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Podcast: Adventure Learning with the Bookend Trust

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

Episode 62 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ever wanted to go on an adventure? Well, Andrew Hughes from the Bookend Trust does this for a living and through Expedition Class he inspires student young and old to learn more about our environment & our heritage. From hiking the wilds of Tasmania to sea kayaking around Papua New Guinea, Andrew takes adventure learning for students to another level!

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Andrew hughes camped in upper florentine

Inspiring kids to learn about the outdoors

Dipnetting for the National Waterbug Blitz!

Written by Ben Newsome on July 22nd, 2018.      0 comments

Contributing to the nation's knowledge

It doesn't matter whether you are young or young at heart, you can help ecologist's understanding of the health of our waterways by participating in the National Waterbug Blitz! So, pop on your gumboots and wade on in :)

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Dipnetting for Australian Waterbug Blitz
Citizen science for all ages!


Podcast: DigitalEd & the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Written by Ben Newsome on July 18th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 59 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Bringing students into the great outdoors offers them the opportunity to enjoy and discovery unique natural environments through meaningful, quality and fun educational experiences. Listen in to hear the latest updates from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Education Team about how they inspire students and teachers to get outdoors and connect with nature.

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National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW logo

It's all about connecting learners to the outdoors

Podcast: Youth Eco Summit

Written by Ben Newsome on May 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 55 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Very much a fixture of the school excursion calendar, the Youth Eco Summit is a major environmental education festival held in Sydney Olympic Park. In 2018, the summit will include student drama, film, music, debate, TED-style talks and global video exchanges. Find out more!

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Youth Eco Summit

Inspiring sustainability for future generations

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!

Podcast: Student STEM tours with Latitude Group Travel

Written by Ben Newsome on February 12th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 40 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ever wanted to bring students to the where the science is actually happening? Jenny Murphy and the team at Latitude Group Travel do exactly that, creating extraordinary student STEM travel experiences to sites across Australia and around the globe. From taking students to high profile sites such as CERN & NASA through to field trips to the Great Barrier Reef & more, Latitude Group Travel have created a fantastic offering for schools wanting to expand their student's horizons!

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Latitude Group Tours STEM visit
Life-changing STEM tours!
Teaching Topics: environment, outdoors , podcasts, scicomm , STEM

Winter Olympics 2018 - The science of curling!

Written by Jacqui on February 7th, 2018.      0 comments

The science of Olympic sports!

Tomorrow marks the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Over the next several weeks Fizzics will bring you a series of blog posts about the science behind these exciting sports! First up: curling!

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Winter Olympics PyeongChang2018 logo rings blue yellow black green red
Let the games begin!

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

Podcast: Australian Age of Dinosaurs

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

Episode 39 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ever wanted to know what it's really like to work at a Dinosaur Museum? Well now's your chance as Education Coordinator & Laboratory Supervisor Steven Rumbold takes you behind the scenes at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. Situated in the heart of regional QLD, this museum is a thriving research facility where you and your students can join real dinosaur digs and help unearth Australi's ancient past. 

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Steven Rumbold at AAOD in front of dinosaur bone plaster jackets on racking
Uncovering Australia's ancient history!

Podcast: Reef HQ Aquarium & enviroED

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

Episode 38 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Craig McGrogan, an incredibly dedicated environmental educator at ReefHQ who for many years has run science workshops, citizen science and ecotourism programs in the heart of tropical north QLD. ReefHQ is the National Education Center for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority whose mission is to inspire everyone to protect and conserve the world's largest reef system. We chat about the educational school programs on offer, how tertiary students from across the globe can engage in real science on the reef itself as well as their multi-award-winning distance education program and more!

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Scuba diver with a camera on a reef
Underwater science up close!

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

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: What you can discover at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Written by Ben Newsome on August 13th, 2017.      3 comments

Episode 14 of the FizzicsEd podcast

A botanic garden is more than just a collection of pretty flowers; they’re a living laboratory used by botanists, plant pathologists, historians, geologists, students and more. In this podcast Mary Bell tells us how students can learn about our landscapes, vegetation and heritage whilst visiting one of Australia’s premier outdoor spaces. From the science of chocolate to plant collections created by Sir Joseph Banks, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is certainly thriving in the heart of the city.

