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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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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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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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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


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


How to improve school communication using Slack

Written by Ben Newsome on August 10th, 2016.      0 comments

Be less busy; Slack's tagline says it all!

Anyone who thinks that a school is easy to run most likely hasn't worked in one! It's no wonder teachers have little time to eat their lunch considering the never-ending list of demands placed on them.Thankfully there are many education apps that can make all the above much easier to deal with and one that just might change the game in your staff room could be Slack. This messaging app exploded onto the scene as a solution for busy teams... perhaps this might be a game-changer in your school?

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Reduce email & text clutter in your school


Fizzics wins CILC Pinnacle Award again!

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

Woohoo! Great news coming into the weekend :)

We've been running science classes across the world using video conferencing technology and over the past few years we've been quite involved with delivering programs to schools in North America via the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC).

As part of ensuring that quality distance learning programs are delivered, the 
Pinnacle Award is given annually to content providers. Find out more about how science can be delivered to anywhere there is internet here!

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Amusement arcade STEM - game on!

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

Roll up, roll up!

Science & math learning opportunities can be found in the most unlikely places! Amongst the predictable driving games and shoot 'em ups you can still find some old favourites that can illustrate some concepts in your classroom, you just have to aim the lesson at the right level.

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Two Skeeball ramps showing the score clock
Science for young and old


Create a class STEM pitchfest just like Shark Tank!

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

Students... pitch me your ideas!

The business pitching TV show Shark Tank and it's competitor Dragon's Den have certainly captured the public's imagination in the past year or so. Why not take this idea into your science classroom and create a STEM pitch fest? Not only will it be fun to see what your students come up with but the students will learn multiple skills:

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Creating a class STEM pitch fest
Teach the art of persuasion


Pokemon Go - Lesson ideas for the science classroom

Written by Ben Newsome on July 16th, 2016.      0 comments

An augmented reality gaming giant

Well, hasn't this app exploded across the world!?! With so many kids, teens and adults using Pokemon Go surely this is an opportunity for teachers to use this highly addictive content in the classroom to engage students, especially those kids that don't readily engage with your standard science lessons. 

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Pokemon Go screen shot
Chasing down strange reality


Ideas for teaching science to preschool children

Written by Ben Newsome on July 4th, 2016.      0 comments

Early learning science that works

There are so many options for teaching science in an preschool setting! Kids are highly inquisitive at this young age with an eagerness to investigate their world that older kids rarely match. Why not take advantage of this and create science lessons to match their enthusiasm?

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sights and smells
Curious kids love their science!


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