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Podcast: EarthEcho with Jaclyn Gerakios

Written by Ben Newsome on November 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 67 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Get inspired as we chat with Jaclyn Gerakios, Expeditions Manager for EarthEcho International which a global leader in marine science education for schools and beyond. We chat about the recent expedition held in Victoria as well as how EarthEcho works with students across the globe to help create a sustainable future.

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Jacyln Gerakios on the beach with turtles

Creating a sustainable future
 

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: 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!
 

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: 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: Neil Bramsen on the importance of primary science education

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

Episode 25 of the FizzicsEd podcast

We speak with Neil Bramsen, recent winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and Assistant Principal at Mt Ousley Public School in NSW. From students counting birds for citizen science to using drones & robotics, Neil’s passion for STEM clearly shines through!

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Neil Bramsen in front of a window
Primary Science Matters!
 

Podcast: Establishing a bone museum in regional QLD

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

Episode 19 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Deb and Jaimie Cook, two highly motivated educators who are putting together the Gympie Bone Museum Project in QLD. This is on top of running two successful STEM businesses in Dissection Connection and RockHoundZ. So much science, so little time!

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Deb and Jaimie Cook
Supporting regional QLD!
 

Podcast: The Museum of Human Disease… biology teaching at its best

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

Episode 15 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Hidden in the heart of UNSW is the Museum of Human Disease, a fascinating site filled with over 3000 unique specimens for students study and for the public to check out. Recently named one of the city’s treasures by the Sydney Morning Herald, the museum is part of the school of medical sciences and provides information to the public about health, disease, human anatomy and biology. Visitors will see and learn about various infectious, genetic and lifestyle-related diseases. The Director for the Museum, Derek Williamson, takes us behind the scenes to learn more about how the museum is now educating people globally.

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Derek Williamson
Making human biology come alive!
 

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!
 

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
 

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!

 

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
 

How to teach classification with simple stuff

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

Teaching kids to sort things logically

So you want to teach your students how biologists classify organisms but you're a bit short of materials to use? Get creative! You don't have to have a bunch of museum quality specimens on hand to teach kids how to group things based on similarities. There are plenty of things you could use, even if they have nothing to do with living things!

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Pile of Lego
Lego® can teach Biology!

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

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
 

Need to teach about plant structure? Raid your fridge!

Written by Ben Newsome on March 10th, 2016.      0 comments

This one seems like a simple task to run with your students but you might be surprised about the results.

Next time you're planning on running a basic plant anatomy class with your students, why not pop down to the shops and pick up some grocery items from the fruit and vegetable aisle to test them with? 

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Fruit and vegetables on a kitchen bench

What plant part is that? 
 

Nina Mason Pulliam Ecolab

Written by Ben Newsome on June 8th, 2014.      0 comments

Following my visit to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum I dropped by the Nina Mason Pulliam Ecolab. Situated in Marian University, the NMP Ecolab is designed as a living laboratory for local students to study the ecology of the Indiana prairie’s, woodlands and freshwater streams. 

The strength of the video conferencing lies in the interactivity; classes are sent materials to interact with which means the distance lesson is not a ‘talking head’...

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Nina-Mason-Pulliam-Ecolab
Biology teaching in Indiana
 

Alaska Sealife Centre: marine wildlife video conferences

Written by Ben Newsome on June 2nd, 2014.      0 comments

After a visiting the Alaska Zoo the Churchill Fellowship continued down to Seward to visit the Alaska Sealife Centre. Set on the edge of town on the shores of Resurrection Bay, the Alaska Sealife Center specialises in cold water marine animals and is Alaska’s only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility.

On entering the Center I immediately headed upstairs to meet Darin Trobaugh, a distance education specialist getting ready to run a video conference on Marine Mammals and their Adaptations to some year 4 students on Long Island...

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Alaska-Sealife-Center-video conference
Presenting on the floor :)
 

Alaska Zoo: new distance content ready for schools

Written by Ben Newsome on May 30th, 2014.      0 comments

This leg of my Churchill Fellowship dropped me into Anchorage in Alaska to see the Alaska Zoo education team and view what they have been doing to setup their distance education school sessions. 

Accompanied by Pamela Lloyd from GCI SchoolAccess and my sister, we met Stephanie at the front entrance...

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alaska-zoo
Northern exposure...
 
 

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