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Hot Topic: Volcanoes!

Written by Jacqui on June 16th, 2018.      0 comments

Things to learn from Mt. Kilauea's eruption!

Are your students currently working through their module on natural disasters? With the ongoing eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii, now is a great time to talk about volcanoes if you haven't already!

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Volcano aerial view kilauea
Volcano facts and current events!

Teaching Topics: edchat, environment , scicomm, teaching

Tips for explaining abstract concepts to early learners

Written by Ben Newsome on June 4th, 2018.      0 comments

Making key concepts understandable for young children

Explaining science & technology to early learners can be quite the challenge, especially when the ideas you want to convey are difficult for kids to visualise. In this article, we look into some ways to break down the communication challenge and make your preschool science lessons more meaningful for children!

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Helping kids understand their world

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , preschool, teaching

Podcast: Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Written by Ben Newsome on June 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 56 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Amanda Fox, an amazing educator and expert in digital technology in the classroom. An ISTE Emerging Leader & PBS Digital Innovator, get ready with pen and paper as in this episode you'll learn from Amanda about a bunch of platforms and ideas for using virtual reality in education plus much more!

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Amanda Fox

Taking VR to new levels
Teaching Topics: edchat, edtech, education, podcasts, STEM , teaching

Dollar stores: A treasure trove of materials for teaching science!

Written by Jacqui on May 31st, 2018.      0 comments

What can you find at your local discount store?

Join Jacqui on a shopping trip to look for inexpensive teaching materials for your next science lesson. Cheap finds and science experiment hacks in this week's blog!

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Thrifty science resource ideas!

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

Podcast: Youth Eco Summit

Written by Ben Newsome on May 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 55 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Very much a fixture of the school excursion calendar, the Youth Eco Summit is a major environmental education festival held in Sydney Olympic Park. In 2018, the summit will include student drama, film, music, debate, TED-style talks and global video exchanges. Find out more!

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Youth Eco Summit

Inspiring sustainability for future generations

Podcast: #PrimarySTEMChat with Rachael Lehr

Written by Ben Newsome on May 19th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 54 of the FizzicsEd podcast

#PrimarySTEMChat comprises a group of highly motivated primary science educators who chat every Thursday night on Twitter about all things primary STEM! Science and digital technology specialist Rachael Lehr drops by to talk about what she knows works in a primary science classroom and the importance of open-ended investigations for growing minds.

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Rachael Lehr

It's all about STEM for the younger years!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts, STEM, teaching

Plastics and Us

Written by Jacqui on May 17th, 2018.      0 comments

Why does plastic have such a bad rep?

The invention of synthetic plastics has led to great leaps and bounds for technological progress and our society. This week we look at the chemistry of plastics and the global shift towards reducing plastic usage!

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Plastics are everywhere!


Podcast: Townsville STEM hub & more

Written by Ben Newsome on May 14th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 53 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Sarah Chapman is on a mission to inspire the next generation of STEM thinkers in QLD and beyond. From setting up the North QLD STEM Hub in Townville to spreading her knowledge gained from her recent Barbara Cail Fellowship into women in STEM, her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. As part of the expert advisory board for Women in Science Australia and the head teacher of science at Townsville State High School, wonder she received the Prime Minister’s Secondary Science Teaching Prize in 2013!

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Sarah Chapman

Inspiring QLD students!

Podcast: YouTube & Science Content

Written by Ben Newsome on May 5th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 52 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ever wondered whether a science video on YouTube, Vimeo or similar does the best job it can in teaching students science? PhD candidate Petr Lebedev from the School of Physics at the University of Sydney is researching exactly that. For Petr, it's not just the content that matters... it's also about whether the video grabs the viewer's attention enough to create deeper questions and reflections on the science behind the visuals.

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Petr Lebedev

Researching impacts of YouTube in science reflection
Teaching Topics: edchat , education, podcasts, scicomm, teaching

Toyota Community Trust and the Mirai!

Written by Jacqui on May 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

Good news for Melbourne's western suburbs!

The Toyota Community Trust is supporting an amazing initiative for STEM education in the western suburbs of Melbourne. In this week's blog, read about science clubs, FREE professional development sessions, and Holly test driving the new hydrogen fuel cell car: the Mirai!

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Mirai: the future!

Teaching Topics: club , edchat, teaching

Podcast: California Academy of Sciences Virtual Field Trips

Written by Ben Newsome on April 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 51 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Virtual science field trips can transport students to any point around the globe in real time. Today we speak with Jacque Benitez, a distance learning science specialist for the California Academy of Sciences. From running programs on astronomy through to penguins, Jacque knows how to engage remote audiences with real-time experiences about their world.

