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More useful apps for teaching science!

Written by Ben Newsome on August 15th, 2018.      0 comments

Devices at the ready!

Whether you're teaching early learners, primary-aged kids or high school students, there are plenty of science apps that can help support your classroom. Here's just some that have caught our eye this year!

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Apps for the classroom
So many science apps to choose from!

Teaching Topics: edtech, education , preschool , teaching

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: Inspiring schools creating STEM festivals

Written by Ben Newsome on July 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 58 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Discover an inspiring story of how 13 schools in the Northern Beaches of Sydney have come together to form the Peninsula Community of Schools, a collaborative group of motivated educators that put on STEM Festivals and so much more. Get inspired! 

Listen to FizzicsEd on Apple Podcasts  FizzicsEd podcast available on Stitcher  soundcloud-logo 

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Peninsula Community of Schools

Inspiring schools creating STEM Festivals!

Tips for explaining abstract concepts to early learners

Written by Ben Newsome on June 4th, 2018.      0 comments

Making key concepts understandable for young children

Explaining science & technology to early learners can be quite the challenge, especially when the ideas you want to convey are difficult for kids to visualise. In this article, we look into some ways to break down the communication challenge and make your preschool science lessons more meaningful for children!

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Preschooler with fireworks glasses
Helping kids understand their world

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , preschool, teaching

Why is science important?

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

... even if you're not a scientist

It would be hard not to notice the renewed focus on science & technology these days. Lately not a week goes by without the media discussing how science will impact on our lives and how the next generation needs to have a strong grasp of science to understand and thrive in a rapidly changing world. But what does this all mean for someone who's not a scientist?

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Boy looking into a microscope
Examine your world!


Most popular science teaching ideas of 2017

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

Science teaching ideas that people loved this year

What a year! This post lists 10 of the most shared science teaching ideas that we wrote in 2017. Some of these articles are perfect for teaching from preschool to Year 12, whereas others are more general nature. Either way, we've had a ball putting together these STEM ideas on the blog for you... enjoy!

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mixing it up
Just some of >100 teaching ideas!

Teaching Topics: education , preschool , scicomm, teaching

Science in Blaze and the Monster Machines

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

Preschool STEM on TV!

Science for preschoolers! Since 2014, Nickelodeon has run Blaze and Monster Machines, an animated cartoon series designed to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts to preschool children. Created by Jeff Borkin and Ellen Martin, Blaze and the Monster Machines highlights concepts such as friction, trajectories, volume and more for kids in a fun way! With an underlying STEM curriculum developed by Dr Christine M. Ricci, the show follows several monster trucks and two human characters who solve challenges using their knowledge of STEM.

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STEM in Blaze and the Monster Machines
Science made accessible


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!


Our comprehensive guide to SLIME!

Written by Jacqui on May 30th, 2017.      0 comments

Why slime?

They're making it at home, at school, and even selling it on the internet! Slime-making is the latest fad sweeping across the globe. We've combed the internet to bring you this extensive list of recipes, ideas and the science of slime!

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boy sticking tongue out while holding green slime with his fingers
Gross/Awesome sensory play!


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.

Listen to FizzicsEd on Apple Podcasts  FizzicsEd podcast available on Stitcher  soundcloud-logo

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

How to pick a great educational science toy

Written by Ben Newsome on April 12th, 2017.      0 comments

What do we look for in science toys?

Science educational toys, they're everywhere! A trip to the shopping mall will take you quickly past racks of toys and gizmos, each proclaiming a variety of educational benefits that be gained. The question is, are the claims for these educational toys all that they're stacked up to be?

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Tornado twister science toy
Science toys engage kids!

Teaching Topics: edchat, preschool, STEM, teaching

Robo Wunderkind: early years robotics & blocks combined

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

Building robots just got better

Delivering school STEM workshops across the country is such a rewarding job, especially when you get to hear from motivated teachers about the new edtech solutions they've come across! This week was one of these weeks where we heard about Robo Wunderkind, a combination of robotics and building blocks that's bound to grab kids attention!

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Robo Wunderkind with a Lego man on top
Cute, but with power under the hood


10 Science experiments for toddlers

Written by Ben Newsome on December 22nd, 2016.      0 comments

Toddler science made simple!

Are there science experiments that a 2 year old could do? Absolutely! Young children are rapidly learning about their world through their 5 senses and as such you can easily provide rich experiences that show how the world works just by targeting sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. In this post we look at some simple ways you can start introducing science to your toddler.

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making sherbet
Science for early learners!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education, kids , preschool, 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!


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 teaching science to preschool children

Written by Ben Newsome on July 4th, 2016.      0 comments

Early learning science that works

There are so many options for teaching science in an preschool setting! Kids are highly inquisitive at this young age with an eagerness to investigate their world that older kids rarely match. Why not take advantage of this and create science lessons to match their enthusiasm?

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sights and smells
Curious kids love their science!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education, kids , preschool , STEM, teaching

5 ways Beebots can teach students

Written by Ben Newsome on June 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Coding for younger students

Got to love a Beebot! They're such a well designed robotics teaching tool for young students that not only serve as an entry mechanism for more complex robotics but used correctly can be a versatile tool for teachers wanting to creatively teach classroom content.

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3 beebots lined up in a row
A powerful tool for learning


5 solutions to classroom organisation & lesson planning using Trello

Written by Ben Newsome on May 22nd, 2016.      0 comments

How to get your classroom on task and organised!

These days there are so many little tasks a busy classroom teacher need to keep track that it can almost be overwhelming, especially for a new teacher on their first placement! The good news is that there are free apps that can certainly support you and their ease of use makes it breeze to get started. One of the best solutions around for getting your class organised and on track is Trello

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trello tile
Getting organised using Trello


Pinterest for education: it's a hive mind of ideas!

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

How to use Pinterest to remember all of those experiments!

Ever been planning for a science lesson and for the life of you cannot remember that experiment website you needed? Pinterest is most definitely the education app for you! Established a couple of years ago, Pinterest is a free virtual cork board where you can sort and save all those science experiment procedures and background information that you need as a practicing teacher for quick access.

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pinterest round logo
Time to get pinning!


Teachers Toolbox - inexpensive materials that teach science at a pinch

Written by Ben Newsome on April 12th, 2016.      0 comments

Would you be prepared to run a STEM lesson at a moment's notice?

We have a look at the simple science materials you can always have on hand to run engaging science lessons that learners will care about and where you don't have to scramble for that missing ingredient. It's time to stock your 'go box!'.

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Ping pong ball, glass, tissue paper and container of water on a black table
Simple materials that teach


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