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Podcast: Less screen time & more STEM at the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, Michigan

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

Episode 13 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Learning by doing is by far the best way for kids to learn skills for life. At the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, the Corrina Strecker and the team have created an immersive STEM environment that captures kid’s imaginations and teaches families valuable lessons in creativity, exploration and collaboration. From interactive water play through to Halloween slime sessions, Corrina and the team at Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum know how to grab a kid’s attention. Let’s get a little messy!

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Corrina Strecker from Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum
Putting the A in STEM!
 

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!

 

Science songs: teaching science through the power of music!

Written by Jacqui on May 14th, 2017.      0 comments

Can you teach science through songs?

Music is a fun and accessible way to inspire learning. Why not add a musical flair to jazz up your STEM lessons? Engage kids with catchy melodies and clever lyrics for more effective learning. Get your students involved, then watch them teach themselves and their classmates through creative song-writing!

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Confident baby with text
Learn science through songs!

 

Animated science infographics we love!

Written by Ben Newsome on March 27th, 2017.      0 comments

Science made visual!

Using science infographics in the classroom can be a quick way to get students to quickly visualise the ideas you're putting forward. Why not look further for some animated versions which grab the attention of the students and dive deeper into the detail?

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animated wooden person
Animation is always better!

 

6 tips for teaching students to create awesome science posters

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

Grab the attention!

Presenting the context to students doesn't just have to be as part of an assessment component; the ability to create a science poster is an important skill for scientists wishing to summarize their research findings at conferences to attract discussion or even win funding for further research! So with this in mind, the following lists some ideas that students can use to help out their thoughts together...

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Microbes poster at Mt Keira Demonstration School
Make it fun!

Teaching Topics: Art, edchat, scicomm , scied , STEM, teaching
 

How to teach science using role plays

Written by Ben Newsome on November 1st, 2016.      0 comments

Using role plays to grab the imagination!

Role playing in education has been used for years as a tool for kids to understand the world around them. By combining play, games and simulation in scenarios that teach science, students get a real feel for what it is like to be in the real situation. The main thing is that you'll need to do a bit of thinking and pre-planning so that your role play in the classroom has the best chance of succeeding!
 

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role play as a vet
It's more than just dress-ups!

 

Colour blindness in the classroom

Written by Ben Newsome on June 9th, 2016.      0 comments

Can your students see clearly what is happening in class?

Many people are aware of the variety of colour blindness tests available. The thing is, how often does the inability to perceive colours get picked up in class? Does it really have an impact on education, or is it just an oddity?

As I myself have a form of red-green colour blindness, I thought I might dive deeper into this from a personal perspective as well as from a science educators point of view.

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Ishihara Colour blindness test
Can your students perceive colour?

 
Teaching Topics: Art , biology, edchat, education , STEM, teaching
 

Teaching STEAM on a limited budget

Written by Ben Newsome on June 5th, 2016.      0 comments

Let your student's creativity shine, without breaking the bank!

Teaching science in your classroom doesn't necessarily have to be just about following the textbook. If you want to truly engage kids in the sciences you have to tap into their creative side, that is, let them go about solving a scientific problem their own way and see where their discoveries take them. 

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marshmallow tower
Simple materials, serious science!

 
Teaching Topics: Art , edchat, education, scicomm, STEM, teaching
 

Vivid: science lessons on light & colour

Written by Ben Newsome on June 1st, 2016.      0 comments

Use the Vivid Light, Music & Ideas Festival to your advantage!

With the Vivid Light, Music & Ideas Festival in full swing in Sydney from May 27 until June 18 this year it's the perfect time to teach light & colour with your students. Students love colour, they love lasers & they love experiments. Sounds like a great time to explore further.

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Sydney Opera House Vivid
Science gets pretty :)

 
Teaching Topics: Art , edchat, education, events , scicomm, STEM, teaching
 

Science and Art video conferences by the Cleveland Museum of Art

Written by Ben Newsome on June 12th, 2014.      0 comments

 
After an inspiring time at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History I headed over to the Cleveland Museum of Art to visit Dale Hilton and her distance education team.

One of the reasons I wanted to visit was to find out how the museum mixes art and science in a video conference setting. In teacher professional development sessions I’ve often argued that science doesn’t have to be run by itself and that mixing it up produces richer meaning for students

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knights-castles-kings
Chroma-key brilliance!
 
 

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