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Podcast: DigitalEd & the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Written by Ben Newsome on July 18th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 59 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Bringing students into the great outdoors offers them the opportunity to enjoy and discovery unique natural environments through meaningful, quality and fun educational experiences. Listen in to hear the latest updates from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Education Team about how they inspire students and teachers to get outdoors and connect with nature.

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It's all about connecting learners to the outdoors
 

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! 

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Peninsula Community of Schools

Inspiring schools creating STEM Festivals!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, events , podcasts, STEM, teaching
 

Podcast: The Science and Engineering Challenge

Written by Ben Newsome on June 19th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 57 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Listen to Dr Terry Burns as he describes why science & engineering challenges help students prepare to work collaboratively and creatively in real-world environments.

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Challenging students Australia-wide to expand their creativity
 

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
 

Podcast: Virtual Reality in the Classroom

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

Episode 56 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Amanda Fox, an amazing educator and expert in digital technology in the classroom. An ISTE Emerging Leader & PBS Digital Innovator, get ready with pen and paper as in this episode you'll learn from Amanda about a bunch of platforms and ideas for using virtual reality in education plus much more!

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Amanda Fox

Taking VR to new levels
Teaching Topics: edchat, edtech, education, podcasts, STEM , teaching
 

Dollar stores: A treasure trove of materials for teaching science!

Written by Jacqui on May 31st, 2018.      0 comments

What can you find at your local discount store?

Join Jacqui on a shopping trip to look for inexpensive teaching materials for your next science lesson. Cheap finds and science experiment hacks in this week's blog!

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Thrifty science resource ideas!

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

Podcast: #PrimarySTEMChat with Rachael Lehr

Written by Ben Newsome on May 19th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 54 of the FizzicsEd podcast

#PrimarySTEMChat comprises a group of highly motivated primary science educators who chat every Thursday night on Twitter about all things primary STEM! Science and digital technology specialist Rachael Lehr drops by to talk about what she knows works in a primary science classroom and the importance of open-ended investigations for growing minds.

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Rachael Lehr

It's all about STEM for the younger years!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts, STEM, teaching
 

Podcast: Townsville STEM hub & more

Written by Ben Newsome on May 14th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 53 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Sarah Chapman is on a mission to inspire the next generation of STEM thinkers in QLD and beyond. From setting up the North QLD STEM Hub in Townville to spreading her knowledge gained from her recent Barbara Cail Fellowship into women in STEM, her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. As part of the expert advisory board for Women in Science Australia and the head teacher of science at Townsville State High School, wonder she received the Prime Minister’s Secondary Science Teaching Prize in 2013!

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Sarah Chapman

Inspiring QLD students!
 

Podcast: YouTube & Science Content

Written by Ben Newsome on May 5th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 52 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ever wondered whether a science video on YouTube, Vimeo or similar does the best job it can in teaching students science? PhD candidate Petr Lebedev from the School of Physics at the University of Sydney is researching exactly that. For Petr, it's not just the content that matters... it's also about whether the video grabs the viewer's attention enough to create deeper questions and reflections on the science behind the visuals.

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Petr Lebedev

Researching impacts of YouTube in science reflection
Teaching Topics: edchat , education, podcasts, scicomm, teaching
 

Podcast: Why data science is essential

Written by Ben Newsome on April 22nd, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 50 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Dr Linda McIver started out as an Academic with a PhD in Computer Science Education. When it became apparent that High School teaching was a lot more fun, Linda began a highly successful career at John Monash Science School, where she built innovative courses in Computational and Data Science for year 10 and year 11 students. Nominated one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM in 2017, Linda is passionate about creating authentic project experiences to motivate all students to become technologically and data literate.

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Dr Linda McIver

Teaching students to understand data
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , maths, podcasts, STEM, teaching
 

Podcast: Sydney Science Festival

Written by Ben Newsome on April 8th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 48 of the FizzicsEd podcast

The Sydney Science Festival celebrates and showcases Sydney’s diverse and multidisciplinary science and innovation community through a program of talks by world-leading researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions and family events exploring all areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Today we speak with the event producers, Catherine Polcz, the Program Producer (Science) from the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences and Ellie Downing, the Manager for Science Engagement and Events at the Australian Museum.

