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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!
 

STEM Video Game Challenge + Science Talent Search!

Written by Jacqui on March 22nd, 2018.      0 comments

Looking to challenge your students this year?

Competitions and events in Victoria and nationwide! Become a mentor and help showcase your kids' awesome STEM talents! Get those registrations in for Science Talent Search and Australian STEM Video Game Challenge before closing!

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Register now!

Teaching Topics: edchat, edtech, events, gaming , teaching
 

Podcast: Australian F1 Grand Prix & STEM

Written by Ben Newsome on March 17th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 45 of the FizzicsEd podcast

With the goal of inspiring the next generation, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix has developed the Industry & Innovation Precinct as the destination for students taking part in the Driving Learning education program. Today we chat with Elyse Dawson, the Manager for Industry Integration at the precinct, where we find out how the hands-on learning opportunities and STEM challenges are designed to help students see endless opportunities.

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Industry and Innovation at the Australian F1 Grand Prix
The STEM in F1 up close!
Teaching Topics: edchat , podcasts, sport, STEM, teaching
 

Grant applications open for National Science Week!

Written by Jacqui on March 15th, 2018.      0 comments

Need funding for National Science Week 2018?

11- 19th August is National Science week! Planning on running an event for your students? Would love to see STEM activities for your kids to attend in your community? Grant applications have opened to all Australian schools, don't miss out!

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Be prepared for Science Week!

 

Podcast: Student fossil digs & more at Kronosaurus Korner

Written by Ben Newsome on March 11th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 44 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Museum Curator and Interpretive Manager Michelle Johnston drops by to chat about the growing educational opportunities being offered at Kronosaurus Korner, a working museum with nearly 1,150 unique fossil specimens from Richmond and the surrounding areas of northwestern Queensland. From public fossil digs to distance education, Michelle takes us through some of her learnings from her Churchill Fellowship in palaeobiology and remote palaeotourism.

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Kronosaurus Korner
Ancient fossils in outback QLD!
 

Famous Scientists & Their Jam: Rosalind Franklin and crystallography!

Written by Jacqui on March 8th, 2018.      0 comments

A practical experiment for a science history lesson!

We love a good hands-on experiment! Why not combine it with a story taken from the science history books? Here's one for understanding the work of Rosalind Franklin, the awesome scientist who used crystallography to decipher the secret structure of DNA!

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Great scientists from the past!

Teaching Topics: edchat, history , scicomm, teaching
 

Podcast: How Scienceability challenges stereotypes

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

Episode 43 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Siân Keys, an educator with a passion for breaking down barriers. On this episode you'll discover why she formed Scienceability, an organisation that challenges the traditional ideas of 'who does science' by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to lead science classes for the public during National Science Week.

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Scienceability with 2017 Inclusion Awrd
Challenging stereotypes in science!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , kids, podcasts, teaching
 

Winter Olympics 2018 - The science of figure skating!

Written by Harley on March 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

The science of Olympic sports!

Sunday night marked the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. So here is the final instalment of our coverage of this year's games: figure skating!

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Science of this graceful sport!

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

Podcast: Science parties are awesome

Written by Ben Newsome on February 28th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 42 of the FizzicsEd podcast

From running science parties across the UK to presenting at TEDx, Marc Wileman from Sublime Science brings a passion for teaching kids critical thinking. In this episode, we chat about just what is important when presenting science to students and how teaching risk-taking can help prepare kids for their future

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Marc Wileman from Sublime Science sitting amongst a dry ice cloud
Having fun with science!
Teaching Topics: edchat, kids, podcasts , scicomm
 

Winter Olympics 2018 - The science of cross country skiing!

Written by Jacqui on February 22nd, 2018.      0 comments

The science of Olympic sports!

The third instalment of our 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics coverage is here! This week we delve into the fascinating world of cross country skiing!

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The oldest type of skiing!

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

Podcast: How to nail a 3 minute thesis

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

Episode 41 of the FizzicsEd podcast

What makes an awesome science presentation? At the Postgraduate Research Forum Speakers at a 3-minute thesis pitch event at the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (UNSW BEES) you certainly can find out!  In this podcast, we chat with two of the finalists, Claire Brandenburger and Hayden Schilling, about what they did to prepare themselves to pitch their entire thesis in three minutes.

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Craft your pitch!
 

Winter Olympics 2018 - The science of bobsleigh!

Written by Jacqui on February 14th, 2018.      0 comments

The science of Olympic sports!

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are underway! Over the next couple of weeks Fizzics will bring you a series of blog posts about the science behind these exciting sports! In this post we'll be looking at the fast-paced sport of: bobsleigh!

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Go Team AUS!

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

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