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Why is science important?

Written by Ben Newsome on January 20th, 2018.      0 comments

... even if you're not a scientist

It would be hard not to notice the renewed focus on science & technology these days. Lately not a week goes by without the media discussing how science will impact on our lives and how the next generation needs to have a strong grasp of science to understand and thrive in a rapidly changing world. But what does this all mean for someone who's not a scientist?

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Boy looking into a microscope
Examine your world!

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

Most popular science teaching ideas of 2017

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

Science teaching ideas that people loved this year

What a year! This post lists 10 of the most shared science teaching ideas that we wrote in 2017. Some of these articles are perfect for teaching from preschool to Year 12, whereas others are more general nature. Either way, we've had a ball putting together these STEM ideas on the blog for you... enjoy!

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mixing it up
Just some of >100 teaching ideas!

Teaching Topics: education , scicomm, teaching

Safety first: What to watch out for when replicating experiments from the internet!

Written by Jacqui on December 13th, 2017.      0 comments

Stay safe while having fun!

Planning on ending the school year with a bang? Hoping to perfect that epic trick from a Youtube video over the holidays? Before jumping into recreating these exciting feats, here are some safety tips from us to help everyone have an awesome time over the summer break while staying safe!

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Holly from Fizzics blowing up a hydrogen balloon with a splint yellow fire ball to an audience of children
Blowing stuff up the safe way!

Teaching Topics: edchat, safety , scicomm, social media, teaching

Podcast: Educational Leadership

Written by Ben Newsome on December 10th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 31 of the FizzicsEd podcast

The Science Teachers Association of NSW exists to help teachers from all years and from all school types to learn from each other and to share best practice. This week we’re joined by Margaret Shepherd, president of STANSW and lecturer in science education, who shares her thoughts on educational leadership and the huge variety of experiments that can be used to grab the hearts and minds of students.

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Margaret Shepherd from STANSW
Collaboration & relationships matter!

10 Christmas science experiments for the holidays!

Written by Jacqui on December 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Christmas Science!

Looking for festive activities suitable for the whole family? Want to find ways to occupy the kids during the holidays? We have transformed our accessible, popular hands-on experiments to bring you a list of fun things to do over the summer break that will keep young minds engaged, with a Christmas twist!

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white crystals growing on the edges of green paper tree standing in a clear plastic container, pink background
Experiments for the holidays!


Science in Blaze and the Monster Machines

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

Preschool STEM on TV!

Science for preschoolers! Since 2014, Nickelodeon has run Blaze and Monster Machines, an animated cartoon series designed to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts to preschool children. Created by Jeff Borkin and Ellen Martin, Blaze and the Monster Machines highlights concepts such as friction, trajectories, volume and more for kids in a fun way! With an underlying STEM curriculum developed by Dr Christine M. Ricci, the show follows several monster trucks and two human characters who solve challenges using their knowledge of STEM.

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STEM in Blaze and the Monster Machines
Science made accessible


Podcast: Flame Challenge!

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

Episode 30 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Since 2012 the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science has been running a global competition called The Flame Challenge’. Here, scientists from around the world compete to create a compelling visual or written explanation for a scientific concept, whereby entries are judged by thousands of 11-year-old children! In this episode we chat with Johanna Howes, the visual submission winner of the 2017 question ‘What is Energy’, where we learn why its so important to make your explanation understandable, interesting and entertaining

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Johanna Howes
What is Energy?
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts, scicomm, teaching

Podcast: Making Science Engaging

Written by Ben Newsome on November 25th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 29 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Dr Simon Crook, Founder of CrookED Science, drops by to discuss his work with schools across Australia in building science capacity. Nominated on the Educator Magazine’s Hot List for 2017, Simon reflects on what makes a great science lesson and the importance of working collaboratively.

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Dr Simon Crook
Making science engaging!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts, scicomm, STEM, teaching

Visit National parks using Google Street View!

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

Take a walk on the wild side!

Planning a bush walk and not too sure what to expect? Why not get trail-side using Google Street View? A couple of years ago, NSW National Parks & Wildlife partnered with Google to use the Trekker, a backpack-mounted 360-degree camera and GPS system that allowed NPWS officers to walk popular as well as more inaccessible national park trails to capture the trail as it really looks!

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Coast walk Royal National Park
Explore the great outdoors!

Teaching Topics: biology , edtech, environment, outdoors

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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white teabag with black ghost face white tag red lighter on brown wooden board
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

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