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Plastics and Us

Written by Jacqui on May 17th, 2018.      0 comments

Why does plastic have such a bad rep?

The invention of synthetic plastics has led to great leaps and bounds for technological progress and our society. This week we look at the chemistry of plastics and the global shift towards reducing plastic usage!

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Plastics are everywhere!


SciComm-edy! Science and comedy at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Written by Jacqui on April 18th, 2018.      0 comments

More than just science jokes!

This week we explore a slightly different medium for science communication. The Fizzics Victoria Team checks out some science-related acts at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

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Science through hilarious storytelling!

Teaching Topics: edchat , events, outreach, scicomm

Grant applications open for National Science Week!

Written by Jacqui on March 15th, 2018.      0 comments

Need funding for National Science Week 2018?

11- 19th August is National Science week! Planning on running an event for your students? Would love to see STEM activities for your kids to attend in your community? Grant applications have opened to all Australian schools, don't miss out!

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Be prepared for Science Week!


Podcast: How the ASTC helps science centers shine!

Written by Ben Newsome on October 6th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 22 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Even the best science & technology centers in the world need a support network. Ann Hernandez drops by to discuss how the Association of Science-Technology Centers helps over 600 members across 50 countries make their exhibitions even more interactive and engaging than ever for ages young and old.  

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Ann Hernandez from the ASTC
Helping science centers shine!

Podcast: Inspiring critical thinking with Living Maths

Written by Ben Newsome on September 23rd, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 20 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Steve Sherman, TEDx speaker & Director of Living Maths, shares his highly student-centered approach to teaching mathematics & logical reasoning. In many ways it’s not about how integers are moved in equations, it’s about producing a learning environment that students can thrive in.

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Steve Sherman of Living Maths
Inspiring critical thinking!

Fizzics is a finalist for 3 WSABE Awards!

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

Excellence in Business, Education & Social Enterprise

Wow, Fizzics is a finalist for three awards for the upcoming Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence! This will be the 27th WSABE Awards, an annual celebration of businesses that work to create opportunity and growth throughout the Greater Western Sydney region. Hosted by the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, each award category is judged by an independent panel of experts.

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WSABE 2017 Awards
Winners announced September 15

Teaching Topics: Awards, edchat, education , events, outreach

Innovation Games rock Sydney Olympic Park!

Written by Ben Newsome on August 23rd, 2017.      0 comments

A science bonanza at Sydney Olympic Park!

The last day of National Science Week finished with a bang in the heart of Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday! With help from Federal Government via Inspiring Australia and the NSW State Government, the Innovation games concluded the Sydney Science Festival with flare as more than 20 captivating STEM providers descended on Cathy Freeman Park to bring science to the public. From autonomous cars & drones to discussions on the mathematics of zombie outbreaks and how to counter mosquito infestations, western Sydney celebrated scientific innovation & creative thinking with over 4000 attendees!

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Celebrating innovation and STEM!

Teaching Topics: events, kids , outreach , scicomm, scied, STEM

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!

Podcast: How volunteering for museums opens doors & deepens knowledge

Written by Ben Newsome on July 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 8 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Getting a gig at a major science museum can be highly competitive. We chat with Karen Player, Manager for Museum Outreach at the Australian Museum, who began her museum career in 1998 when she began volunteering on the museum floor. Plus we look at what it was like as an early career science presenter and discuss her current work with the Museum in a Box program, delivering science outreach events as well as the highs & lows of teaching classes via video conferencing.

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Karen Player from Australian Museum

From volunteer to outreach extraordinaire!

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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Indigenous science that works

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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Helping preschoolers learn!

Fizzics wins NBN major grant to build education studio

Written by Ben Newsome on March 29th, 2017.      0 comments

New science education about to be built!

Woohoo! Fizzics Education was announced as a major grant recipient of $25K from the ‘Grow with nbnTM' program. The new funding will now allow Fizzics to create a purpose-built distance education space, complete with a chroma-key green screen, sound proofing and the ability to run concurrent video conference sessions.

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Fizzics boiling water demo in video conference
We're looking forward to build!


