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Podcast: Teachers helping teachers

Written by Ben Newsome on November 17th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 28 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Cherine Spirou and the team at the Lachlan Macquarie College works with hundreds of science teachers across NSW. Working in partnership with the Western Sydney University School of Science and Health, the team puts together a variety of student science events and PLN conferences & meetups, all aimed at accelerating our high schools understanding of their world.

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Cherine Spirou
Helping hundreds of teachers across NSW!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts , STEM , teaching
 

Podcast: Field studies at Sydney Olympic Park

Written by Ben Newsome on November 11th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 27 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Just across from the mangroves in Sydney Olympic Park is an education center designed to help students to discover more about their environment. We caught up with Danielle Leggo, who as the education coordinator at SOPA has very much had the opportunity to see first-hand the positive impact that biological field studies and nature walks can bring to kids from urban centers.

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Danielle Leggo
Getting kids into nature!
 

Garden chemistry: pH indicators in your backyard!

Written by Jacqui on November 9th, 2017.      0 comments

From colour-changing teas to blossoms in your garden!

Now that the weather is warming up, why not get your students out and about for some chemistry in the garden! Learn about colourful plants, acids and bases, and DIY pH indicators with this simple experiment!

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pink petals in clear pyrex bowl
Colourful chemistry by nature!

 

Podcast: Code like a Girl

Written by Ben Newsome on November 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 26 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ally Watson co-founded Code like a Girl after experiencing first-hand the barriers women have in the male-dominated computer science and developer industry. Code like a Girl aims to change the playing field, with a strong focus on mentoring girls in coding and computational thinking in a creative environment that sparks a love of logic and leadership.

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Ally Watson from Code like a Girl
Inspiring leaders!
Teaching Topics: coding, edchat, edtech, kids , podcasts, STEM
 

What makes an awesome science presentation?

Written by Ben Newsome on November 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

Wow them!

Yesterday I was privileged to be invited to help judge the Postgraduate Research Forum Speakers at a 3-minute thesis pitch event at the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (UNSW BEES). What a fantastic event! During this jam-packed morning, I got to hear about the amazing and highly varied research that is being conducted at UNSW BEES and to listen to post-graduate speakers articulate their findings to a general audience. From investigations in morbidity in tailor populations through to discussions on ancient bacterial fossils found in West Australian sediments, the competition centered around the heart of science communication!

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UNSW BEES 3 minute presentations
Pitching science to audiences
Teaching Topics: edchat, events , scicomm, teaching
 

Filming for The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

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

Promoting the work of the Churchill Fellows

Last night we were invited by The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to film a series of segments with Blue Clay Creatives as part of helping to spread the message of the Churchill Fellowships to a new generation. The Churchill Trust has partnered with NBCUniversal and Focus Features to tie-in with the upcoming film, 'The Darkest Hour' a film where Gary Oldman portrays Sir Winston Churchill during the height of the Battle of Britain.

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Filming for Churchill Trust
Science on camera!
Teaching Topics: Churchill Fellowship, media , scicomm
 

Halloween science: 10 festive experiments for the classroom!

Written by Jacqui on October 30th, 2017.      0 comments

Scary science!

It's that time of the year again! This week we can expect droves of kids and adults in costume, handing out candy, and much more! Why not add a festive flair to your next science demonstration, or spooky activities at your themed party? We've compiled a list of our classic experiments that can easily transform into the highlight of your Halloween celebrations!

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Science experiments for Halloween!

 

Podcast: Neil Bramsen on the importance of primary science education

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

Episode 25 of the FizzicsEd podcast

We speak with Neil Bramsen, recent winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and Assistant Principal at Mt Ousley Public School in NSW. From students counting birds for citizen science to using drones & robotics, Neil’s passion for STEM clearly shines through!

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Neil Bramsen in front of a window
Primary Science Matters!
 

Funny videos that help highlight challenges in teaching mathematics

Written by Ben Newsome on October 24th, 2017.      0 comments

Using Hollywood to teach numeracy

Unless you can give hands-on examples as to how the mathematics works, a learner will consolidate their misunderstandings if not given shown concrete evidence that contradicts their understandings. This got us thinking, what other movies also highlight the importance of numeracy? Time to open the movie vaults!

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Ma and Pa kettle dividing 25 skit
25 divided by 5 = 14???
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , STEM, teaching
 

Podcast: Accelerating STEM in Preschools

Written by Ben Newsome on October 20th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 24 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Little Scientists Australia is a nation-wide accelerator program for preschool teachers wanting to make STEM shine for early learners. Funded by the Australian Federal Government and supported by PwC, the Little Scientists team is helping prepare young minds by building capacity.

