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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

Things kids can learn about the environment whilst kayaking

Written by Ben Newsome on February 13th, 2017.      0 comments

Science in a kayak!

Taking the kids kayaking out on the local lake, dam or creek not only gives them something to do away from the screen, it also brings a perfect chance to teach them about the environment whilst getting active!  So with this in mind, what can kids learn about the environment whilst in a kayak?

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Green Kayak at Lake Parramatta
You better believe that's a paddlin'!

Teaching Topics: edchat , environment, outdoors, STEM, teaching

Science kids can learn whilst fruit picking

Written by Ben Newsome on February 8th, 2017.      0 comments

Getting kids outdoors

Taking kids fruit picking not only exposes them to the outdoors but gives you the opportunity to teach them agriculture and science too. There are a number of concepts kids can learn when they visit an orchard or vegetable plot, topics which can certainly be worth talking about whilst on-site and on the drive home!

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Picking peaches off a tree

Fun whilst learning about agriculure
Teaching Topics: biology, edchat, education, outdoors , teaching

Things kids can do without the internet

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

Kids activities that don't need a computer or smart device

Getting kids to peel their eyes away from the screen doesn't have to be like pulling teeth; you just need to create some enticement for them! There is so much kids can do without the need for the internet and to be honest once kids get started they pretty much forget about their computers in the process...

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Square wheel car
Activities away from the screen

Teaching Topics: edchat , kids, STEM

Science you can do with a leafblower!

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

Bring out the power!

Who doesn't science when it's super-sized!?! A leaf blower is such a ubiquitous tool for the home and kids know it put out a fair bit of air ... why not use it to teach kids about air pressure in some fantastic science demonstrations that'll certainly grab their attention :)

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Leaf blower demo during big science by a Fizzics educator
Leaf blower science!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , STEM, teaching

10 Science experiments for toddlers

Written by Ben Newsome on December 22nd, 2016.      0 comments

Toddler science made simple!

Are there science experiments that a 2 year old could do? Absolutely! Young children are rapidly learning about their world through their 5 senses and as such you can easily provide rich experiences that show how the world works just by targeting sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. In this post we look at some simple ways you can start introducing science to your toddler.

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making sherbet
Science for early learners!

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

Top tips for 3D printing in schools

Written by Ben Newsome on December 14th, 2016.      0 comments

Simple things to consider when 3D printing.

3D printing offers so much for students and educators to explore design! The technology has exploded across schools as the barriers to entry have dropped; it is becoming quite common to see a 3D printer in high schools and the trend is spreading to primary schools as teachers create maker spaces in their classrooms. Still, as with any technology there is always a learning curve and as such it is helpful to know the variety of factors that are worth considering. 

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3D printed balloon dog
Get creative!


How to teach classification with simple stuff

Written by Ben Newsome on December 5th, 2016.      0 comments

Teaching kids to sort things logically

So you want to teach your students how biologists classify organisms but you're a bit short of materials to use? Get creative! You don't have to have a bunch of museum quality specimens on hand to teach kids how to group things based on similarities. There are plenty of things you could use, even if they have nothing to do with living things!

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Pile of Lego
Lego® can teach Biology!

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

Ideas for setting up a primary science room

Written by Ben Newsome on November 28th, 2016.      0 comments

Making science accessible & fun

Engaging kids in science can be a breeze if you prepare the right environment. Normally in most primary schools there just isn't enough space for a room like this but in this case the school had definitely done a great job in making the most of it!

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Primary science classroom exploratory material
An inviting room for students!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , STEM, teaching

Fizzics joins Top 100 coolest companies in Anthill Awards

Written by Ben Newsome on November 19th, 2016.      0 comments

Annual award shortlist announced

Fizzics Education has been named amongst the top 100 coolest' companies in Australia by Anthill Magazine, an entrepreneurial publisher that works to develop fast-growth innovative private companies. The finalists will be announced later this week but for now all of us at Fizzics want to thank everyone who has supported throughout the past 12 years; it's been amazing!

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Top 100 Cool Company 2016 by Anthill Magzine
Anthill Magazine Awards

Teaching Topics: Awards, scicomm

Science in public... brilliant communication by Yarra Trams!

Written by Ben Newsome on November 13th, 2016.      0 comments

Great science communication saves lives!

Every now and then you stumble across an important message that is just conveyed perfectly. We were in Melbourne last week for another PwC 21st Century Minds workshop and couldn't help yet again but notice they bold yellow and black signage at every Yarra Tram stop in the city centre. A simply brilliant blend of science communication made simple!

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Drivers beware safety sign by Yarra Trains
Driver beware!

Teaching Topics: edchat, scicomm, STEM , teaching

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