Filming for Create on ABC Me

Written by Ben Newsome on February 21st, 2017.      0 comments

Lights, camera, action!

Last week Ben in Melbourne had a blast filming a series of fun space science experiments for an upcoming episode of Create on ABC ME. From modelling meteorites creating craters on the moon through to demonstrating phases of the moon using Oreo cookies, Ben clearly had an awesome time working with the talented team at the ABC studios in Melbourne

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Ben hamming it up at ABC ME studios
It was very, very serious :)

Teaching Topics: edchat, media , outreach , STEM, television

The PwC 21st Century Minds Accelerator Program Commences!

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

This year PwC (formerly Price Waterhouse Coopers) launched a large STEM initiative aimed at "unearthing, growing and scaling Australia’s best STEM education initiatives focused on building Australia’s pipeline of innovators and problem solvers".

As part of this, Fizzics has been selected to work with some of the best eduaton & business minds in the country to establish our science clubs across the country. So... what does this all mean?

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21st Century Minds Accelerator Program

PwC is aiming high for STEM 
Teaching Topics: edchat, outreach, ozscied , scicomm, STEM, teaching

Merry Christmas from the Fizzics team!

Written by Ben Newsome on December 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

Merry Christmas! Thank you for your support in yet an other awesome year for the team at Fizzics. things are on the horizon for 2016 too :)

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2015 christmas party in Sydney

Merry Christmas everyone!

Teaching Topics: club, edchat, outreach , scicomm

Running dinosaur science at Australia Zoo

Written by Lia on December 3rd, 2015.      0 comments

The Fizzics team in QLD were so excited to be invited to join the celebrations at Australia Zoo on 1st December. Not only were we celebrating Bindis’ awesome win of the US Dancing with the Stars (how amazing was she?!), but it was Robert Irwin’s 12th birthday! 

We packed the Fizzics ute with as many fossils as we could fit in the back as well as all of the ingredients to make A LOT of dino snot... just 'cause we can...

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Palaeontology at Australia Zoo!

Teaching Topics: Dinosaurs , events, outreach , scicomm, teaching

Get the dirt on soils! Teaching soil science to the public…

Written by Ben Newsome on March 30th, 2015.      0 comments

Well it’s April again and the Sydney Royal Easter Show swings into high gear as people descend into Sydney Olympic Park from far and wide.

This year we have teamed up with the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to bring soil science to the masses, plus run some school hands-on workshops and video conferences to boot! This is such an important topic as the understanding of how soils work is critical for effective farm and environmental management and we
were very happy to put this together!

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Sieving soils for texture

Fizzics Takes Australian Science to China

Written by Ben Newsome on March 17th, 2015.      0 comments

When the school bell rings at the end of the day in China, for most children this does not mean that it is home time.

Many kids head off to lavish ‘training centres’ where they can learn dance, art, ceramics, language, music or sports. As part of its ongoing commitment to bring to science to audiences in any location, Fizzics Education arrived in Shenzhen in early March to add the Australian science curriculum to the options for after-school education in Guangdong province. Focusing on classic hands-on exploratory activities for children aged 3 to 12 years old, Fizzics Education staff will be delivering dual language workshops and shows each week throughout the coming year with a view to establishing permanent operations in the area.

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Science club now established in China!

Whale science shows with Australian National Maritime Museum

Written by Ben Newsome on April 24th, 2014.      0 comments

Throughout Easter 2014 Fizzics Education worked with the Australian National Maritime Museum to produce a Whale Science Show for the school holidays.

This show was developed to coincide with the installation of a whale exhibition within the museum and bring new visitors into the Darling Harbour site.

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Whale science at the Maritime
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, museums , outreach, scicomm, STEM

Fizzics and Nova FM help launch Officeworks back to school basics 2014

Written by Ben Newsome on January 24th, 2014.      0 comments

What a fun way to start 2014! 

In collaboration with Nova FM we ran liquid nitrogen shows and hands-on science workshops in Adelaide, Brisbane, Wollongong and Melbourne on January 22 as part of the Officeworks back to school basics launch.

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Getting our science on!

Teaching Topics: edchat, events , media , outreach, scicomm, STEM

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