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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

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