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Sydney Science Festival

Science shines in Sydney!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , podcasts, scicomm, STEM
 

Podcast: Inclusion in STEM with the Warren Centre

Written by Ben Newsome on March 31st, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 47 of the FizzicsEd podcast

From inspiration at school through to developing the next entrepreneurial leaders in STEM, the Warren Centre’s Inclusion² program is designed increase young women's participation and leadership in STEM. Partially funded under the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, Inclusion² together with help from Rare Birds is genuinely about making a difference. Today we speak with Alexandra Harrington, Chief Operating Officer of the Warren Centre to find out more!

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Alex Harrington
Promoting inclusion of women in STEM
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , podcasts, STEM
 

Podcast: STEAM at the Museum of the Riverina

Written by Ben Newsome on March 25th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 46 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Students creating museums exhibitions? Love it! In this episode we speak with Sam Leah who is working on "STEAM the Museum", a project where an opportunity class from Sturt Public School are working to create an interpretative robotic display that will tell the story the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Wagga Wagga, NSW. From meshing coding & the arts together to designing interpretative displays, this project is all about students making history come alive.

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Samantha Leah
Inspiring students in the museum!
 

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!
 

Podcast: How Scienceability challenges stereotypes

Written by Ben Newsome on March 5th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 43 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Siân Keys, an educator with a passion for breaking down barriers. On this episode you'll discover why she formed Scienceability, an organisation that challenges the traditional ideas of 'who does science' by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to lead science classes for the public during National Science Week.

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Scienceability with 2017 Inclusion Awrd
Challenging stereotypes in science!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , kids, podcasts, teaching
 

Podcast: How to nail a 3 minute thesis

Written by Ben Newsome on February 19th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 41 of the FizzicsEd podcast

What makes an awesome science presentation? At the Postgraduate Research Forum Speakers at a 3-minute thesis pitch event at the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (UNSW BEES) you certainly can find out!  In this podcast, we chat with two of the finalists, Claire Brandenburger and Hayden Schilling, about what they did to prepare themselves to pitch their entire thesis in three minutes.

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Craft your pitch!
 

"If you can't see it, you can't be it"

Written by Kate on February 11th, 2018.      0 comments

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

In 2015, the United Nations proclaimed February 11th the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Today, Kate looks back over the strong STEM women she looked up to as a child, and who changed her life for the better.

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Teaching Topics: edchat, education , STEM , teaching
 

Podcast: Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Written by Ben Newsome on February 5th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 39 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Ever wanted to know what it's really like to work at a Dinosaur Museum? Well now's your chance as Education Coordinator & Laboratory Supervisor Steven Rumbold takes you behind the scenes at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. Situated in the heart of regional QLD, this museum is a thriving research facility where you and your students can join real dinosaur digs and help unearth Australi's ancient past. 

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Uncovering Australia's ancient history!
 

Most popular podcasts of 2017

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

Insights from STEM education specialists

With so many awesome guests on the weekly FizzicsEd podcast, it's been a blast chatting with some of the best science education specialists from Australia and around the globe. Every episode has been highly popular, with a variety of insights into how different teachers, science communicators, museum professionals and outreach educators think when it comes to inspiring people of all ages. Amongst all of the episodes some were clearly revisited time and again... so... without further adieu, here's the most popular FizzicsEd podcast episodes that were released in 2017!

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Fizzics Ed podcast
Science audio on demand!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , media, podcasts, STEM, teaching
 

Podcast: Reef HQ Aquarium & enviroED

Written by Ben Newsome on January 28th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 38 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Meet Craig McGrogan, an incredibly dedicated environmental educator at ReefHQ who for many years has run science workshops, citizen science and ecotourism programs in the heart of tropical north QLD. ReefHQ is the National Education Center for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority whose mission is to inspire everyone to protect and conserve the world's largest reef system. We chat about the educational school programs on offer, how tertiary students from across the globe can engage in real science on the reef itself as well as their multi-award-winning distance education program and more!

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Underwater science up close!
 
 

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