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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!

 

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!

 

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

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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!

 

How to teach science using role plays

Written by Ben Newsome on November 1st, 2016.      0 comments

Using role plays to grab the imagination!

Role playing in education has been used for years as a tool for kids to understand the world around them. By combining play, games and simulation in scenarios that teach science, students get a real feel for what it is like to be in the real situation. The main thing is that you'll need to do a bit of thinking and pre-planning so that your role play in the classroom has the best chance of succeeding!
 

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role play as a vet
It's more than just dress-ups!

 

The value of DIY skills for science educators

Written by Ben Newsome on October 26th, 2016.      0 comments

Why DIY skills are valuable in science class

Being able to apply DIY skills to science education is an incredibly useful skill to have! In this post we look at how the ability to fix and create apparatus and science projects can help in a busy science education faculty.

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Drop saw cutting metal
Time to get handy!

 

10 TED talks on science teaching to check out

Written by Ben Newsome on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

TED talks that grab your attention!

Love teaching science? Want get more inspired? Why not listen to these awesome people talking about the way they teach science & imaginative thinking via some TED talks? These people are fascinating to listen to and in many ways embody the essence of great teaching practice. From turning trash into science toys to meshing art & STEM together, these speakers make you want to change the face of education.

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audience
Inspiring minds sharing ideas 

 

20 ways to impart a love of science with your kids

Written by Ben Newsome on October 11th, 2016.      0 comments

Inspire their curiosity!

So you love science & technology? Want to impart this enthusiasm onto your kids? No problem! Children are born as curious learners and exposing them to science doesn't have to be an arduous and formal process. Given this, here's just some of the ways you can introduce them to the wonders of science without burying them in a textbook or spending time with a tutor...

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balance bird
How to develop budding scientists 

 

12 science podcasts for teachers & students

Written by Ben Newsome on September 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Science, straight to your phone!

The explosion of podcasting in the past few years offers busy teachers an awesome opportunity to subscribe to science content that you simply don't get on most standard radio stations. Find out more about some of the best science podcasts going around!

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podcast microphone
STEM Podcasts for the inquiring mind

 

Collaborative schools creating STEM events

Written by Ben Newsome on September 7th, 2016.      0 comments

Schools working together for student STEM outcomes

The Peninsula Community of Schools on the Sydney's northern beaches ran an awesome STEM day at Narrabeen Sports High School as part of National Science Week celebrations. Here we look at the outstanding outcomes that can be achieved when primary, high and tertiary schools work together.

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DC motor powered boat
Students solving challenges together

 

Ideas for citizen science for your students

Written by Ben Newsome on August 30th, 2016.      2 comments

Help scientists, help the world

The rise of citizen science projects has helped working scientists extend their reach through simply having more people on the ground contributing to data. Joining in citizen science projects not only teaches your students scientific thinking, it also teaches them to care for their world and create lasting links with responsible citizens working to make a difference. 

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Water scoops in Centennial Parklands
Students can contribute too

 

How to teach robotics without a robot or even a computer!

Written by Ben Newsome on August 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Can they program you?

One of the most captivating ways of teaching coding is whereby you deploy robotics in the classroom. Even if your school is short on cash, you can still teach the principles robotics without a robot in your room!

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Teaching robots without computers or robots!
No robots, no problem!

 

Holly wins Young Business Executive at the WSABE Awards!

Written by Ben Newsome on August 20th, 2016.      0 comments

Well done Holly!

Since 2004 I've worked with some fantastic people in science communication and it was great to see one of our own get recognised for the hard work she's done to help Fizzics Education reach >300,000 kids a year. Last night Holly won the Young Business Executive section of the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence amongst some fantastic individuals from across the Sydney basin.

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Holly at WSABE 2016 awards
Woohoo!

 

Lesson ideas to use in your school garden for STEM

Written by Ben Newsome on August 18th, 2016.      0 comments

Get your green thumb on!

Students absolutely love getting their hands dirty in the garden. The traditional school garden offers a great chance to not only teach students about growing and caring for plants but also the importance of biodiversity, how agricultural science impacts their everyday lives and even local culture & customs. Lets look at how you can put science into your school garden...

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School vegetable plots
A chance to get students outdoors

 

Ideas for using drones in science education

Written by Ben Newsome on August 15th, 2016.      0 comments

Bring out the drones!

The advent of drones has been heralded a potential game-changer in certain industries. Quite a few readers will be well aware of Amazon's interest in creating delivery drones for their online shopping business via Amazon Prime Air, you might have even heard of Dominos Pizza Delivery drone too. So, lets look at some ways you can work with your student's interest in this technology to give students a new view of science from above!

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Drone for education
A birds-eye view of their world

 
 

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