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Jacque Benitez from California Academy of Sciences

Connecting learners globally

Podcast: Why data science is essential

Written by Ben Newsome on April 22nd, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 50 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Dr Linda McIver started out as an Academic with a PhD in Computer Science Education. When it became apparent that High School teaching was a lot more fun, Linda began a highly successful career at John Monash Science School, where she built innovative courses in Computational and Data Science for year 10 and year 11 students. Nominated one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM in 2017, Linda is passionate about creating authentic project experiences to motivate all students to become technologically and data literate.

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Dr Linda McIver

Teaching students to understand data
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , maths, podcasts, STEM, teaching

SciComm-edy! Science and comedy at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Written by Jacqui on April 18th, 2018.      0 comments

More than just science jokes!

This week we explore a slightly different medium for science communication. The Fizzics Victoria Team checks out some science-related acts at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

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Science through hilarious storytelling!

Teaching Topics: edchat , events, outreach, scicomm

Podcast: STEMpunk

Written by Ben Newsome on April 15th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 49 of the FizzicsEd podcast

This week it's a dual interview... one between Tom Gordon who helps anchor the STEMpunk podcast and Ben from the FizzicsEd podcast! Tom Gordon is a highly accomplished science communicator, where his work at Kickstart at the University of Sydney gives him the chance to show high school students what it is really like to run experiments at the school of physics. In this episode both Tom and Ben interview each other about their thoughts on STEM and why science literacy is so important. Something a little different!

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STEMpunk podcast

Interviews on STEM
Teaching Topics: edchat, podcasts, scicomm , STEM

Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast!

Written by Jacqui on April 12th, 2018.      0 comments

More science of sports!

2018 is the year for international sporting events! This month the Commonwealth Games are being held right here on our soil, in sunny Gold Coast. Here is a round up of fun science facts about some of the events at the Games, get your students to add to the list!

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Sports + Science!

Teaching Topics: edchat, events , scicomm, sport, teaching

Podcast: Sydney Science Festival

Written by Ben Newsome on April 8th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 48 of the FizzicsEd podcast

The Sydney Science Festival celebrates and showcases Sydney’s diverse and multidisciplinary science and innovation community through a program of talks by world-leading researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions and family events exploring all areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Today we speak with the event producers, Catherine Polcz, the Program Producer (Science) from the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences and Ellie Downing, the Manager for Science Engagement and Events at the Australian Museum.

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Sydney Science Festival

Science shines in Sydney!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , podcasts, scicomm, STEM

Science and Cooking: Mayonnaise!

Written by Jacqui on April 5th, 2018.      0 comments

Learn about emulsions!

Make your own mayonnaise with just a few ingredients for a lesson in food chemistry! An hands-on activity about how different liquids can interact for the classroom or home without using any heat!

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Tasty food chemistry!

Teaching Topics: edchat, food, kitchen chemistry , teaching

Podcast: Inclusion in STEM with the Warren Centre

Written by Ben Newsome on March 31st, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 47 of the FizzicsEd podcast

From inspiration at school through to developing the next entrepreneurial leaders in STEM, the Warren Centre’s Inclusion² program is designed increase young women's participation and leadership in STEM. Partially funded under the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, Inclusion² together with help from Rare Birds is genuinely about making a difference. Today we speak with Alexandra Harrington, Chief Operating Officer of the Warren Centre to find out more!

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Alex Harrington
Promoting inclusion of women in STEM
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , podcasts, STEM

Let's be label conscious: Science and maths lessons from product labels!

Written by Jacqui on March 29th, 2018.      0 comments

What can we learn from a label?

Pick up any food or cosmetic product and there's a label telling you all about what it's made of. But what are these chemical names? What do these codes mean? How do we know we are getting what we are paying for? Find out how to turn an ordinary label into a lesson packed with science literacy and maths that your students can apply in their everyday lives!

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What's in my snack?

Teaching Topics: edchat, food, maths , scicomm, teaching

Podcast: STEAM at the Museum of the Riverina

Written by Ben Newsome on March 25th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 46 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Students creating museums exhibitions? Love it! In this episode we speak with Sam Leah who is working on "STEAM the Museum", a project where an opportunity class from Sturt Public School are working to create an interpretative robotic display that will tell the story the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Wagga Wagga, NSW. From meshing coding & the arts together to designing interpretative displays, this project is all about students making history come alive.

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Samantha Leah
Inspiring students in the museum!

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