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Science memes you can teach with

Written by Ben Newsome on April 30th, 2016.      0 comments

How to use memes as a powerful way to engage students.

Who doesn't love a chuckle? When you enter most science faculty staff rooms you'll undoubtedly notice a variety of humorous education and science memes posted on the walls. Funny memes connect with people in a way that other media doesn't... so why not use these as an engagement tool in your science classroom?

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Create a meme where do I start
The value of memes in class


Classroom science blogging: document, engage & inspire!

Written by Ben Newsome on April 26th, 2016.      0 comments

Create a education blog to engage students and be proud of!

Why not have your students create a blog about their science experiments and subsequent discoveries in a safe site you control! Students love to hear from other students. They like to share stories, behind-the-scenes video, funny anecdotes and above all they love to have ownership over what they are doing in the classroom. We look at not only the benefits but also the easy steps you can take to get your students involved!

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Student using a laptop
Get students documenting!


Fizzics wins at the 2016 Australian Small Business Champions Awards

Written by Ben Newsome on April 24th, 2016.      0 comments

Wow, another business award for Fizzics Education!

After an awesome evening meeting business leaders from across the country, our team was proud and delighted to be recognised as the 2016 winner for the Education Services category at Australia's national small business awards evening. Thank you to everyone's continuing support in getting science education to kids across Australia and around the workd!

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Fizzics Education wins Australian Small Business Chamions Award for Educational Services in 2016.
Thanks to our team & clients!

Teaching Topics: Awards , edchat, education , events, scicomm, STEM

Establish a Maker Space and join the movement!

Written by Ben Newsome on April 22nd, 2016.      0 comments

Why not truly allow kids to express their creativity?

We love the Maker movement! The popularity of Maker spaces, Maker fairs, Maker nights and more has just grown and grown from a grassroots movement to a worldwide phenomenon to bring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics together where students can tinker and explore new ways of using materials and tech creatively. We look at what you can do to begin the establishment of your own Maker space on your school grounds and highlight the benefits to students!

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nySci Maker space with kids completing building challenges with lengths of wood
Maker spaces are the "in thing"


Variables & fair testing; teaching the heart of science experiments

Written by Ben Newsome on April 19th, 2016.      0 comments

How are good experiments constructed in the first place?

Anyone can follow a science experiment from beginning to end but fewer people can construct a fair experiment in the first place! In this article we delve into the ways in which scientists create experiments that can be fairly tested and then reproduced by others to make sure that the results are repeatable. Plus just as importantly, we look at how teachers of all levels can instill this methodology in their own classrooms.

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Kids using pipettes to run an experiment on a plate
Running science the real way

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

Scenarios that spark students interest in science!

Written by Ben Newsome on April 15th, 2016.      0 comments

Scenarios always grab attention and fire up the imagination in students!

Creating a scenario that challenges students to solve a mystery or puzzle is always great fun. When this is combined with a concrete timeline to get the study done and a requirement for the student to present their findings in character, you've got yourself a lesson that kids will remember for years! 

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Forensics scenario in classroom
Now this is an attention grabber!

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

International Day of "-----"... there's a STEM learning opportunity here!

Written by Ben Newsome on April 14th, 2016.      0 comments

Want to create a buzz in your school? Perhaps the United Nations focus campaigns might be a way to do it!

There are so many global challenges that scientists, engineers, doctors, mathematicians and more are coming to grips with and its these very challenges that when described properly can really lift the attention and therefore engagement of your students. Why not use these focus topics at your school?

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Blue United Nations logo
Global focus days also focus students

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

Teachers Toolbox - inexpensive materials that teach science at a pinch

Written by Ben Newsome on April 12th, 2016.      0 comments

Would you be prepared to run a STEM lesson at a moment's notice?

We have a look at the simple science materials you can always have on hand to run engaging science lessons that learners will care about and where you don't have to scramble for that missing ingredient. It's time to stock your 'go box!'.

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Ping pong ball, glass, tissue paper and container of water on a black table
Simple materials that teach


The seed of an idea: using stimulus material to prompt a discovery mindset

Written by Ben Newsome on April 6th, 2016.      0 comments

Ever wondered what is going through the kids minds when they first enter your classroom?

Apart from the usual chatter about they did on the weekend, what happened on TV last night and the standard hustle to get their bags packed away, kids are also both consciously and subconsciously looking around your classroom to see what you've got in store for them. This begs the question... what do you do to grab their attention when they first walk in the door?

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5 Red and orange flowers in water each in test tube being held by a white test tube holder
Increasing thinking with props

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

Hidden lessons for kids when making a science party cake

Written by Ben Newsome on April 3rd, 2016.      0 comments

We've been running hundreds of science parties every year since 2004 and one thing we've noticed is just how creative parents can be! 

Who doesn't love the look of a ferocious looking dinosaur cake or a volcano cake with bubbling lava coming out of the crater! It might sound a bit odd at first, but there are a variety of science learning outcomes when it comes to making a party cake.

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Cake shaped as an eyeball surrounded by cupcakes made to look like eyeballs as well.

Creative science party cakes!

Teaching Topics: kids , kids parties, scicomm, STEM

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