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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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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!

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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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!

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 creating 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!

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