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Google takes you inside the International Space Station

Written by Ben Newsome on July 22nd, 2017.      0 comments

Explore to your hearts content!

Ever wondered just what it would be like to tour the International Space Station? Well, with Google Maps you can! Google has teamed up with NASA to create a tour of all the sections of the ISS! Using your mouse or fingers you can look around each module to your hearts content, zooming on interesting technology and reading about the history, origin and the use of each module.

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Inside the ISS Cupola February 2017 Image via Google Maps
Out of this world!


Essential components of a STEAM lesson

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

It all about the Engineering Design Process!

When it comes to teaching kids about the design process in the real works, nothing beats a STEAM lesson (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics all meshed together). Students love a project-based lesson where they can explore their creativity to solve challenges using materials in new and interesting ways. There are many ways to create a STEAM lesson, however, the best lessons often have a number of common components that make the students outcomes shine. Consider these steps as part of your next STEAM lesson planning!

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soldering circuits
Students getting creative!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education, maker space , STEM, teaching

Podcast: Teaching design thinking with Makers Empire

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

Episode 10 of the FizzicsEd podcast

When it comes to design thinking, having students create 3D objects that solve a real-world problem is pretty close to a perfect lesson. In this talk with Mandi Dimitriadis from Makers Empire we discover just how far 3D printing has come (you can even print in chocolate!) plus the critical importance of project-based learning in allowing students to explore their own creativity.

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Mandi from Makers Empire
Teaching design thinking through 3D printing
Teaching Topics: edchat, edtech, education , podcasts, STEM, teaching

What is an ISTE conference actually like?

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

Discover one of the largest teaching events on the planet

Ever wanted to find out the latest and greatest technology tools, tips & tricks that'll spice up your learning space? More importantly, would you rather discover this information from educators that are actually using the technology in their classroom? Perhaps joining the next ISTE conference might be for you? Over 20,000 educators can't be wrong!

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Sign: Powerful learning starts here
It certainly does :)

Teaching Topics: edchat, edtech, events , teaching

Podcast: Combining science, sport & leadership with the GWS Giants

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

Episode 9 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Working with disadvantaged communities can be challenging yet incredibly rewarding. Meet Gavin Robertson, Ali Faraj and Emad Elkheir from the GWS Giants, a major football team who is not only kicking goals on the field but is also working tirelessly with schools, libraries, charities and more to unearth the biggest issues facing youth, families and the broader community in western Sydney. We discuss how the GIANTS care initiative is providing opportunities for students to discover leadership skills, goal setting and a love of learning through nutrition workshops, science shows, multicultural events and accelerator programs.

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GIANTS Care Initiative by GWS Giants
Working for western Sydney kids!

Podcast: How volunteering for museums opens doors & deepens knowledge

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

Episode 8 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Getting a gig at a major science museum can be highly competitive. We chat with Karen Player, Manager for Museum Outreach at the Australian Museum, who began her museum career in 1998 when she began volunteering on the museum floor. Plus we look at what it was like as an early career science presenter and discuss her current work with the Museum in a Box program, delivering science outreach events as well as the highs & lows of teaching classes via video conferencing.

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Karen Player from Australian Museum

From volunteer to outreach extraordinaire!

International Asteroid Day!

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

A great reason to talk about space science!

It's a day for education and awareness about the impact of asteroids on our planet and our lives, so why not include some of these ready-made resources in your lesson this week! With content from institutions like NASA and videos featuring real life astronauts and big name scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Bye and Stephen Hawking, what's not to love!

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Black background orange graphics Asteroid day 30 June with outline of bottom half of an asteroid
Raise awareness about asteroids!

Teaching Topics: edchat, scicomm, space science, teaching

Podcast: Talking #aussieED & with founder Brett Salakas

Written by Ben Newsome on June 26th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 7 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Primary teacher & #aussieED founder Brett Salakas is an inspirational educator who’s worked to create a global network of motivated people on Twitter to make educational theory into classroom practice that works. In this podcast we chat about his new work in where his mission is simple... to bring STEM education to young people everywhere, in a way that empowers them to shape their own future.