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Mary Bell from Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Making botany rock!

Podcast: Combining science, sport & leadership with the GWS Giants

Written by Ben Newsome on July 11th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 9 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Working with disadvantaged communities can be challenging yet incredibly rewarding. Meet Gavin Robertson, Ali Faraj and Emad Elkheir from the GWS Giants, a major football team who is not only kicking goals on the field but is also working tirelessly with schools, libraries, charities and more to unearth the biggest issues facing youth, families and the broader community in western Sydney. We discuss how the GIANTS care initiative is providing opportunities for students to discover leadership skills, goal setting and a love of learning through nutrition workshops, science shows, multicultural events and accelerator programs.

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GIANTS Care Initiative by GWS Giants
Working for western Sydney kids!

Science for kids at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Written by Ben Newsome on April 22nd, 2017.      0 comments

Biology in the heart of the city

Taking kids around the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney can offer so many learning opportunities! This week we completed another round of kids holiday science programs at the Maiden Theatre in the gardens and we couldn't help but incorporate a guided walk as part of the biology workshop we were running. So, with camera in-hand we took photos and discussed a number of things with the kids about the science all around them. It's such a fantastic open space in the heart of Sydney, we reckon you'd love to find out more about this place too!

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Red flower
Botany on show!

Teaching Topics: biology, edchat, kids , museums , outdoors, STEM, teaching

Things kids can learn about the environment whilst kayaking

Written by Ben Newsome on February 13th, 2017.      0 comments

Science in a kayak!

Taking the kids kayaking out on the local lake, dam or creek not only gives them something to do away from the screen, it also brings a perfect chance to teach them about the environment whilst getting active!  So with this in mind, what can kids learn about the environment whilst in a kayak?

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Green Kayak at Lake Parramatta
You better believe that's a paddlin'!

Teaching Topics: edchat , environment, outdoors, STEM, teaching

Science kids can learn whilst fruit picking

Written by Ben Newsome on February 8th, 2017.      0 comments

Getting kids outdoors

Taking kids fruit picking not only exposes them to the outdoors but gives you the opportunity to teach them agriculture and science too. There are a number of concepts kids can learn when they visit an orchard or vegetable plot, topics which can certainly be worth talking about whilst on-site and on the drive home!

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Picking peaches off a tree

Fun whilst learning about agriculure
Teaching Topics: biology, edchat, education, outdoors , teaching

Things kids can do without the internet

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

Kids activities that don't need a computer or smart device

Getting kids to peel their eyes away from the screen doesn't have to be like pulling teeth; you just need to create some enticement for them! There is so much kids can do without the need for the internet and to be honest once kids get started they pretty much forget about their computers in the process...

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Square wheel car
Activities away from the screen

Teaching Topics: edchat , kids, outdoors , STEM

20 ways to impart a love of science with your kids

Written by Ben Newsome on October 11th, 2016.      0 comments

Inspire their curiosity!

So you love science & technology? Want to impart this enthusiasm onto your kids? No problem! Children are born as curious learners and exposing them to science doesn't have to be an arduous and formal process. Given this, here's just some of the ways you can introduce them to the wonders of science without burying them in a textbook or spending time with a tutor...

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balance bird
How to develop budding scientists 


Ideas for citizen science for your students

Written by Ben Newsome on August 30th, 2016.      2 comments

Help scientists, help the world

The rise of citizen science projects has helped working scientists extend their reach through simply having more people on the ground contributing to data. Joining in citizen science projects not only teaches your students scientific thinking, it also teaches them to care for their world and create lasting links with responsible citizens working to make a difference. 

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Water scoops in Centennial Parklands
Students can contribute too


Lesson ideas to use in your school garden for STEM

Written by Ben Newsome on August 18th, 2016.      0 comments

Get your green thumb on!

Students absolutely love getting their hands dirty in the garden. The traditional school garden offers a great chance to not only teach students about growing and caring for plants but also the importance of biodiversity, how agricultural science impacts their everyday lives and even local culture & customs. Lets look at how you can put science into your school garden...

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School vegetable plots
A chance to get students outdoors


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