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Podcast: STEAM Up the Classroom with Tori Cameron

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

Episode 65 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Join Tori Cameron, host of the STEAM Up the Classroom Podcast, as she describes her journey in creating a STEAM lab at her school in Massachusetts, USA. We discuss the importance of low and high tech when it comes to maker spaces, how to source materials, ideas for engaging the wider community and much more!

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Tori Cameron in the classroom

A passion for STEAM in the classroom!

Podcast: The Science and Engineering Challenge

Written by Ben Newsome on June 19th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 57 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Listen to Dr Terry Burns as he describes why science & engineering challenges help students prepare to work collaboratively and creatively in real-world environments.

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Challenging students Australia-wide to expand their creativity

Essential components of a STEAM lesson

Written by Ben Newsome on July 20th, 2017.      0 comments

It all about the Engineering Design Process!

When it comes to teaching kids about the design process in the real works, nothing beats a STEAM lesson (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics all meshed together). Students love a project-based lesson where they can explore their creativity to solve challenges using materials in new and interesting ways. There are many ways to create a STEAM lesson, however, the best lessons often have a number of common components that make the students outcomes shine. Consider these steps as part of your next STEAM lesson planning!

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soldering circuits
Students getting creative!


Podcast: Teaching design thinking with Makers Empire

Written by Ben Newsome on July 17th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 10 of the FizzicsEd podcast

When it comes to design thinking, having students create 3D objects that solve a real-world problem is pretty close to a perfect lesson. In this talk with Mandi Dimitriadis from Makers Empire we discover just how far 3D printing has come (you can even print in chocolate!) plus the critical importance of project-based learning in allowing students to explore their own creativity.

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Mandi from Makers Empire
Teaching design thinking through 3D printing

Podcast: Why establishing science clubs for preschoolers works

Written by Ben Newsome on May 26th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 1 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Adam Selinger from the Children’s Discovery Museum in Wollongong discusses why establishing science clubs in libraries for children under 5 years old through the Little Bang Discovery Club has been such a success. We also chat about the importance of allowing kids to guide their own learning and experience failures when exploring science experiments and maker space challenges.

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Adam Selinger podcast picture: Adam helping a little girl walk across a log
Helping preschoolers learn!

Science you can do with a leafblower!

Written by Ben Newsome on January 26th, 2017.      0 comments

Bring out the power!

Who doesn't science when it's super-sized!?! A leaf blower is such a ubiquitous tool for the home and kids know it put out a fair bit of air ... why not use it to teach kids about air pressure in some fantastic science demonstrations that'll certainly grab their attention :)

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Leaf blower demo during big science by a Fizzics educator
Leaf blower science!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , maker space , STEM, teaching

Top tips for 3D printing in schools

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

Simple things to consider when 3D printing.

3D printing offers so much for students and educators to explore design! The technology has exploded across schools as the barriers to entry have dropped; it is becoming quite common to see a 3D printer in high schools and the trend is spreading to primary schools as teachers create maker spaces in their classrooms. Still, as with any technology there is always a learning curve and as such it is helpful to know the variety of factors that are worth considering. 

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3D printed balloon dog
Get creative!


Ideas for using drones in science education

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

Bring out the drones!

The advent of drones has been heralded a potential game-changer in certain industries. Quite a few readers will be well aware of Amazon's interest in creating delivery drones for their online shopping business via Amazon Prime Air, you might have even heard of Dominos Pizza Delivery drone too. So, lets look at some ways you can work with your student's interest in this technology to give students a new view of science from above!

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Drone for education
A birds-eye view of their world


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"


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