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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'!


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

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

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!


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!


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!


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

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!


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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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


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