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Brett Salakas

Making STEM connections for teachers

Minecraft: science CAN be all fun and games!

Written by Jacqui on June 20th, 2017.      0 comments

STEM education through gaming!

Want your students to learn, create and collaborate while having tonnes of fun? Let us show you how with Minecraft, one of the most popular video games ever created! Gaming is an incredibly powerful avenue for teaching, so take advantage of this versatile game and get building!

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Screenshot of minecraft, player standing on green treetop overlooking blue lake and forest and sky
A treasure trove of science teaching tools!


Podcast: National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP)

Written by Ben Newsome on June 19th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 6 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet A/Prof Joanne Jamie and Dr Emma Barnes, two university biochemists from Macquarie University who have created the incredibly successful National Indigenous Science Education Program, an initiative designed to place Indigenous youth in leadership positions so they gain the confidence, motivation and skills to stay in school and consider pathways to higher education. NISEP brings together Indigenous elders, school students and educators together via a series of in-school, community and university science events and at the time of the interview incorporates 13 high schools from low socioeconomic rural, regional and metro areas and 3 universities, and annually places around 150 Indigenous students in leadership roles.

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National Indigenous Science Education Program logo: 3 hexagons in red, yellow and black shoing DNA strand, molecules and a gum leaf

Indigenous science that works

Podcast: Citizen science & entrepreneurial thinking in STEM

Written by Ben Newsome on June 13th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 5 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Inspiring Australia is a federally funded Australian program that works to increase engagement and interest in the sciences through sharing ideas, events and stories created by educators, researchers, and science communicators. Jackie Randles is the Manager of Inspiring Australia NSW and is heavily involved in helping science events, regional science hubs, citizen science projects and more find an audience across NSW. A huge number of free resources are discussed in this podcast… have a pen and paper ready!

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Jackie Randles
Creating STEM links across NSW!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts , scicomm, STEM, teaching

The science of: Fidget Spinners!

Written by Jacqui on June 12th, 2017.      0 comments

The latest fidget craze giving you headaches?

Fidget spinners becoming more of a distraction in the classroom than a tool to help kids focus? Why not turn it into a teaching opportunity! In this blog we delve into the physics of the Fidget Spinner and ideas for fun experiments to do with them. So next time you spot a student mesmerised by the spinning gadget during your lesson, despair no more!

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Thumb and middle finger holding blue spinning fidget spinner
The science of fidget spinners!


Podcast: What to know when putting together science festivals

Written by Ben Newsome on June 7th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 4 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Vanessa Barratt is a highly experienced science teacher and who has also worked for a variety of sites such as the Australian Museum, London’s Natural History Museum, Taronga Zoo and more. Her current role as a science communicator with Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden has seen her put on major science festivals such as Science in the Swamp in Centennial Parklands and Jurassic Garden in Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan. We discuss what it’s really like to put together a science festival that people will want to attend and lessons she’s learned whilst working closely with scientists to help them engage with the public.

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Vanessa Barratt teaching in Shenzhen (child holding paint roller and toilet paper with vanessa using a leafblower to make the toilet paper fly)
Taking science to the public!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , podcasts, scicomm, STEM, teaching

Podcast: Embedding language, culture and risk taking into science lessons

Written by Ben Newsome on June 2nd, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 3 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Maddie and Louka from the Education Changemakers drop by to chat about their work in supporting teacher-led innovation that is create stunning learning communities across the globe. We talk about the importance of threading culture and history into science lessons as well as why it’s ok to make mistake, make mess and allow students to challenge themselves when running science lessons that matter.

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Maddie & Louka from Education changemakers
Leading education innovation!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts, scicomm , STEM, teaching

Our comprehensive guide to SLIME!

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

Why slime?

They're making it at home, at school, and even selling it on the internet! Slime-making is the latest fad sweeping across the globe. We've combed the internet to bring you this extensive list of recipes, ideas and the science of slime!

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boy sticking tongue out while holding green slime with his fingers
Gross/Awesome sensory play!


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