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Podcast: FizzicsEd now in California!

Written by Ben Newsome on August 7th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 61 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Fizzics Education is now on the ground in San Diego! Hear from co-founder Jeanette McConnell of Fizzics Education USA about her work in science outreach and her thoughts on what makes hands-on experiments memorable.

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Jeanette pouring dry ice and green liquid from a flask into a glass owl

Hands-on science rocking the States!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education, podcasts , scicomm, teaching
 

Gamechangers and changemakers

Written by Kate on August 4th, 2018.      0 comments

Spreading knowledge & ideas

This National Science Week, we’ve been out around Sydney with the Game Changers Show. We’ve talked about people who changed the way we operate – from Archimedes to Elon Musk, Ada Lovelace to Elizabeth Blackburn. But we’ve been being asked the most questions about the final three discoveries we mention in the show. So we’ve collated together some extra information about these discoveries for you.

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Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao
Making the right waves

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

Podcast: Museums & Education

Written by Ben Newsome on July 30th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 60 of the FizzicsEd podcast

All about museum education and the thoughts behind public exhibitions at the Australian Museum! Ellie Downing is the Manager for Science Engagement and Events at the Australian Museum and has been involved in science engagement and content creation for many years in the museum sector. Listen in as we chat during the busy lead up to the Australian Museum Science Festival.

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Ellie Downing

Making museums come alive!
Teaching Topics: edchat, museums, podcasts , scicomm, STEM
 

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
 

Hot Topic: Volcanoes!

Written by Jacqui on June 16th, 2018.      0 comments

Things to learn from Mt. Kilauea's eruption!

Are your students currently working through their module on natural disasters? With the ongoing eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii, now is a great time to talk about volcanoes if you haven't already!

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Volcano facts and current events!

Teaching Topics: edchat, environment , scicomm, teaching
 

Podcast: Youth Eco Summit

Written by Ben Newsome on May 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 55 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Very much a fixture of the school excursion calendar, the Youth Eco Summit is a major environmental education festival held in Sydney Olympic Park. In 2018, the summit will include student drama, film, music, debate, TED-style talks and global video exchanges. Find out more!

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Youth Eco Summit

Inspiring sustainability for future generations
 

Plastics and Us

Written by Jacqui on May 17th, 2018.      0 comments

Why does plastic have such a bad rep?

The invention of synthetic plastics has led to great leaps and bounds for technological progress and our society. This week we look at the chemistry of plastics and the global shift towards reducing plastic usage!

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Plastics are everywhere!

 

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: California Academy of Sciences Virtual Field Trips

Written by Ben Newsome on April 29th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 51 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Virtual science field trips can transport students to any point around the globe in real time. Today we speak with Jacque Benitez, a distance learning science specialist for the California Academy of Sciences. From running programs on astronomy through to penguins, Jacque knows how to engage remote audiences with real-time experiences about their world.

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Jacque Benitez from California Academy of Sciences

Connecting learners globally
 

SciComm-edy! Science and comedy at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Written by Jacqui on April 18th, 2018.      0 comments

More than just science jokes!

This week we explore a slightly different medium for science communication. The Fizzics Victoria Team checks out some science-related acts at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

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Science through hilarious storytelling!

Teaching Topics: edchat , events, outreach, scicomm
 

Podcast: STEMpunk

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

Episode 49 of the FizzicsEd podcast

This week it's a dual interview... one between Tom Gordon who helps anchor the STEMpunk podcast and Ben from the FizzicsEd podcast! Tom Gordon is a highly accomplished science communicator, where his work at Kickstart at the University of Sydney gives him the chance to show high school students what it is really like to run experiments at the school of physics. In this episode both Tom and Ben interview each other about their thoughts on STEM and why science literacy is so important. Something a little different!

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STEMpunk podcast

Interviews on STEM
Teaching Topics: edchat, podcasts, scicomm , STEM
 

Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast!

Written by Jacqui on April 12th, 2018.      0 comments

More science of sports!

2018 is the year for international sporting events! This month the Commonwealth Games are being held right here on our soil, in sunny Gold Coast. Here is a round up of fun science facts about some of the events at the Games, get your students to add to the list!

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Sports + Science!

Teaching Topics: edchat, events , scicomm, sport, 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!
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Let's be label conscious: Science and maths lessons from product labels!

Written by Jacqui on March 29th, 2018.      0 comments

What can we learn from a label?

Pick up any food or cosmetic product and there's a label telling you all about what it's made of. But what are these chemical names? What do these codes mean? How do we know we are getting what we are paying for? Find out how to turn an ordinary label into a lesson packed with science literacy and maths that your students can apply in their everyday lives!

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What's in my snack?

Teaching Topics: edchat, food, maths , scicomm, teaching
 

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!
 

Grant applications open for National Science Week!

Written by Jacqui on March 15th, 2018.      0 comments

Need funding for National Science Week 2018?

11- 19th August is National Science week! Planning on running an event for your students? Would love to see STEM activities for your kids to attend in your community? Grant applications have opened to all Australian schools, don't miss out!

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Be prepared for Science Week!

 

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!
 

Famous Scientists & Their Jam: Rosalind Franklin and crystallography!

Written by Jacqui on March 8th, 2018.      0 comments

A practical experiment for a science history lesson!

We love a good hands-on experiment! Why not combine it with a story taken from the science history books? Here's one for understanding the work of Rosalind Franklin, the awesome scientist who used crystallography to decipher the secret structure of DNA!

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Great scientists from the past!

Teaching Topics: edchat, history , scicomm, teaching
 

Winter Olympics 2018 - The science of figure skating!

Written by Harley on March 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

The science of Olympic sports!

Sunday night marked the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. So here is the final instalment of our coverage of this year's games: figure skating!

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Science of this graceful sport!

Teaching Topics: edchat, events, scicomm , sport, teaching
 
 

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