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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

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


Podcast: Accelerating STEM in Preschools

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

Episode 24 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Little Scientists Australia is a nation-wide accelerator program for preschool teachers wanting to make STEM shine for early learners. Funded by the Australian Federal Government and supported by PwC, the Little Scientists team is helping prepare young minds by building capacity.

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

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Sibylle Seidler and Heike Schneider from Little Scientists
Accelerating STEM in Preschools!

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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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


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? 

Create a science fair at your school that draws attention!

Written by Ben Newsome on February 17th, 2016.      0 comments

Science fairs are so much fun to put together and they really bring your school hall to life when done properly.

Who wouldn't want to come visit your school when the students have created robots, DNA extractions, weather simulations, colourful chemical concoctions and more? ... it's certainly much more interesting than bare polished floor space! What better time to do this than during National Science Week?

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Al Faisal College National Science Week 2016

Getting into the spirit!

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