create a science poster is an important skill for scientists wishing to summarize their research findings at conferences to attract discussion or even win funding for further research! So with this in mind, the following lists some ideas that students can use to help out their thoughts together...

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Microbes poster at Mt Keira Demonstration School
Make it fun!

Teaching Topics: edchat, scicomm , STEM, teaching

Filming for Create on ABC Me

Written by Ben Newsome on February 21st, 2017.      0 comments

Lights, camera, action!

Last week Ben in Melbourne had a blast filming a series of fun space science experiments for an upcoming episode of Create on ABC ME. From modelling meteorites creating craters on the moon through to demonstrating phases of the moon using Oreo cookies, Ben clearly had an awesome time working with the talented team at the ABC studios in Melbourne

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Ben hamming it up at ABC ME studios
It was very, very serious :)

Teaching Topics: edchat, STEM, television

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