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Sibylle Seidler and Heike Schneider from Little Scientists
Accelerating STEM in Preschools!
 

Podcast: Live at EduChange… it’s #EC17!

Written by Ben Newsome on October 14th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 23 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Hundreds of educators & innovators converged on Melbourne’s Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building to challenge thoughts & create new ideas around how we all can support schools to extend students learning. Since the launch of EC14, Educhange has rapidly grown into the most exciting education event in Australia. Supported by the Education Changemakers and drawing upon talented innovators from the across the globe, Educhange is certainly well worth putting in your diary each year!

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Educhange 2017
Innovators & educational risk-takers unite!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , events, podcasts, teaching
 

How to create a student science podcast

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

Help students spread their ideas!

Podcasting also offers yet another opportunity for your students to engage with their world digitally. Armed with a microphone and a recording device, your students could be sharing their ideas and insights gained as they conduct science at your school and beyond! The content they could produce doesn't need to be groundbreaking nor something required for student assessments, it just needs to be engaging for the intended audience and motivating for your students to put together.

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Rode podcaster
Going live!
 

Podcast: How the ASTC helps science centers shine!

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

Episode 22 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Even the best science & technology centers in the world need a support network. Ann Hernandez drops by to discuss how the Association of Science-Technology Centers helps over 600 members across 50 countries make their exhibitions even more interactive and engaging than ever for ages young and old.  

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Ann Hernandez from the ASTC
Helping science centers shine!
 

Podcast: How Refraction Media is highlighting STEM careers

Written by Ben Newsome on September 28th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 21 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Karen Taylor-Brown drops by to share how their Careers with STEM and Careers with Code publications are helping students learn about what really is available to them once they leave high school. We also discuss ways that your students can get involved in submitting articles to science publishers and how to grab the attention of the editors.

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Karen Taylor-Brown from Refraction Media
Showcasing STEM careers
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts , scicomm, STEM, teaching
 

Educhange 2017 wrap up - Part 3!

Written by Jacqui on September 28th, 2017.      0 comments

Fizzics at Educhange 2017!

Last day at the beautiful Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building for Educhange 2017 for the Fizzics team, we decided to go out with a bang (or several)! Follow our blog posts to check out the cool people we've heard from and chatted to as well as keeping up with the shenanigans we get up to at the conference!

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educhange logo orange
Crazy about education!

Teaching Topics: edchat, educhange , events , teaching
 

Educhange 2017 wrap up - Part 2!

Written by Jacqui on September 27th, 2017.      0 comments

Fizzics at Educhange 2017!

The Fizzics Education team sets up shop in the beautiful Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building today, geared up to meet people and share our passion for doing awesome science stuff! Follow our blog posts to check out the cool people we've heard from and chatted to as well as keeping up with the shenanigans we get up to at the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building!

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Ben from Fizzics telling a group of girls and women a story
Doing awesome science stuff!

 

Educhange 2017 wrap up - Part 1!

Written by Jacqui on September 26th, 2017.      0 comments

Fizzics at Educhange 2017!

Holly and the Fizzics Education Victoria team is in Melbourne this week for Educhange 2017! Follow our blog posts to check out the cool people we've heard from and chatted to as well as keeping up with the shenanigans we get up to at the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building!

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Edtech galore!

Teaching Topics: edchat, edtech, educhange, events
 

Podcast: Inspiring critical thinking with Living Maths

Written by Ben Newsome on September 23rd, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 20 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Steve Sherman, TEDx speaker & Director of Living Maths, shares his highly student-centered approach to teaching mathematics & logical reasoning. In many ways it’s not about how integers are moved in equations, it’s about producing a learning environment that students can thrive in.

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Steve Sherman of Living Maths
Inspiring critical thinking!
 

Podcast: Establishing a bone museum in regional QLD

Written by Ben Newsome on September 17th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 19 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Deb and Jaimie Cook, two highly motivated educators who are putting together the Gympie Bone Museum Project in QLD. This is on top of running two successful STEM businesses in Dissection Connection and RockHoundZ. So much science, so little time!

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Deb and Jaimie Cook
Supporting regional QLD!
 

Podcast: The impact of the National Youth Science Forum

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

Episode 18 of the FizzicsEd podcast

We speak with two alumni from NYSF, a not-for-profit organisation that has been running STEM residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science since 1984. This episode looks at the positive impact that this enrichment experience can have on school students and how the skills they learn are highly beneficial for early career scientists.

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Inspiring kids since1984!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , gifted , podcasts, teaching
 
 

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